Melville City Hockey Club

Melville Minkey & Grads Hockey

Updated March 2019

Online registration for 2019 is now open, for new player registrations or for existing members to re-register for the 2019 season. Existing members will need their Family Code for online registration. New registrants will be assigned a code.

Winter 2019 Season

Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking of signing your child up?

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Competition Structure

For the 2019 Season, Melville City Hockey Club will have the following Minkey/Grads grades. There is no grading, and students are encouraged to join the grade based on his/her school year.

2019 Season Dates and Times

The season will start on Saturday, 4 May 2019 and will run through until Saturday 31 August 2019.

Minkey 1:

Saturday, from 8.30am to 9.30am
(Training: 8.30am to 9.00am; Game: 9.00am – 9.30am)

Minkey 2:

Saturday, from 8.30am to 9.30am
(Training: 8.30am to 9.00am; Game: 9.00am – 9.30am)

Junior 3/4:

Saturday mornings. The final session times will depend upon the number of registrants and teams. Based on anticipated numbers, we expect:

Please also note:

What is it?

Minkey is a modified version of hockey designed for mixed teams of boys and girls from pre-primary to grade 2. 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 Minkey team).

Junior 3/4 grade is a transitional grade as the players move from Minkey into the Junior league. Junior 3/4s play on full size ground and start to learn field positions and further develop their basic skills. More rules of hockey are introduced as the season progresses. The Junior 3/4 Grade is a change from prior years, as the club previously ran a separate Minkey 3 and Grads competition. Both year groups have been combined from the 2019 season as a result of feedback that kids in Minkey 3 are often ready to move on to a larger field format.

The club policy is that all players play according to their school year. For example, pre-primary and year 1s play Minkey 1 and year 2s play Minkey 2, while year 3 and year 4 children play in the combined Junior 3/4 grade.

Where

Melville Minkey and Junior 3/4 play at the club each week.

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:

minkeygrads@melvillehockey.com

0400 446 525

Jacqui Peachey

Melville Minkey & Grads Coordinator

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