Melville City Hockey Club

Melville Minkey & Grads Hockey 2017

Updated February 2017

Registration

Online registration for all existing and new members is now open. All existing and new members are encouraged to register online as soon as possible when the registration opens, to assist in nominating the correct number of teams for the club.

All teams are now full in Minkey 1 and Minkey 2, and no further registrations will be accepted in these grades. Registrations may still be accepted in Grads and Minkey 3, but are not guaranteed.

What is it?

Minkey is a modified version of hockey designed for mixed teams of boys and girls from pre-primary to grade 3. Rules are modified to encourage a safe and free flowing game. Players will be put into a team (generally 6 or 7) with a coach and team manager. Sessions go for 1 hour (30 minutes of training to teach basic skills followed by a game against another team).

Grads is a transitional year from minkey to juniors. Grads play on ¾ or full size ground with the rules of hockey introduced as the season progresses.

The club policy is that all players play according to their school year. For example, pre primary and year 1s play Minkey 1, year 2s play Minkey 2, and year 3s play Minkey 3. Grad hockey is for children (generally in year 4) transitioning into Juniors. However, if players start in pre primary they may transition to Grads and juniors a year earlier.

Dates and times

Sessions commence on Saturday 6 May 2017.

Where

Melville Minkey and Grads play at the club each week.

Cost

Registration costs are $85. There a no addition ball fees or ground access fees. (Registration costs do not include uniforms and equipment – see below)

Uniforms and equipment

All the kids playing in Melville are expected to wear the club uniform, which is available at the uniform shop, along with sticks and other equipment. A full list of available gear is available here. http://www.melvillehockey.com/shop.php

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are a compulsory piece of equipment and the club policy is that all players should have a mouthguard prior to taking the field for practice or games. Mouthguards are available at your local chemist, or from a specialist dental technician.

Coaches and managers

These volunteer positions are vital to the success of the club’s junior hockey program and in previous years we have been fortunate to have parent volunteers coach and manage the teams very well. No experience is necessary for these roles and coaches will be supported by the club. The most novice coaches can make great coaches. These are the most satisfying and rewarding roles to take on at the club. If you have experience coaching or playing or are simply interested in coaching hockey, please contact me ASAP.

Player requests

We have many requests for friends to be placed into the same team. Coaches’ requests are generally a priority when it comes to satisfying requests, however mixing up of teams each year, balancing numbers of girls and boys in the teams and players ages are generally the determining factor of team composition. Whilst we endeavour to satisfy all requests, sometimes it is not possible.


For further queries, my contact details are as follows:

mattread@westnet.com.au

0408 088 949

Matt Read

Melville Minkey & Grads Coordinator

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