Players are expected to be available for every fixtures match thus displaying the necessary level of team commitment. Players should notify their coach ASAP if not available to play (with good reason – e.g., injury) so alternative arrangements can be made if required. OCHC junior section wishes to avoid giving match forfeits due lack of player availability as they cost members money and are disappointing to opposition teams, other team mates, our coaches and club officials. Players should arrive at the ground for matches at least 20 minutes (coaches may want you there earlier) before the start of the game to allow adequate time for warm up and to listen to the coach’s instructions.
Matches for junior girls are played on Saturday mornings, with some age groups are usually played on Friday night. Junior Boys are usually played on Sunday Mornings, however some games can be played on Friday nights also. This is subject to change when HACT announces the competition structure before the start of the season.
Parents are reminded that all junior players require protective equipment (including shin guards and mouth guards), and runners for training and matches. Players also need to wear club uniform for matches only.
All OCHC junior teams have been allocated 5:00-6:00 Thursday on the Carter (Main Field)
It is important that all juniors bring protective equipment including shin pads and mouth guard to training, and on colder days, please make sure that your child has a jumper or jacket.
All juniors in the club will be run through skills and drills to identify their ranking by the assessors. Game play will follow and each child will be ranked and discussions will follow with selectors, age group coordinators and interested junior coaches regarding ranking, and what grade will best suit the child in the forthcoming season.
Coach rankings from 2017 may be taken into account when player rankings are being discussed
Where children want to play purely in a social team with one or two friends, an effort will be made to accommodate that wish. Please speak to your age group coordinator, if this is your child’s preference. In any event, every player will still need to undergo a skills assessment, as organised for their age group either during the launch day or at training sessions.
Team placements will not be absolute until Week 4 of the season. Until then players may be moved from team to team, depending on how they play or train. This will likely only affect a minimal number of players.
Juniors Playing Seniors
Juniors wishing to play in the Senior competition must be older than 12 years of age.
Juniors wishing to play seniors hockey will need to attend senior trials/ selections at the Launch day, and participate in senior training sessions. Juniors will be placed into senior teams based on their skill levels, attitude, and commitment levels. Selection of junior players in senior teams will based around the number of senior players in each team, ensuring a balanced team of juniors and senior mentors. In a case where there are too many adequately skilled players for one team, positions will be given to senior players first within reason.