The following Q&A covers the most common questions we’re asked the most.
Q. How do I join the Club?
A. Check out our Join us page to find all the information you will need.
Q. What kit do I need to play hockey?
A. You will need the following kit and equipment:
Q. What do I need to bring to play in a Club Junior Team?
A. As above, plus your stick and a match/tournament fee. The Club will provide a team shirt or bib and/or full goalkeeper kit.
Q. What Club Junior team will I play in?
A. Boys and girls will play in the following age group teams based on School year groups. Note that the rules on which year group a junior is eligible for are different for England Hockey’s Player Pathway.
|School Year||Age group|
|Year 12 & 13||Under 18s|
|Year 10 & 11||Under 16s|
|Years 8 & 9||Under 14s|
|Years 6 & 7||Under 12s|
|Year 5 & below||Under 10s|
Q. What age group would my child be in under the England Hockey Player Pathway?
A. England Hockey use year of birth rather than school year to determine the relevant age group.
|Year of Birth||2017-2018||2018-2019||2019-2020|
Q. What arrangements does the Club have in place to safeguard and protect me?
A. Read the information here which explains what we do and who you can contact for advice and guidance.
Q. Where can I find out more about developing my hockey skills?
A. Speak with your coach. There is a lot of advice and guidance on-line at England Hockey’s Junior section. Hockey camps run locally and nationally in school holidays.
Q. Can my child attend senior training?
A. Attendance at senior training (Men’s and Ladies’) is by invitation only. Speak with your coach if you have any questions. Juniors invited to attend senior training are also expected to attend Junior Academy training on Sunday AM and to play in their age group team.
Q. Will my child be selected to play in their favourite position in tournaments/matches?
A. Our policy is to rotate players between positions to support their development across all the Club’s junior teams. As we saw at the Rio Olympics, a hockey team is dependent on the strength of the squad. The way the roll-on/roll-off substitutions work in today’s fast flowing game means that players have to be able to play anywhere on the pitch as their team mates spend a short amount of time on the sidelines taking a breather before returning to the field of play.
Q. I want to be a goalkeeper. Does the Club have Junior kit?
A. We encourage all our juniors to have a go at playing in goal. We have high quality kit available for all our junior goalkeepers. This will be provided by your Team Managers at tournaments.
Q. Do you have information on the England Hockey Player Pathway (formerly Single System) in Devon?
A. Yes. The Devon Junior Hockey website should answer all your questions.
Q. I would like to attend the England Hockey Player Pathway in Devon, how do I do this?
A. Nominations can come from the Club, School or directly by a player’s parent/carer. We intend to nominate players at DC/AC levels at the season end to ensure that players and their parents are well prepared and can complete the necessary admin in good time to start in the following September.