Knowledge Gained At Intro To Umpiring Clinic

Thank you to everyone that attended our Intro To Umpiring clinic on Monday night.

The session was presented by Reece Young, an umpire with many years experience.

Reece took participants through the basics of umpiring, including how to

position yourself to best see the play, how to manage the game and players, and how to address player behaviour.

The night also saw the launch of our Junior Umpire Academy. An expression of interest was sort from players to become an umpire and also for those experienced umpires to become mentors. If you are interested in becoming an umpire or a mentor please complete the relevant form below:

The presentation from the night is also available for you to view. Click here to download it.

You can also become a Community Umpire by completing the free course on HockeyEd.

  • Visit HockeyEd and log into your account. If you do not have an account you can sign up for one.
  • Once loged in you can register for the free Community Umpire Accreditation by clicking ‘Umpire’, then ‘Community Umpire’. Here you can view the learning material.
  • Once you have read the learning material there is a short quiz with interactive videos and questions for you to answer. It should take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
  • Download the Practical Competency Checklist and organise with your local HockeyEd Coordinator to have your umpiring practically evaluated during a match of at least 45 minutes.
  • Finally let our Umpiring Coordinator, Pete Kenny know that you are willing and available to help with umpiring of games.

A Message From Our President

Last weekend we saw our official restart of the 2020 season. Despite the weather, our Kala teams had a cracking start, which is a testament to all the hard work our coaches, managers and players have put in to restarting. This has been an unusual start to say the least! The same week I became President, our season was “paused” by HockeyWA as we faced the COVID-19 shutdowns. There were moments we weren’t sure if hockey would be returning at all this year. This has only been possible because of so many people in our WA community doing the right thing and keeping each other safe.

Shutting the season down was a sprint, but reopening was a marathon. I would like to thank my committee and non-committee members who have worked so hard to make sure we were able to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes. Everyone who made sure the clubrooms were taken care of during our break, who kept communications going through our newsletter and Facebook while we were unable to meet in person, who worked extra hard keeping in touch with players, registering, organising coaches and teams and training – we would not be here today without all your efforts. We are almost back to “new normal” with the restart of Minkey in a few weeks time. I’d like to acknowledge the City of Kalamunda who checked in with us regularly to see if we needed assistance – we are very grateful to be a part of this community.

Keep looking out for each other both on and off the field. Remember to keep practicing physical distancing where we can, keep washing and sanitising hands regularly and if sick please stay home! If you see someone forget some of these rules remember its kind to remind each other so we can keep enjoying our hockey together.

Congratulations to our community on the successful start of the 2020 season and good luck Kala!

Kimberly Hortin
President Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club

Training Returns to KalaHockey

This week marks a major milestone in our return to playing hockey. It’s taken a while to get here and we very much appreciate your understanding in these difficult times. We can now confirm that training recommences this week for all senior players and select Juniors.

There are a lot of resources out there, so we’ve compiled an easy list so everyone understands what the club expects from them and what they can expect from the club. These have been developed based on advice from Hockey WA and the City of Kalamunda, as well as information from the State Government of Western Australia around Phase 2 Restrictions.

Expectations of Players – get in, get out

  • Arrival
    Players will need to wait in their cars until their training time. At Guildford, there will be a meeting area at the Northern End of the field near the toilets for teams to gather from 10 mins prior to training. At Hartfield Park, please wait in your car until your coach is ready for you. Training is staggered to support this.
  • Stick to your zone
    Each zone will have a maximum of 20 people allowed for training and players/coaches cannot cross between zones, including warm ups.
  • Players will need to come to training ready to go
    There will be no change facilities. Only bring what you need to train – stick, water bottle, car keys. The dugouts and seating will be closed so there is nowhere to leave your bags.
  • Facilities
    The only facilities available at Hartfield Park and Guildford are the toilets (and for “emergencies” only). There is no access to the changerooms/water fountains/clubroom etc
  • Sanitise
    Hand wash or sanitise before, during and after training. The venue and coaches will have sanitiser for you
  • Sign In
    Coaches will take a record of all players at training. Please make sure the club has your up to date contact details. You must be a registered player to train
  • Hygiene
    If you are not well, please don’t come to training. If a Coach notices you are not well, you will be sent home.

Expectations of Coaches

  • Physical distancing is still in effect.
    Coaches will be running training and drills that keep players 1.5m apart.
  • Sign In
    Coaches will need to take a record of players at their training session (both hockey and fitness training from 27th May). A scan or copy of this list must be sent to info@nullkalahockey.org.au after each training session. If training at Guildford, this will also need to be sent electronically to Guildford.
  • Infection Training
    All coaches will need to complete the COVID-19 Infection course before being able to recommence training with their team. We encourage all KalaHockey members to complete this training – it is online, free, and takes less than 20 minutes to complete.
  • Hygiene
    KalaHockey will provide all coaches with sanitiser and disinfectant for equipment to be used after each session.

Expectations of the Club

  • Spectators
    At this time we can’t accommodate spectators at Hartfield Park or Guildford. All seating is closed and there are no facilities accessible.
  • Drop off
    If you are being dropped off at Guildford or Hartfield Park, the driver can either wait in their car until training is finished or leave and come back. Groups should not be formed for socialising in car parks.
  • Hygiene
    In each toilet and at other convenient locations you will find a Sanitising Station. Coaches will also have sanitiser, so players can sanitise inside their Zone

We are still waiting for confirmation of the season fixtures and revised fees. At this time, most Juniors and Minkey hockey is still on pause, and we will keep you posted on any developments. If you have any feedback or suggestions following training this week please send to info@nullkalahockey.org.au so we can keep improving on our processes.

