Small Sticks

Small Sticks is the nationally branded junior hockey participation programme developed by Hockey New Zealand in consultation with youth sport experts. 

Otago Hockey’s aim is for all children involved in Junior Hockey to develop their individual and team skills, share the enjoyment of taking part in a team game and build a lifelong enthusiasm for Hockey.

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. 

Information for our Fun sticks program can be found under the Get Involved- Junior Tab or by contacting our Community Hockey Manager- Allan Carson at

Matches are played on the all weather artificial turf at the McMillan Hockey Centre dependent on entries. If other turf space is required Otago Hockey will organise this and inform all schools.

Mini Sticks and Kiwi Sticks are played on Wednesdays afternoons in terms 2 and 3 which have now finished for the 2020 season.

Kwik Sticks information can be found under the Competitions- Intermediate tab.

If your child's school is not participating and they would like to join a team, please get in touch with the Competitions Manager-Bonnie Gradwell at

All important information regarding our competitions are found in the Junior 2020 Competition Handbook .

Please ensure ALL team's coaches and/or team managers have read this handbook prior to the competition commencing so that they fully understand the rules/health and safety obligations and expectations.

Any questions regarding the competitions please contact Bonnie on

For more information on the national Small Sticks Programme, please click here.