Are the turfs open to be used now?
Yes, the turfs at NHS, Elsdon, Fraser, and Maidstone are all open at a base level from Monday 18th May. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a booking.
What is open at the facilities?
Currently, only the turfs are accessible, all other amenities are closed. WHA is working to have these opened for the community as soon as practical. From Monday 25th May, NHS will have bathroom facilities open (with regular cleaning protocols), dugouts and changing rooms will remain closed until competitions start.
What are the rules around trainings?
There are restrictions in place aligned to the social gathering regulations at level 2, the key messages are:
- Where physical contact will occur, training groups must be 10 people or less, this includes coaches or other support personnel attached to that group
- There can be more than one ‘bubble’ of 10 people training on the same field of play, however strict distancing must remain between bubbles at all times – there is no cross over of players/coaches
- Trainings can take place with more than 10 people if all participants maintain a 2m physical distance at all times
For further details, visit https://sportnz.org.nz/assets/Uploads/Play-Active-Recreation-and-Sport-at-Alert-Level-2.pdf
As a coach, what do I need to be aware of?
Refer to our training guidelines for specific ideas – Level 2 Coaching Considerations
Is contact tracing in place?
Yes, WHA has a system set up where all turf users are required to complete a current record of training attendance at our venues. We are exploring further options around app based systems for when competitions start.
When will competitions start?
This is subject to government regulations and an increase in the social gathering numbers (currently <10), we are working on tentative competition start dates as follows:
- Open Grade – TBC
- Secondary – TBC
- Primary – TBC
Will the playing fees be reduced this season?
WHA is still working through the fee structure for 2020, this will be dependant on other factors we are awaiting clarity on such as Hockey NZ affiliation fees. We hope to have more information on this as soon as possible and will communicate through the relevant clubs and schools. Your club/school will only be invoiced for the actual number of matches played.
Will there be representative hockey this year?
There is still a lot to be worked through, however our intention is to deliver some form of representative programme for U11, U13, U15, U18, and Senior’s in 2020. Right now, our primary focus is on getting community hockey back up and running, but we will continue to work through our representative planning and communicate further information when we are in a position to do so.
If I require further information, who should I contact?
In the first instance, contact your club/school, WHA is working hard to keep them well informed and updated and they should be in a position to help you. Otherwise, check the WHA website and lastly email the relevant staff member (see staff tab for roles and contacts).