IHNZ March Newsletter
Inline Hockey New Zealand welcomes returning members and new members to the 2017 inline hockey season.
Have you signed up yet? Please contact your club of choice and ask for your clubs registration link. It is important to get this done, so clubs know who is returning or joining up in 2017 but also membership is required before you can play. With the season starting up a little earlier this year and lots on the calendar, take time to get your information into our database.
Oceania players, coaches and officials should ensure their registration is current by training camp in March.
FIRS WORLD CHAMPS TRIALS
Special Announcement regarding trials for FIRS Teams and players interested in trial.
FIRS have advised as follows: (We are still waiting on official documents)
Age grades are for Senior Grades the minimum age is 15 years calculated on January 1st 2017
Junior Men and Junior Women eligible age is Under 19 on December 31st 2016.
Eligible players for 2017 are players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
In addition FIRS have advised the following dates:
Junior Teams Training Aug 26, Stats Competition Aug 27, Opening Ceremony Sept 2, also finals week 1, Seniors training day Sept 1, Finals Sept 9.
Oceania Training and 18U Trials
The trials for 18 & Under Junior Men and Junior Women will take place on March 25 and 26 in New Plymouth and combine with the Oceania training camp. There are several players common to the Oceania teams and also interested in FIRS teams. This will result in a change in training schedule and also a cost saving for players involved in both campaigns.. The link to the change can be found here.
Training Schedule Changed March 25 and 26
OCEANIA VETERANS' TEAM
It is with deep disappointment that we had to announce to our Veterans team that Australia were no longer bringing their team to Oceania. The team will play at MWI invitational over Easter and will be looking to continue training in preparation for 2018 offshore events.
A reminder about the Trans-Tasman Oceania Championships following Mt Wellington Invitational. New Zealand take on the Aussies in the 12U/ 14U/ 16U/ 14UJW/ Masters grades in Hamilton with competition starting April 18 and completing on Friday April 21.
FIRS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SIGN UP LINK
It is important for all players interested in being considered for FIRS junior men and junior women to be listed on the sign up form The link to this form is here.
If you are applying for a dispensation this needs to be forwarded urgently to IHNZ. Please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: If you have previously signed up to this link ( since late last year, you do NOT need to complete your information again, unless your contact details have changed.
SENIOR WOMEN - SPECIAL MESSAGE
It is important for all players interested in being considered for FIRS SENIOR WOMEN to be included in the data for selectors. There has now been a decision to select this team on application rather than attending a physical trial.
Some of you may have already completed the online form, and if this is the case, this data will also be used. If you have not entered information on the sign up link, then you need to complete this form and email it is as soon as possible. Application form is here. For those of you who have completed the sign up you should also download and read the application form as there is new information from FIRS provided. The selection panel will convene in April for final decisions.
It is believed that the Senior Women players are well known, any 18U players interested will be seen at the trial in March. It is recognised also that some of the expected players have just returned from a senior women event in Iceland and given some of the timing conflicts over the next 6 weeks, this method of selecting a senior team will be tested in 2017 for this grade only. If you wish to provide details of your representation over the past several years and any other relevant information you are free to provide this to IHNZ using the form linked above. If you require a word version please email and request. Please scan the completed form and return to the address on the form by email.
NOTE: If you have previously signed up to this link (since late last year, you do NOT need to complete your information again, unless your contact details have changed.
A reminder that social media use is fast becoming an everyday method of communication with more and more posts, photos and content being shared locally and globally. It is also important to remember that IHNZ will not tolerate abusive, derogatory or inflammatory comments made about IHNZ, individual members, member associations, teams, or any other stakeholders associated with our sport. This also applies to spamming sites hosted by IHNZ or its associates. Sites are moderated and IHNZ reserve the right to remove "nuisance" posts as necessary.
IHNZ has a very busy season ahead with;
- Mt Wellington Invitations held over Easter (April 14 - 17)
- Oceania Trans-Tasman Inline Hockey Championships (April 18-21)
- NZ Secondary School Sports Champs in Nelson (May 20-21)
- Queen's Birthday Weekend Senior Tournament ( June 3-5)
In addition the Senior Men are training once a month prior to departing for worlds.
Super League have committed to three tournament weekend;
- ActivZone - Round 1 July 22-23
- Hamilton - Round 2 August 19-20
- New Plymouth - Round 3 September 16-17
New Zealand National Championships will be held in New Plymouth from September 30 to October 8
Inter Regionals will be held in Auckland October 20 - 23 (Labour Weekend) Grade announcements will be made shortly
NZ SECONDARY SCHOOL INLINE HOCKEY CHAMPS
Nelson Whalers are hosting the New Zealand Secondary School Inline Hockey Champs in Nelson over the May 20-21 weekend. Entry forms will be circulated to schools and available shortly from the IHNZ website..
SENIOR MEN GIVE BACK CAMPS
The first camp offered and taken up by New Plymouth has been a huge success with Scott Collins, Aaron Stockman and James O'Donnell leading the kids through a two day camp. Hugely successful and well run by our senior men. The next camp is in Nelson (March 18-19) followed by the Mt Wellington Camp in April (1-2). Kids get your names on the sign up list to help us plan the days for you. Here is the link.
The camps are aimed at players up to 16 or 17 years, and players may sign up for any of the camps being hosted around the country.
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