Melville City Hockey Club

Melville Minkey & Junior 3/4 (formerly Grads) Hockey

Updated February 2022

Online registration for 2022 is now open, for new player registrations or for existing members to re-register for the 2022 season.

2022 Season

Welcome to the 2022 Melville City Hockey Club Minkey and Junior 3/4 Season!

Minkey is a modified version of hockey designed for mixed teams of boys and girls from Pre Primary to Year 2. Rules are modified to encourage a safe and free flowing game. Players will be put into a team (generally 6 to 8) with a coach and team manager. Sessions go for one hour (30 minutes of training to teach basic skills followed by a game against another Melville Minkey team).

Junior 3/4 grade is a transitional grade as the players move from Minkey into the Junior competition. Junior 3/4s play on a 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. Sessions go for 75 minutes (30 minutes of training to teach and develop skills followed by a 45 minute game against another Melville J3/4 team).

Location

Melville Minkey and Junior 3/4 play at the Club each week on the grassed fields. It is located at Morris Buzacott Reserve, Kardinya.

Registrations

Registrations for 2022 are now open. Please register ASAP so we can start planning for the season ahead.

Come and Try Morning - Saturday 2nd April

The annual ‘Come and Try Morning’ is on Saturday 2nd April from 9.00am to 10.00am and is open to all current and potential Minkey and Junior 3/4 players. There is a free sausage sizzle for all participants. We encourage everyone to bring a friend along. If you know of anyone interested in playing in 2022 please direct them to the website or email the Minkey Coordinator rebecca.weddikkara@melvillehockey.com for more information.

Season Dates

Saturday 2nd April
Come and Try Morning
Saturday 30th April
Meet Your Team Session
Saturday 7th May
Season Commences
Friday 3rd June
Proposed Friday Night Fixtures (TBC and subject to turf availability)
Friday 19th August
Proposed Friday Night Fixtures (TBC and subject to turf availability)
Saturday 27th August
Season Concludes

Please note that there will be no rounds during the July School Holidays (2nd, 9th and 16th July) or on the Saturdays following the two Friday night games.

Game Times

Minkey 1 and 2
8.30 to 9.30am
Training/Skills Session: 8.30 to 9.00am
Game: 9.00 to 9.30am
Junior 3/4
9.45 to 11.00am
Training/Skills Session: 9.45 to 10.15am
Game: 10.15 to 11.00am

Note that it is likely that one Junior 3/4 fixture will be at 8.30 – 9.45am and rotated through all teams due to field availability.

Parent Involvement

The Minkey and Junior 3/4 programme relies on parents to coach and manage teams. If you are interested in and willing to coach a team this season, please email the Minkey Coordinator rebecca.weddikkara@melvillehockey.com. You will be placed as coach for your child’s team. You don’t need to have hockey experience; it is all about encouraging the kids to have fun and participate. We will provide resources to help you with basic skills and training drills.

Parents are asked to volunteer by helping the running of the BBQ on Saturday mornings. Each team is placed on a roster and is required to help out twice per season.

Team Placements and Requests

For returning players, where possible, teams will be similar to 2021 except where age groups have changed or different requests made. We also encourage schools to put together a team and where possible we keep players from the same school in the same team. If you would like to request for your child to be in a particular team, please email the Minkey Coordinator rebecca.weddikkara@melvillehockey.com by 9th April.

Uniforms and equipment

All players are expected to wear the Melville Club uniform that 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 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.


Rebecca Weddikkara | Minkey and Junior 3/4 Coordinator

Email: minkeygrads@melvillehockey.com

Tel: 0417 777 121

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