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THAMES VALLEY MINIS 2017/18 SEASON

In 2017/18 a number of clubs in Berkshire and on its borders will be hosting monthly tournaments at Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 level. These are designed to support the development of young players by allowing them to put into practice the skills they learn on the training ground, and have fun playing against other local clubs. This is the 11th season of the Thames Valley Minis.

Whilst we appreciate that there is an ever increasing number of options for festivals and matches for U12’s we believe that TVM offer a unique opportunity for many of the new member of the hockey family. We have done our best to avoid conflicts but it is impossible to avoid any. We leave it up to the discretion of the individual clubs and coaches to make sure that individuals to not “overplay”.

These tournaments are by invitation only. For further details please contact Nick Hooper at Reading HC (see Contacts).


Dates and venues

2017/18 U8 YoungU 8OlderU10 B MixedU10 A MixedU10 BoysU10 GirlsU12 B MixedU12 GirlsU12 Boys
8 OctHenleySouth BerksNewbury & ThatchamPhoenix & RanelaghMarlowReadingSloughM’headSonning
5 NovPhoenix & RanelaghSonningHenleySouth BerksM’headSloughNewbury & ThatchamMarlowReading
3 DecSloughM’headSouth BerksNewbury & ThatchamSonningMarlowPhoenix & RanelaghReadingHenley
4 FebSouth BerksSloughHigh WycombeM’headReadingHenleySonningNewbury & ThatchamMarlow
4 MarMarlowReadingPhoenix & RanelaghHigh WycombeSloughSonningM’headHenleySouth Berks

Tournaments are generally held on the first Sunday of the month with no tournaments in January.

Tournaments are to be in the morning starting between 9.00am and 10.00am. Individual hosting clubs will confirm start timings at point of invite and exact timings of matches when the schedule is completed in the week prior to the event. Depending on the number of matches scheduled tournaments should take about 1.5 hours.

Recommended formats:
• Allow 9 mins per game (including changeover). 1.5 hours gives 10 rounds of matches
• U8: 6 a-side, ¼ pitch (but preferably not just across a 25 as this is the wrong shape!)
• U10B & U12 B: 7 a-side, 1/3 pitch [12 teams]
• U10A & U12A: 7 a-side ½ pitch [8 teams]

Contacts
Club Contact e-mail
Henley Mini Manager Trish Heggie barnardheggie@gmail.com

U12Dan Herbert danherbert321@gmail.com
U10 Dave Bowyer david_bowyer@btinternet.com
U8 James Baker james.baker@accenture.com

High Wycombe

(U10) Graeme Gardner graemegardner@yahoo.co.uk

Maidenhead

U8 Rod Gauld rodgauld@sky.com
U10 Charlotte Lomas charlotteelomas25@gmail.com
U12 Boys Anne-Marie Moore grubby1974@hotmail.co.uk
uDuncan Sturdy duncan.sturdy@gmail.com
U12 Girls Jim Thompson jamesthompson_uk@yahoo.com

Marlow Head of Minis Megan Ormond ormondmegan@yahoo.com

U12Linda Wadley lindawadley@hotmail.com
U10 Annie Corbett corbettannie@ymail.com
U10 Gareth Baber Gareth.Baber@mbnl.co.uk
U8 Older Emma Pittaway ewpittaway@gmail.com
U8 Younger Megan Ormond ormondmegan@yahoo.com

Newbury & Thatcham
Agnes Carlisle agnes@falklandcc.co.uk

Phoenix & Ranelagh

Hugh Hamilton Hugh.Hamilton@matthey.com
Ady Brown curlyady@gmail.com

Reading

Colts Manager Judith Barton judithbarton9@btinternet.com
U12 Boys Stephanie Diplock stephdiplock@hotmail.co.uk
U12 Girls Mia Canton mia_dahlquist@hotmail.com
U10 Katrina Sartorius k.sartorius@me.com
U8 Karen Atkinson karensatkinson@gmail.com


Slough

Max Salvadori max@salvadori.co.uk
Nadia Amin nadia_amin11@hotmail.com

Sonning

Chris Manning chrismanning123@btinternet.com

South Berks
Junior Manager Jenny Jones jennyc.jones0@googlemail.com
Junior Committee Jane Martin martin_jane@lilly.com
juniors@southberkshirehockeyclub.org.uk

Directions

Henley HC
353 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 4HE
http://www.henleyhockeyclub.co.uk/location/

Wycombe HC
Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4QA
http://www.wycombehc.co.uk/about-us/directions/

Maidenhead HC
Altwood School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU
Braywick Sports Centre, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN
http://www.maidenheadhc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=149

Marlow HC
Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AH
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=pound+lane,+marlow&hl=en&cid=13123989950443285050

Newbury HC
Henwick Lane, Thatcham, RG18 3BN
http://www.nt-hc.org/nthc/directions.asp

Phoenix & Ranelagh HC
Sportspark, Reading University Satnav: please use RG6 6UR

Reading HC
Reading HC, Sonning Lane, Sonning, RG4 6ST
http://www.readinghockeyclub.org.uk/club/directions/

Sonning HC
Royal County of Berkshire Sports & Social Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning RG4 6ST
http://sonninghc.clubhouseleader.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=10

