Learn and play the great game of Field Hockey
DB Pirates' Mini Hockey is entering its 6th season and is offered to ages from 5 year to 14 year olds. We have energetic and enthusiastic young players running around on the DBIS pitch improving their stick skills week on week.
Key benefits of Field Hockey
- Improves balance and coordination
- Enhances mental strength
- Boosts speed and endurance
- Improves overall physical strength
- Promotes communication skills
No previous experience is required, no matter what your age/your child’s age! Our Hockey program is carefully constructed by our Head Coach, Rob Rowe who played Provincial hockey and coached various teams in South Africa. He is supported by an entourage of dedicated volunteer coaches and managers who work under his guidance to help players develop a love for hockey.
Mini Hockey runs in the following age groups U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 and our Hockey division has focused on building a simple structure for coaching that develops the players across all ages.
We don’t only cater for the young ones. This season, we look forward to growth of the Senior Hockey Section, for ages 16 and upwards.
Mini Hockey training sessions are every Saturday morning at the DBIS pitch. The specific training times for the various age groups are listed below:
|U6||8:00 am - 9:00 am|
|U8||8:00 am - 9:00 am|
|U10||9:00 am - 10:00 am|
|U12/U14||10:00 am - 11:30 am|
When you come to training remember to bring the following Safety Equipment:
- Shin pads – mandatory
- Mouth guards – mandatory We really want to protect your beautiful smile.
- Your Hockey stick. (First timers don’t worry – we will have hockey sticks you can use for training)
- Water bottle with plenty of water
Choosing a Field Hockey stick
Finding the perfect field hockey stick ultimately depends on preference. Try out a friend’s or get a feel for the ones in a sporting goods store. If you’re still unsure which stick is right for you, follow these guidelines to find one that suits your size, position, and experience.
The bottom of the stick, called the toe, has a rounded edge facing the right and a flat surface facing the left. The flat surface is used to hit the ball. The stick is controlled by the right hand, which should be placed at the base of the grip. The left hand is positioned at the top of the stick and is used to turn the stick.
(Sorry, lefties — there is no such thing as a left-handed field hockey stick.)
Stick Weight & Positioning
Most players prefer to use the medium-weight sticks. Forwards, however, generally use the lighter sticks for increased manoeuvrability and control. Defenders often favour heavier sticks that produce harder hits. Midfielders prefer the medium-weight sticks so they have both manoeuvrability and hard hits.
Beginners who haven’t decided on a position will be best served by choosing a medium-weight stick. This weight works well for any position. Here is the weight breakdown for sticks (in ounces):
|Stick||Weight (oz)||Weight (grams)|
|Extra Light||< 18oz||< 500 grams|
|Light||18 oz to 19oz||500-550 grams|
|Medium||19 oz to 22oz||550-625 grams|
|Heavy||22oz to 25.9oz||>625 grams|
Materials & Stiffness
Wood field hockey sticks are made primarily of mulberry or hickory. Composite and Fiberglass sticks are also legal and are predominantly used at the high school, collegiate, and Olympic and World Championship levels. The materials used in composite sticks help generate more power for hits and are used to increase durability and enhance flexibility.
Beginners tend to go for more flexible sticks (wood sticks) to help absorb shock. Advanced players usually prefer stiffer sticks (composite sticks) for increased power. Those who plan on continuing with the sport should buy composites; they are lighter, produce more power on every hit, and last longer.
The development and cost of composite sticks has come a long way and advice would be to head to a composite stick as soon as possible.
A players height dictates the length of the player’s stick. Players look for the longest stick that they can comfortable handle; the longer the stick, the longer the reach and the greater the advantage. Stick sizes range from 26-inch junior sticks and go up to 38-inch sticks for tall, experienced (generally youth and adult) players.
Ready to join the Pirates?
Click here to register for next season via our TeamSnap App.
- Kids (Minis and Youth) with Re-use kit rebate: $1750
- Kids (Minis and Youth) with new kit: $2100
- Senior Hockey with Re-use kit rebate: $1250
- Senior Hockey with new kit: $1600
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