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Summer League 2017

Newmarket Hockey Club – Summer League – 2017 – Your Questions Answered.

What is the idea of Summer League?

Summer League is intended to be a fun and relaxed hockey tournament, with mixed teams of mixed ability and ages.  The aim is to meet other Club members from outside your team, guide some of our youngsters along, have fun, have a run around, score a few goals.  We aim to accommodate all.

When is it?

Starts Wednesday, 7th June and runs for 6 weeks, until the 12th of July.

Starts at 7:00pm and will run until 9pm. **new time!

You don’t need to be able to make every session, just be sure to let your captain know.  If you need to leave earlier or can only arrive later, this is fine too.  Teams will have additional players to accommodate this.

How do I get involved?

Please let Mel Podd know.  Please can you either send me a Facebook message or email me on:  mel.nhchockey@gmail.com.  If you would like to play as a Goalie or are available to Umpire, please can you also mention this.

Who can take part?

Summer league is open to all Club members, Juniors over the age of 13 yrs, back-to-hockey players, friends, family, parents, and new-comers who would like to try hockey for the first time in a fun and relaxed manner.

We are looking for:  Players, Juniors, Goalies, Umpires, Spectators and helpers.

Who is running Summer League and can I help?

Summer League is run by Mel Podd.  There is a lot to do to bring you Summer League and any help will be appreciated!  They are a variety of tasks and if you would like to be involved in the running of a tournament, please contact me.

How much does it cost?

£20 payable in cash to Mel Podd on the first night.  Please don’t forget to bring your money!  It is £20 flat rate regardless of how many times you can attend.

What should we bring?

Usual Hockey stuff: stick, shin pads, water.  Gun shields and Shin pads are mandatory for all under 18s.  If you don’t have a hockey stick, we have some spare ones, please let Mel know, and we will make sure you have one.  For juniors, please be aware of the weather, we can expect rain and hopefully some sun, bring relevant items for this.

How do the teams work?

This is dependant on how many people confirm that they would like to play.  There are to be 7 players on pitch, and three of them must be ladies, at all times.  If we have goalies, this will count as a player.  Players can be borrowed from other teams if you are short on the night, provided this is agreed by your opposition’s captain.  The teams will be assigned shirt colours.

Captains will be elected by the team on the first night, and will be your contact point for the remainder of Summer League.  Please let them know if you cannot make a week, cannot get there for 7pm, or need to leave early etc.

What are the Rules?

The games are played on half pitches.  There will be two games on simultaneously.

Games will be umpired by two umpires, provided by teams that are not playing at the same time, or by an umpire who is not playing.

If we don’t have goalies:

All normal hockey rules apply, but as we don’t have goalies, there are no direct strikes on goal allowed, and no short corners.  The intention of this is to keep it safe for youngsters and new players.  In the event that we have 2 or more goalies who would like to play, see below.  Any goals scored from hard hits will be disallowed, and a 16 will be taken.

Infringements in the circle will have a long corner awarded.

There will not be any P-flicks etc, as players without goalie kits cannot safely defend against these.

If we have goalies:

All normal Hockey rules apply.  We will have strikes on goal, we will take short corners.

It will be the umpire’s discretion to implement these rules, and all umpire decisions will be final.

Who Umpires the games?

Each team is required to provide an umpire for the game after you play.  This is an ideal opportunity to give umpiring a go if you haven’t before.  Captains will be required to arrange/provide these for the next game to commence.  You can borrow one from another team.

What are Captains required to do?

Arrange the team on the night ready for play.  Be the team contact point.  Arrange an umpire as required for games when you are not playing.  Make sure that the score from games played gets to Mel.

Any queries, please contact Mel.

Looking forward to it!

Cheers