Hockey New Zealand will endeavour to keep the community updated on the evolving Covid-19 situation and how this impacts on the hockey community.
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Hockey New Zealand Covid-19 Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Hockey New Zealand announced that all club, school and community hockey will be postponed until Saturday 2 May, effective Thursday 19 March.
The postponement includes all hockey matches and training activities, including representative and development programmes; community and school competitions; and pre-season trials and activities.
The decision was reached in a meeting today between Hockey New Zealand and its 32 affiliated Associations. Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said “We have unanimously agreed that the health and wellbeing of our hockey community is paramount. We have not come to this decision lightly and we realise there will be widespread disappointment across our sport. However, we believe this is a necessary step in helping to minimize the spread of Covid-19”.
It was also agreed that until further notice, all training courses, AGM’s and conferences will be conducted online where possible. The Annual Hockey New Zealand Awards dinner, which was due to be held on Friday 24 April will be postponed until further notice.
In consultation with UTSNZ and Hockey New Zealand, the National Tertiary Hockey Championships that were due to be held from the 6th – 8th of May are being postponed to a later date TBC.
Hockey New Zealand will also look to review the dates for its 2020 National Tournaments and will be working with Associations to ensure that a full season can be achieved.
Mr Francis said Hockey New Zealand would continue to work with its Associations and other stakeholders to keep the hockey community informed about how best to protect everyone involved in the game.
“We have been liaising with Government officials as well as Sport New Zealand as we continue to monitor the health situation. We will be reviewing the above advisory as this situation evolves” he said.
Local associations will communicate directly with their communities about the postponement. This will include advice to Schools and Clubs who are currently trialling and are also required to postpone all activities from 19 March onward.
Training in Isolation Videos
Click here for ideas around how you can train in isolation.
Vantage Black Sticks Update
- The FIH has placed all FIH Hockey Pro League Matches on hold until the 17th May.
- As previously announced the Vantage Black Sticks Men and Women will not be travelling to Germany or the Netherlands for the Hockey Pro League Matches.
2020 National Tournament Update
- All 2020 National Tournaments have been cancelled.
- Please click here for full information.
Q – When will hockey start again?
A – The Covid-19 is an evolving situation. At the present stage, we are expecting hockey to resume on Saturday the 2nd May.
Q – Can I still go for a hit around at my local turf?
A – Our Associations have made the collective decision that our community will not be able to use the facilities during this period of time.
Q – How can I still keep up my skills?
A – Hockey New Zealand is going to be posting several videos with great training ideas from their staff. We encourage you to be innovative and resourceful around your home and send us through your own videos.
Q – Will the Hockey New Zealand AGM take place
A – Hockey New Zealand will be holding the 2020 AGM through a digital meeting. Please click here for more information.