Hockey NSW answers FAQs

Information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2020 hockey season are posted below. Please also refer to the Hockey NSW website.

What impact does COVID-19 have on our insurance coverage?

Players, officials, and volunteers registered for the 2020 season will be covered by the National Hockey Insurance Program. The program will provide all registered participants with a minimum level of insurance protection.

Honan are the national insurance broker and details of the insurance cover, the claims portal and certificates of currency can be found on their hockey-specific website – https://hockey.honansport.com.au/

It is very important to note that Personal Accident insurance provides coverage for injuries sustained whilst participating in an activity under the following circumstances;

An official match or training sessions
Traveling to and from an official club activity
Participation in an official club function
Tours or representative matches
Personal Accident insurance does not cover illness, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Club Management and Professional Liability Insurance is provided to all incorporated hockey clubs, affiliations and associations as part of the national insurance scheme and covers for honest mistakes made by directors and officers involved in the management of the affairs for the organisation. However, this coverage would not extend to decisions made which are illegal or in breach of a Government Order.

Will registration fees be refunded?

Hockey Australia and Hockey NSW have not made a decision on refunds at this point in time.

Given the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve and change rapidly, a decision on registration fees will be made once a full understanding of the impact of COVID-19 is available.

It is important to note that the season has been delayed NOT cancelled.

The patience and understanding of members in the interim as we deal with these unprecedented events is appreciated.

Will the season be extended due to the delayed start?

This will be a decision for each individual club, association and competition body and will depend on individual circumstances. It may be beneficial for Clubs and Associations to start investigating what options are available particularly if you are accessing a local government managed facility.

The Hockey NSW advice has been the result of considerable consultation with relevant expert bodies and places the health and wellbeing of our hockey community and the broader public as the number one priority. Hockey NSW is also very conscious that our sport is a genuine family sport involving multiple generations of players, volunteers and supporters that includes a number of at-risk populations including the elderly.

What is happening with Women’s Masters?

The 2020 Masters Championships, scheduled for July, have been cancelled. 

At this point in time, Hockey NSW will be prioritising our energies into planning for the resumption of community hockey competitions around the State when it becomes safe and practical. We will be in constant contact with our Associations and Clubs over the coming weeks and offering any support we can to ensure we get our hockey community back out onto the field when the appropriate time comes.

How do we stay up-to-date with changes?

Hockey NSW will continue to provide updates as government advice and circumstances change. These updates will be communicated on our website, social media pages and via email.

Further Information can also be sourced from expert organisations at the links on this page below.

Further Information
National Coronavirus Health Information Hotline: 1800 020 080
NSW Department of Health Website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/
Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novelcoronavirus2019-ncov-health-alert
Australian Institute of Sport: https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19