2017 Hockey NZ Small Sticks Programme

Hockey NZ Small Sticks is Hockey New Zealand’s nationally branded junior programme, designed to attract children aged 4–13 into hockey and foster a lifelong love of the sport.


Important dates

• Team registrations due: Friday 7th April 2017
• Player registrations are due by Friday 2 June (a link will be sent out to contacts once all registrations are received)


Playing days
The playing days are ‘to be confirmed’ as we will need to know how many teams there are first before we can set them. If we get more teams than 2017 then we may have to play a grade over two days. The outlined days below are based on last year and if the same amount of teams enter then we will play those days.


Winter Season
The Winter season timeframe for all grades (except Fun Sticks) will run from 8th May to 1st September, this equates to 15 weeks. This is to allow for weather cancellations and also other postponements due to tournaments that are being hosted by PBH. Finals dates will be set once teams have entered and a draw is completed. Fun Sticks will run for 10 weeks from Saturday 20th May.


2017 Programme

The 2017 Hockey NZ Small Sticks programme is made up of four different modules:

Fun Sticks - for Year 1 and 2 (under 6) 2017 Online Registration Link – for schools to fill in.
The Fun Sticks hockey programme is aimed at any ‘new’ players in years 1 and 2. The programme combines fundamental skills and hockey specific skills. Emphasis will be on basic skill learning including fundamental movement skills, passing, co-ordination and modified games. We encourage as many players to join in this programme. This grade will not have to enter teams, just register each player via our online registration form above.

Playing days: Saturday mornings.
10 week programme from May 20th
Cost per player: $30 per player


Mini Sticks - for Year 3 and 4 (under 9 starting on 1/4 field) 2017 Team Registration Form – for schools to fill in.

6-aside mixed played on quarter of a turf. Recommended team size: 8-10 members. Concepts of attacking, defending and basic rules are introduced. Player registrations for each team will need to be completed by Friday 2 June. A link will be sent to the team contact at a later date. The information you will need for this is name, age, M/F, school, iwi affiliation, parent/caregiver's email.

Playing days: Saturday mornings.
Cost per player: $40 per player


Kiwi Sticks - for Year 5 and 6 (under 11) 2017 Team Registration Form – for schools to fill in.

6-aside mixed played on half of a turf. Last year we introduced goalkeepers to this grade, we will continue this for 2015. The rule being you can play 6 field players + a goalkeeper. If you do not have a goalkeeper then you can only play 6 field players. Because of the new turf we will be able to introduce penalty corners this season as well. Recommended team size: 8-10 members. Team dynamics, decision making, defensive and attacking concepts, positional understanding and concepts of space are all aspects developed through the season. Player registrations for each team will need to be completed by Friday 2 June. A link will be sent to the team contact at a later date. The information you will need for this is name, age, M/F, school, iwi affiliation, parent/caregiver's email.

Playing days: Wednesdays
Cost per player: $45 per player

Kwik Sticks - for Year 7 and 8 (full field 11-a-side hockey) 2017 Team Registration Form – for schools to fill in.

11-aside mixed played on a full field turf. Recommended team size: 13-16 members. Skills developed are team dynamics, decision making, defensive and attacking concepts, positional understanding and concepts of space. Player registrations for each team will need to be completed by Friday 2 June. A link will be sent to the team contact at a later date. The information you will need for this is name, age, M/F, school, iwi affiliation, parent/caregiver's email.

Playing days: Tuesdays
Cost per player: $60 per player