Summer Hockey Competitions: Youth Grade, Masters, Presidents, Adult 7s & 9s
All Summer Competitions starting the week of 18 October are on hold until further notice. NHHA is now working hard to plan to ensure we can get back on the turf as soon as levels permit, with health and safety paramount. We will communicate new start dates and additional catch-up dates to clubs for each competition over the next week.
NHHA’s competition ‘return to play’ plan
NHHA is constantly reviewing the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand. Each step and level have been different from what we have previously known, so we will move as quickly as possible to clarify. To give clubs more certainty on what the return to play plan may look like; we have put together the below guidelines to provide the best possible experience for all:
We’ll commence playing as soon as outdoor gatherings of 25 people are permitted and physical distancing requirements are relaxed. If gatherings are restricted to 25, we would only be able to run 7 aside and 9 aside competitions. All 11 aside teams will play a reduced 7 aside, 9 aside, or alternative modified format.
To recommence 11 aside formats, we will need outdoor gatherings to move to a minimum of 30; this would allow 15 players per team, assuming that coaches and umpires are not included in the 30. No spectators allowed.
If outdoor gatherings move to permit 100+ per zone, spectators will be allowed back on site.
NHHA will align with guidelines and controls to manage vaccine requirements for players, coaches, and umpires, as they are communicated to us via Sport NZ and the Ministry of Health.
To enable a safe, efficient, and successful return to hockey plan, we urge everyone to get fully vaccinated.