South Berkshire @ Wellington College
Wellington Health & Fitness Club, 110 Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 7PT

What to bring

Hockey stick
Shin pads
Mouthguard (recommended)
Plenty to drink
Snacks
Something warm to put on between matches

Reading Colts: please see Club Kit

Tournament objectives

• Emphasis on fun and safety – winning is secondary
• Support development of players – put skills from training ground into practice
• Straightforward planning and organisation for clubs
• Logistically easy for parents
• Standard format so tournaments are easy to run
• Players graded by age and ability


Tournament structure Guidelines

• • Tournaments will be held one Sunday per month and should not last longer than 2 hours and should preferably be no more than 1½ hours.
• The preferred start time is 9.30am – due to pitch availability, start times may vary from 9.00am to 11.30am.
• Clubs should enter sides to the relevant level tournament not just where is most convenient. B tournaments are fine for beginners, A ones are not. Equally experienced players should not be going to B tournaments.
• Hosts of similar level tournaments will need to be in close communication to ensure a balance of numbers across the venues.
• To maximise individual’s game time team managers can agree to play 8 a-side [max] (especially in cold conditions!)
• For mixed teams there should be a maximum of 5 boys on the pitch (4 for U6)
• GKs are welcome and can be included at any event. They are particularly welcome at the “A” events and, if needs be, can be shared around different teams to give them additional game time..
• Matches should all be 8-10 minutes (no half-time) with 1 minute changeover but is at the discretion of the individual tournaments to make sure that the kids play the maximum amount of hockey. The ideal is for kids to be playing at least every other game - teams should not be resting for more than one game at a time.
• 4-6 matches per teams.
• Normal weight balls at U12 and U10. At U8 lighter balls can be used as it makes little difference.
• No recording of results or winners.


Tournament rules

1. 1. Mini Hockey rules, to be interpreted sympathetically according to the age and ability of teams.
2. Usually 7-a-side, but 8-a-side with prior agreement of both coaches. Reducing to 6-a-side is at the sole discretion of the team with 7 players. 8-a-side is not discouraged, particularly in cold weather and at B tournaments, to keep everyone involved. U8 should be 6 a side.
3. Age qualification (Under8/10/12) is at 1st September in line with EH age groups for clubs.
4. Team coaches will umpire (unless host club can provide umpires).
5. If a circle is not marked out, cones will be laid on the side lines 10 yards from goal line to mark a rectangular scoring area.
6. The use of goalkeepers is encouraged, particularly at U12, but it remains non-compulsory. Goalkeepers are usually more than happy to guest for other clubs between their own games.
7. Short corners will be awarded in U12 and U10 A level matches only if the defending team has a goalkeeper. If there is no goalkeeper, then an indirect free hit from 10 yards out in line with where the offence was committed.
8. If there is a goalkeeper but no D is marked, an imaginary one works fine, to encourage teams to learn the skills and routines needed.
9. If a team leads by 3 goals one of its players will be retired. The full team may be restored if the scores are levelled (not if the trailing team scores once).

Organisation
• • Reading HC website will be used to post dates, times, venues and host club organisers. http://www.readinghockeyclub.org.uk/ng/minis
• Host clubs may invite other sides to join their tournaments (space allowing and not to the detriment of regular participants).
• Hosts need to know well in advance how many teams are coming from each club. A minimum of one week’s notice is needed and it is not fair to call a few days before a tournament to change the number of teams (up or down). “We’re not sure how many teams we are bringing” is never an option.
• Host clubs publish match schedule 5 days in advance.
• The two clubs hosting B tournaments on the same date should work together to ensure roughly even numbers at each venue. “We don’t want to travel to Newbury” is not an option.
• The relevant age group should be specified in the header of all e-mail about tournaments.
• Photography rules will be the responsibility of the host club. The guideline is that:
– The taking of photography and video by parents is allowed for personal use
– The publication of images is not allowed without the written consent of every Colt (or parent/guardian if U18) in the image.
– Images should be framed to be within the context of the sporting event
– Any published images (see point 2) must not contain information allowing for the identification of the people, ie tagging, address, location etc..
– If you post images on the any website or social media sites, of anyone other than your own child, then written consent is required (see point 2).
– If you are at all unsure, do not post the image
• It is the responsibility of the host club to ensure that a qualified first-aider is present. This may be from the club’s own membership or from a visiting club but it is up to the host club to check who is coming.
• All costs associated with hosting tournaments, such as pitch hire, are the responsibility of the host club.
• Clubs sending one coach for three or four teams causes problems, for example teams not being ready for games to start or no-one quite sure who should be on the pitch or in what colour shirts. Clubs should try to appoint enthusiastic parents to “manage” each team, hockey experience not required.
• In the event of ice or snow on the morning of a tournament, while the host will make every effort to contact visiting clubs, it is the responsibility of the visiting clubs to contact the host to find out whether or not the tournament will go ahead. If in doubt please assume a tournament is going ahead.

Where next?

U6-U12's Boys and girls train together in all age groups up to U10 and then in separate boys and girls squads
Goalkeepers' Academy INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE RELATES TO 2016/17 BUT WILL BE UPDATED FOR THE 2017/18 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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