Gerrards Cross Hockey Club News story


Junior Update - 2018/19 Season

13 Aug 2018

Hi all

Below you will find important information for all juniors, copied to all club members to keep everyone up to date.

I hope you have been and continue to enjoy your summer holidays.  It is the time to begin thinking about our next hockey season.  The pitch is being re-laid and it is scheduled to be completed by the start of the new school term.  This is a very exciting development and it will be a delight to play on a better quality pitch.  There are some changes to Friday night coaching for the coming season

Just as a reminder – The clubs and the leagues work on a two year age band

Hockey Age Band / Team                             School Years

U18s                                                                      12 and 13

U16s                                                                      10 and 11

U14s                                                                      8 and 9

U12s                                                                      6 and 7

U10s                                                                      4 and 5

U8s                                                                        2 and 3

 

Friday Night Session 1 – 5.15 – 6.15  This session will remain as before for U8, U10s and U12 girls

Friday Night Session 2 – 6.15 – 7.15  This session will remain as before for U12 boys, U14 girls and U14 boys

Friday Night Session 3 – 7.15 -8.15  This session has been cancelled and combined with adult coaching on a Thursday night 8pm – 9.30 BHS.  Attendance at the 3rd session was at times very low last season.  In addition we have been unable to find a level 2 coach to take this session.

Thursday Night Coaching 8pm – 9.30pm  This coaching session is taken by John Shaw whom many of you will know and I am sure will agree is an outstanding coach.  The session is open to all senior club members plus U18s and U16s.  In reality the majority of attendees at this coaching session are from the younger end of the club.    I see this as an exciting opportunity for the U16s to experience John’s exceptional senior coaching, to play with some more experienced players and to introduce them to adult hockey in a welcoming and safe environment.  I understand that the day and timing might not be ideal for all but hope that most can make it work.  Please note that it is not essential to stay for the whole 1 ½ hour session and if you need to leave at 9pm that is fine.

Dates for Coaching

Friday night coaching will commence on Friday 7th September.  There will be the usual half term and xmas breaks and the exact dates will be posted on the website soon.

Thursday night coaching , start date to be advised.

Matches

We will be entering U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 teams into the leagues – all much the same as last year.  The fixtures for U14s and U16s (not times) can be seen on www.fixtureslive.com.  It is not the most user friendly site however the locations of the teams can be found as follows:

U16 Boys             Manager – Sharon Holbrough

Fixtureslive.com   Junior/School only – Mercian Junior Hockey League - U16 Boys Challenge West

There are 6 Teams so there will be 10 matches – home and away, all on Sundays

U16 Girls              Manager – Matt Ayer

Fixtureslive.com  Junior/School only – Home Counties Girls League – No dates/divisions posted yet

U14 Boys             Manager – Fergus Stapleton

Fixtureslive.com  Junior/School only  - Mercian Junior Hockey League - U14 Development North

There are 8 teams so there will be 14 matches.  This is a good number of matches so we will need a good level of commitment from those in this age band. All on Sundays

U14 Girls              Manager – Janice Moller

Fixtureslive.com  Junior/School only – Home Counties Girls League – No dates/divisions posted yet

U12 Boys             Manager – Mark Braganza

U12 Girls              Manager – vacant

The U12s will play in the local leagues as previous years with mini tournaments being played approximately once a month either home or away, tournament style with 3 short matches on one day 1 ½ hour pitch slot, 7 aside on half a pitch. All matches on Sundays. Dates below

U10 Boys             Manager – Raj Tiwana

U10 Girls              Manager – vacant

Tournament style as above, Mixed matches 5/6 aside on ¼ of a pitch. All matches on Sundays. Dates below

U8 Boys                Manager – Vacant

U8 Girls                 Manager – Vacant

Tournament style as above, Mixed matches 5/6 aside on ¼ of a pitch. All matches on Sundays. Dates below

CONFIRMED MATCH DATES FOR BOTH AGE GROUPS

U12s (7-a-side)

U8s/U10s (5-a-side)

Series 1, round 1

30 Sep 2018

7 Oct 2018

Series 1, round 2

14 Oct 2018

21 Oct 2018

Series 2, round 1

11 Nov 2018

18 Nov 2018

Series 2, round 2

2 Dec 2018

25 Nov 2018

9th as reserve date

Series 3, round 1

13 Jan 2019

6 Jan 2019

20th as reserve date

Series 3, round 2

3 Feb 2019

10 Feb 2019

 

PLEASE NOTE – There are some vacancies for team managers.  For the U10s and U8s no hockey knowledge is required.  The main role is getting a team together and to the correct venue at the correct time.  If we cannot find managers for these teams we will have to withdraw them.  I am hopeful that we can sort something out.  With decent communication the roles could be shared between parents.   For the U12s U10s and U8s there are only six matches in the season so it is only a once a month commitment.  Please do contact me if you are able to help.

Further information regarding annual subscriptions and kit to follow in another update.

Regards

Deborah