Welcome to our 2016/17 Season
This week our weekend fixtures were against Hunter House. Our 1st & 2nd XI travelled to Laurel Hill High School, the 2B & 3rd XI travelled to Newcastle to play at Donard Park. All 3 junior teams played at St Colman's High School in Ballynahinch.
Each of the teams had great success against their opponents, with an impressive 23 goals being scored across the 7 teams. Well done to all who took part.
Junior Hockey - Important Under 13 & Under 14 Team Information
There will be hockey training for ALL under 13 hockey players after school on the first day back (Thursday 1st September 2016).
All Under 14 players MUST bring their hockey kit with them to school on the first day back (Thursday 1st September 2016) as you will be training during your timetabled games lesson.
Please ensure you bring your hockey stick and shin guards for these sessions. Mouth Guards are strongly recommended.
These are important training sessions as there will be matches for everyone on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
The beginning of the new school year is fast approaching and with only 3 weeks until our first hockey matches of the season I hope our senior girls have started their pre-season training.
Please find attached a copy of this years hockey fixtures that you can print for your convenience. This will allow you to plan ahead and let you know who you will play each week. Please note that on occasions fixtures can change to accommodate cup matches.
Details of home and away fixtures will be posted on your team sheets as normal.
Senior Hockey - Tour Information
Senior Hockey Tour to Barcelona -
Sunday 23rd October until Thursday 27th October 2106
Follow us on out Tour Blog - coming soon!!!!
NB: Important insurance documents for the upcoming tour to Barcelona can be found in the Senior Tour section of the website.
Should you have any issues please speak to Miss Heaney asap.
Senior Hockey Training Sessions
There will be 2 training sessions next week to allow the senior coaches to start selecting players for the 4 senior teams. Anyone in years 11-14 who wishes to be considered for one of these teams must attend both these sessions. If for any reason you are unable to attend please let another player know so they can pass this information on to the staff.
Session 1 - Stick & Ball
When - Tuesday 30th August 2016
Venue - St Colmans School Ballynahinch
Time - 2pm - 4pm (be there from 1.45pm to warm up)
Session 2 - Fitness / Stick & Ball
When - Thursday 1st September 2016
Venue - Down High School (Assembly Hall / Sports Hall)
Time - 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Please ensure you bring your hockey stick and shin guards for both sessions. Mouth Guards are strongly recommended.
Important Parental & Pupil Information
Please find attached a letter to all parents and pupils regarding transport and personal safety information.
NEW Hockey Spray Jackets
Any girl who wishes to order one of the NEW hockey spray jackets can do using the following link.
Please note you must register first before you will be able to place an order.
All jackets must be ordered before
Monday 18th July 2016.
Senior Hockey - Preseason Training 2016/17
For the attention of ALL Senior Hockey Players:
Please find attached a copy of the preseason fitness programme. This programme will help maintain and in some cases improve your fitness levels over the summer months which in turn will give you a fighting chance to get selected for one of the 4 senior teams.
It is our hope to hold 2 selection sessions on the week commencing 29th August 2016 (for ALL pupils going into Yr11 - Yr14) but details will follow in due course.
On behalf of the hockey staff at Down High School I want to say a massive thank you to all our pupils and parents for their excellent contribution to hockey at Down High School. We have an an excellent season and we hope to build on our success next year. As the school year draws to a close and as our pupils head away on their summer holidays we want to wish you all a very restful break and look forward to seeing you all in September.
New Rules to implemented from 2015
This year there have been a few changes to the rules of hockey so please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with them. By clicking on the image (right) you will be redirected to a very helpful document that explains them in more detail.
The biggest changes that will effect school hockey are in relation to:
1. The Long corner rule.
2. Free hits within 5m of the circle.
3. Breaking at a Penalty corner.