Junior Hockey - "Small Sticks"

ActivePost Small Sticks is the nationally branded junior hockey participation programme developed by Hockey New Zealand in consultation with youth sport experts. It has been introduced to Otago and the whole of New Zealand to great success.

The aim of Small Sticks is to attract children (aged 4-13) into hockey and foster a lifelong love of the sport through a games-based approach built on skill development. Some players may make our national teams and compete on the world stage, while others may participate in the sport for the rest of their life. Small Sticks provides progressive stages for children new to hockey and let's them play a modified games at a level commensurate with their ability, with the correct equipment and in the appropriate game format. 

Small Sticks will initially develop each child's basic fundamental skills - throwing, catching, hitting and exercise - through the Fun Sticks module aimed at introducing children in Year 1 and 2 to hockey. Children will then progress through the stages of game and skill development, set out in the table below.

Mini Sticks and Kiwi Sticks are on Wednesdays after school, and Kwick Sticks is on Fridays and Mondays after school.

Competitions begin on 9th May and breaks for July school holidays. Competitions finish on 24th August 2018.

The competition information and rules are in the Small Sticks Competition Handbook HERE.

Otago Hockey will contact schools asking for team entries in Term 1 2018. Entries open on the 20th March 2018.

Matches are played on the all weather artificial turf at the McMillan Hockey Centre, and Queens High School. If other turf space is require Otago Hockey will organise it and inform all schools 

For more information on the national ActivePost Small SticksProgramme, please click here.