One of Hockey New Zealand’s big success stories over the last four years has been the growth of Small Sticks, a Hockey New Zealand nationally branded programme.
The Small Sticks programme is made up of four different modules:
– Fun Sticks – for Year 1 and 2 (under 6)
– Mini Sticks – for Year 3 and 4 (under 9 starting on 1/8 field)
– Kiwi Sticks – for Year 5 and 6 (under 11)
– Kwik Sticks – full-field 11-a-side hockey
Small Sticks In-School Programme
The aim of the Small Sticks In-School programme is to build a hockey legacy in targeted schools, getting children interested and hooked on hockey. It is also about the association building strong relationships between the school, the club and the coaches. The Small Sticks In-School programme includes the teacher being trained, a minimum of four coaching sessions in school time with an accredited coach, a resource kit for the school to use after the programme is finished, a festival day at the completion of the programme and recruitment material to help engage children and their parents.
Small Sticks Association Programme
Small Sticks in an association replaces junior hockey and changes the format of the game so that it matches the player’s age level and ability. Fun Sticks, Mini Sticks, Kiwi Sticks and Kwik Sticks all have different game formats and rules, and it is important that associations adopt this to ensure that there is consistency in the way the programme is delivered throughout the country.