Small Sticks Competition

Small Sticks is a Nation Wide Junior Hockey Programme. The games are modified to fit each different age group, the different grades and age groups are outlined below:

Fun Sticks: School Years 1&2, fundamental movement and basic skill programme ran by the association
Mini Sticks: School Years 3&4, Modified field 6 a-side games
Kiwi Sticks: School Years 5&6, Modified field 6 a-side games
Kwick Sticks: School Years 7&8, Full field 11 a-side games

Contact your school to find out about their Hockey teams.

If you are having trouble finding a team as your school does not have any teams please let our competitions manager know and he can help you to find a team 

Small Sticks in School Programme

This programme is ran nation wide to expose young players into hockey. 
Schools can sign up to this programme through their association.

The programme is a 3 year programme and involves:
Each class gets 4x half hour sessions per year taken by a small sticks coach
Teachers receive an inservice to teach them more about hockey
Schools receive a kit of 30 sticks and 30 balls to keep
The school gets a resource folder full of skills and drills to keep
The association will host a Small Sticks in Schools festival each year for schools in the programme to participate in.

If this is something your school is interested in or you would like to know more information please contact us today!


The Fun Sticks Hockey Programme is aimed at any "new" hockey players, generally in Years 1 and 2 at school.

The programme is not just hockey focussed, each hour long session contains fundamental movement skills, both with and without hockey sticks. We understand that young children's attention spans aren't too long, so we spend 8 to 10 minutes mastering different activities, before playing a game. The programme is 10 weeks long, and the children really improve in this time!

Otago Hockey provides the sticks and lighter hockey balls for Fun Sticks. Some parents prefer to purchase their children their own stick, as well as shin pads and mouthguard. These can be purchased at the McMillan Hockey Centre, or at any good sports shop.


Tory Dougherty, Otago Hockey’s Coaching Manager, will be looking after Fun Sticks this year. You can contact her at or 03 474 9201.


Where: Held in the Logan Park School Gymnasium 
When: There will be two intakes this year and you can choose from either Term 2 & Term 3

#Note: Due to the facilities we have a maximum of 24 kids per day so get in fast if there is a particular day you would prefer


Intake 1: Term 2- Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm or Saturdays 9am-10am
                           4th May & 6th May to 6th July & 8th July

Intake 2: Term 3- Mondays 3:30pm-4:30pm or Saturdays 9am-10am
                         24th & 29th July to 25th & 30th September

 Cost: $50  for the 10 week programme and it also include a tee shirt!

Register Here

Top orders need to be in 2 weeks before start date so please register before the school holidays before the term starts!

 *Taieri have their own funsticks programme if that is closer to you and easier. Contact for more information about the Taieri Funsticks Programme.