Training Times

Guildford Turf Training
Wednesday 10th June
Time Team
5:30 to 6:30 Junior 9/10 Girls
5:40 to 6:40 Junior 9/10 Boys and Junior 11/12
6:45 to 7:45 Mens 1s & 2s
6:50 to 7:50 Mens 3’s & 4’s
8:00 to 9:15 Ladies 1’s, 2’s and 3’s

Wednesday 27th May
Time Zone Team
5:45 to 6:45       North      Junior 9/10
5:55 to 6:55       South      Mens 1
7:00 to 8:00       North      Mens 2
7:10 to 8:10       South      Womens 1
8:20 to 9:20       North      Womens 2/3
8:30 to 9:30       South      Mens 3/4

Hartfield Park
Thursday 11th June
Time Zone Team
5:00 to 6:00 Zone 1 Junior 7/8s
6:20 to 7:20      Zone 1      Mens 5
6:30 to 7:30      Zone 2      Womens 4

Tuesday 9th June
Time Zone Team
5:00 to 6:00      Zone 1      Junior 5/6

Thursday 28th May
Time Zone Team
6:20 to 7:20      Zone 1      Mens 5
6:30 to 7:30      Zone 2      Womens 4

Please note that these times may change after assessment by the Committee.

References

Return To Training Plan

KalaHockey are excited to announce that planning is underway for a return to training for all our members!

This plan is being developed based on advice from HockeyWA and the City of Kalamunda, as well as information from the State Government of Western Australia around Phase 2 restrictions.

The Committee is working hard to develop the COVID-19 documents required by HockeyWA and the City of Kalamunda to allow us to recommence group training. Training may look slightly different for a while and we will provide more information on that prior to kicking off training.

Pending approval, we are working towards commencing turf training for all Seniors on Wednesday 27th May 2020, with Senior grass training from the same date. Junior training will follow shortly after this. At this stage Minkey is still paused, but we are looking at a possible Term 3 start.

Until this approval is received, no official KalaHockey training will take place, but you can continue the training you have been doing through the Phase 1 restrictions.

HockeyWA are working on new season fixtures, which at this stage looks to launch in late June and extend until the end of September. We want to give our players as much opportunity to prepare for the start of the season as we can, as well as encouraging fitness in a safe and controlled environment.

Players will be contacted by their coach or respective representative shortly so we can manage player numbers and determine if we still have enough players for our teams. Please keep an eye on your emails, social media and other contact methods.

Your representatives are:

  • Senior Men – David Robertson
  • Senior Women – Courtney Hill
  • Masters – Dave Hocken
  • Juniors – BJ O’Reilly

Once finalised, training will run at both Guildford Turf and our Hartfield Park home ground. Unfortunately due to government restrictions our club rooms will remain closed for the moment, with the exception for emergency access to the toilets.

In the meantime we strongly encourage all members to complete the Infection Control Training – COVID 19 course available from https://covid-19training.gov.au/. This is a free, short course to support each group through the Phase 2 restrictions. It would be great to see as many people as possible complete this training. We ask that anyone that does the course please email their certificate to info@nullkalahockey.org.au.

We would also encourage members to have their annual flu shot and download the Federal Government’s COVID Safe app, but these not required to train.

To our KalaFamily we again thank you for your patience in preparing for a return to training. We’ll soon be back to playing the sport we lock: HOCKEY! Please stay safe and look out for each other.

KalaHockey Moves Forward With Field Lighting Project

Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club is moving forward with plans to increase the field lighting at their club rooms at Hartfield Park.

Currently we only have sufficient lighting to cover the training area, which amounts to only two teams being able to train under lights at the same time.

KalaHockey has established a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to raise the funds for this project.

The expansion of our lighting will enable us to increase training participation, especially during the winter months when it gets darker earlier. It also gives us the opportunity to explore mid week competitions during the summer.

Anyone that would like to donate towards our lighting project can do so by clicking here.

The ASF was founded by the Federal Government in 1986 and provides a way for sporting clubs to seek funding that allow donors to make tax deductible donations for values more than $2. You can read more about how it works by clicking here.

Kalahockey Update 30th April 2020

On Monday 27th April, the Western Australian State Government made an announcement regarding restrictions around COVID-19.

The announcement stated that indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed at:

  • Weddings and funerals
  • Outdoor personal training (no shared equipment)
  • Home opens and display village inspections

This is a great result and a testament to the efforts of all of Western Australians. It may be a small reduction in restrictions, but it shows that we’re heading in the right direction.

Social distancing is still in effect and advice from the WA State Government is to:

  • Minimise all unnecessary contact with others
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshakes, hugs and kisses
  • Use tap and pay instead of cash

What this means for KalaHockey

With outdoor personal training now available for up to 10 people, players can now do fitness training in larger groups.

Unfortunately with the restriction on shared equipment, this means that there can be no use of communal equipment, such as balls.

KalaHockey is not running training sessions just yet, but with outdoor personal training now available for up to 10 people, players can do their own fitness training in larger groups, observing the guidelines set out by the State Government. A maximum of 10 people, including bystanders such as those aiding the sessions, supporters or parents, can attend at one time, being aware that no sharing of equipment is allowed (including balls).

The fields are available for group fitness training, however the club rooms (including the change rooms) will remain closed as we are unable to ensure the proper sanitation standards are maintained. Field lights also remain deactivated as per instructions from the City of Kalamunda.

If players have any questions, please direct them to your coach, and please remember when gathering to stick to the guidelines set out by the WA State Government