Below should answer all your questions on what is happening for our 2021 Hockey Season. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We will be back to play as soon as we can following our latest lockdown. We are currently updating our procedures and protocols following recommendations from Hockey NZ, Sport NZ and the government.
We have put in place the same three areas we had in the past and setting up the sanitising stations in the facility.
There will be clear up to date guideline posters when you enter the facility.
2021 Competition Key Dates:
Community hockey is being reintroduced in a cautious and methodical manner, based on the best available evidence to optimise participant and community safety. In order to be aligned to Hockey’s overarching “return to play” considerations; the following rule changes have been proposed to come into effect immediately:
Spitting and bushman nose blowing (blowing your nose without a handkerchief or tissue etc) is a practice that unfortunately occurs in our sport and must stop as it poses a significant risk to other participants.
Apply this rule consistently to all participants (i.e. no exceptions). Safety is always the key consideration. Ensure players and team management are aware of new rule changes before starting a match.
Application of Rules
When umpiring hockey, our 2 key pillars are to keep the game fair and keep the game safe. As well as the technical appreciation of a rule, it is just as important to understand the intent of the rule to ensure the best practical implementation. Apply common sense, context, and a consistent application of the rules at all times.
Under the current Covid-19 environment, wherever practical the safety aspect now needs to be extended to include new procedures to reduce contact by players and participants to an absolute minimum. All participants have a personal responsibility to identify and adhere to best health and safety protocol’s pre, during, and post a hockey match. Accordingly, the following measures are mandatory:
All protective equipment, including face masks, gloves, (and any other defensive PC equipment to be used) are not to be shared under any circumstances. Accordingly, defenders at penalty corners will need to be nominated and will need to have their own identified equipment to be allocated and worn solely by themselves.
All Penalty Corner equipment shall be cleaned and sanitised prior to and post each match.
No rule changes proposed; however, to minimize contact the following protocols are strongly recommended:
We also recommend that umpires and team management review and understand rules that apply to injuries and blood protocols, and also to check in with your Associations and turf venue to ensure that local procedures are in place and to have an awareness of what these protocols and guidelines are.
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