Cessnock Hockey

Forgot an important piece of information off the previous post – the coaches and umpires Cessnock Hockey are seeking will be paid positions.

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

Bunnings are recommencing their fundraising BBQ’s!!!!!!!!!!! Maitland Hockey has the opportunity to have the stall on Sunday 11 October. Please contact Honey on honey.double.u@gmail.com or 0410429490 as soon as possible to let her know if you are able to lend a hand for an hour or 2 – remember many hands make light work. It would be amazing if we could get as many volunteers as possible to help out and make this a success in what has otherwise been a pretty ordinary year. Please contact Honey ASAP.

COVID update

Please remember as part of our Covid-19 Safety Plan (and the NSW Department of Health guidelines) anyone who is experiencing flu like symptoms (cough, fever, chills, running nose etc) however minor they may appear is NOT to attend the hockey centre until their symptoms have completely disappeared. Even if you have been tested for Covid-19 and returned a negative result, and still have flu like symptoms you are NOT to attend the hockey centre. The Safety Plan relies on everyone agreeing to follow these protocols. You are also reminded to ensure you have signed in and out of the hockey centre on the register, regularly sanitise your hands, not share equipment, not pick up or handle the game balls and maintain the recommended 1.5m social distance. Should you have any concerns regarding any of this information please do not hesitate to contact one of the committee members, or message us through the website or facebook page. We thank you for your assistance so far with adhering to the above to ensure that we can all still enjoy some hockey in these challenging times.

A message from the President – Notice to MHI women’s competition players – Staying COVID SAFE at hockey when it is raining

Thanks to everyone for following the Covid Safety protocols-signing in and out, keeping 1.5m social distance, sanitizing your hands and arriving, playing your game and leaving promptly. Your support is much appreciated and allows us to continue to enjoy our hockey safely.

At our recent meeting we discussed how we could play our matches and continue to remain Covid Safe at the Hockey Centre when it is raining.  There is a 6-person limit in the dugouts and not much shelter. To make it easier when it is raining, would you please arrive close to your match start time, come dressed for your match with your equipment (stick, mouthguard, water) and leave your bag in the car.  Goalies only may use the changerooms to change and to leave their goalie bags. 

According to the 2020 MHI Competition Rules, the decision to cancel matches due to weather conditions (including the turf being unplayable) can be made by the Turf Committee (who hire the Turf to MHI) and by MHI (Executive, Umpire Convenor, Duty Officer).  This decision will be shared as early as possible through the website, MHI Facebook and Revolutionise and to team contacts.

In the event of wet weather which floods the pitch or makes play dangerous, the scheduled teams will be notified at least 45 minutes prior to match time if possible. Decisions and notifications will be made about the subsequent matches as soon as possible (for example, the first match might be washed out, but the other matches may be able to be played), depending on the weather conditions.

In the event of a thunderstorm, the “Lightning Policy “ is: The decision will be made in accordance with the Hockey NSW policy which reads, “The lightning safety code is based on the 30/30 rule which calls for play to be stopped when the Lightning/Thunder ratio reaches 30 seconds or less, i.e. the time between when the lightning is seen and the thunder is heard is 30 seconds or less. This means that the lightning is 10kms away and the next strike has a ‘significant risk’ of hitting the people who have seen the lightning and heard the thunder. Play should not commence until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike and thunder.”

Sally Carratt       
President MHI & Covid-19 Safety Officer

Junior’s

Junior hockey is still on tonight, Wednesday 12 August 2020. Please keep an eye on the website and/or facebook page for any updates.

Women’s hockey

All women’s games this afternoon 8 August have been called off by the turf committee. Please share with team members that may not be subscribers to our webpage.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Women’s Hockey at Maitland is on this weekend. We will continue to follow our Covid-19 Safety Plan. Thank you to all players/families for your support and for following the guidelines by remembering social distancing, regular hand washing/hand sanitising and signing in and out on the attendance register.

However if you have been to any of the below venues, been in contact with a confirmed case, are waiting on test results or are showing any symptoms we ask that you DO NOT ATTEND the hockey centre until you have received negative results or have been otherwise cleared.

Covid 19 Safety Plan

Thank you to all members of the Maitland hockey community for your understanding and support, as we implement Covid 19 Safety Plan measures at training and matches. These measures are there for our safety. 

It is everyone’s personal responsibility to make sure you are signed in and signed out of the venue, to sanitise or wash hands frequently and to maintain at least 1.5m social distance. 

Keeping the 1.5m distance is vital to reduce the possibility of virus transmission. Please be aware of this, especially near the gates and around high traffic areas. This includes players, spectators and volunteers. Please stand or sit in areas away from the entrances/gates. 

A copy of the Maitland Hockey Covid 19 Safety Plan (approved by Hockey NSW) is available at the gate, if you wish to read it. 

If you have visited or you are living in a “hot spot” and/or if you have symptoms of Covid 19, please do not attend our hockey centre. 

As you would be aware, heavy fines can be issued if we are not following safety protocols, especially everyone keeping 1.5m apart.