Hockey New Zealand will endeavour to keep the community updated on the evolving Covid-19 situation and how this impacts on the hockey community.
Please visit the government website for the most up to date information.
Training in Isolation Videos
Click here for ideas around how you can train in isolation.
Vantage Black Sticks Update
- The FIH has announced that Season 2 of the FIH Hockey Pro League will now be extended until June 2021 to allow for Season 2 to be completed prior to the Tokyo Olympics.
2020 National Tournament Update
- All 2020 National Tournaments have been cancelled.
- Please click here for full information.
- Hockey New Zealand has made a decision in partnership sith School Sports New Zealand to host the 2020 Secondary Schools Tournaments regionally in 2020. Please click here for more information
High-Performance Athlete Training Advice
High-Performance Sport New Zealand has provided the following recommendations for athletes, coaches and staff around the use of face masks at COVID 19 Alert Level 2, 3 or 4.
- Whenever in a community setting (physical distancing should not be assumed to always be possible)
- Inside training facilities, when not training
- If unable to physically distance when training.
HPSNZ also acknowledges that these are recommendations and they would encourage individuals to follow them, they recognise that the wearing of face masks in these circumstances is not mandatory and the decisions of individuals to wear a mask or not, should be respected.
- Guidelines around community hockey’s return
- Major Sports Back Return of Community Sports
- Government announces clarity around sports at Alert Level 2
- Sport NZ announces further 25 million short term relief package
- All National Hockey Tournaments Cancelled for 2020
- ACC Tips for returning to training
- Sport New Zealand Balance is Better Guidelines
Q – When will the Premier Hockey League start?
A – Hockey New Zealand has postponed the opening three rounds of the Men’s and Women’s Premier Hockey League. The League is now scheduled to play its first match on 9 September.
Q – I live in Auckland can I go to my local turf?
A – Auckland will be in Alert Level 3 restrictions until midnight on Sunday 30 August. This will mean that until the restrictions are lifted the Auckland, Counties Manukau and North Harbour facilities will be closed.
Q – I live outside of Auckland. Can I still play hockey?
A – The rest of New Zealand is in Alert Level 2. Please contact your local Association as community hockey can continue at Alert Level 2 with gathering sizes limited to groups of 100 people and contact tracing in place at all facilities.
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. We have a significant number of training videos on our social media channels that we encourage to follow along and try safely at your house.
Q – When will the FIH Hockey Pro League return?
A – The FIH announced that season 2 of the FIH Hockey Pro League has now been extended until June 2021. This will allow sufficient time for the competition to be completed prior to the Tokyo Olympics. Click here for more information
Q – Will there be any National Rep Tournaments this year?
A – Hockey New Zealand has made the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel all representative tournaments for the 2020 season. All national hockey tournaments cancelled for 2020: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Q – Will secondary schools tournament week be happening?
A – Hockey New Zealand has provided the following update around secondary schools tournaments
- The tournaments that were due to be held in Pukekohe and North Harbour have been cancelled due to the Alert Level 2 limits on gathering sizes.
- The Tournaments that were to be held in Whangarei and Rotorua (mixed) tournament is cancelled. Considering all factors including withdrawals already received the hard decision was made to cancel the tournaments. It was also essential to factor in Athlete Workload as well as factoring in the missed time that the students have had during this lockdown period.
- The remainder of the Secondary Schools Tournaments will be held as planned. Associations have been working hard to ensure that under the current Alert Level 2 restrictions robust protocols are in place to protect all participants.
Hockey New Zealand will canvas Auckland schools to test the appetite and viability of hosting an alternative opportunity for the players who have been impacted.