With mixed teams ranging from U10s - U18s, GNS Juniors aims to ensure all our girls and boys enjoy their hockey at all levels and have access the best possible coaching to develop their skills.
We are very lucky to have many experienced coaches from our senior women's and men's ranks.
GNS Juniors compete in the North Area & Sydney Metro competitions with mixed teams in the following age groups (U12, U14, U16 and U18s).
A child's age for competition purposes is determined by their age on January 1 (see Juniors' FAQs below).
Players and teams are graded to cater for all skill levels from beginners to representative level players.
Matches are played on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings each week on artificial turf surfaces at:
Ku-ring-gai Hockey Centre, North Turramurra (re-opening 09th March 2024)
Cintra Park, Concord;
Pennant Hills Park, Pennant Hills;
Keith Thompson Hockey Centre, North Ryde;
Sydney Olympic Park.
A high number of GNS Juniors go on to play representative hockey, including state level.
Many of our juniors also chose to join GNS Men and GNS Women for early exposure to top flight senior hockey.
GNS Juniors will be training from the newly refurbished Ku-ring-gai Hockey Centre (KHC) reopening March 2024.
U14's 5 - 6:30pm U10's & U12's 5 - 6:00pm
U16's & U18's 5:30 - 7:00pm
For all queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our club volunteers will get back to you in a timely manner.
Please ensure you read the GNS Juniors' policies closely. The policies are designed to ensure every player enjoys their hockey and to ensure the smooth functioning of the club.
During registration you will be asked to agree to the following policies, before agreeing to the policies please ensure you have read them very carefully:
Code of Conduct
Junior Commitment Policy
Junior Selection Philosophy
Throughout the season GNS will ensure the following policies will be applied by coaches, umpires and administration staff:
Junior Interchange Policy
Coaches Commitment Contract
Umpires Commitment Contract
As a club entering junior teams into various hockey competitions our goals are:
To enable children from beginners to elite players the opportunity to play hockey
To enable children to enjoy a team sport in a supportive, friendly environment
To enable children to improve their hockey skills and to reach their potential as an athlete
To teach children the importance of exercise as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle
To enable children to learn the value of commitment to training, their team-mates and their coach
To provide an avenue for your child to acquire leadership skills and accept responsibility through playing, umpiring
For answers to basic administration questions please read below.
Monitor the website for key dates and information. Junior trials are usually in February/March, with training starting soon after. Junior mixed competitions begin in March.
We also enter teams in indoor and 6 aside competitions in term 4.
This website is your first source of information. Once teams have been selected your Team Manager is your first point of contact. Please also see the list of key GNS Juniors contacts above.
Refer to the table above under the heading, "Training".
Matches on artificial turf, and our training sessions, will be on, even during rain. Pack a towel and a change of clothes in your hockey bag so you can change into dry clothes when your match is finished. Lightning may cause training or a match to be postponed or cancelled. If training is cancelled we will send an email and post on our Facebook page.
Ages are determined as at January 1 of the current year.
Aged 7 or 8 years on Jan 1, - Under 9
Aged 9 or 10 years on Jan 1, -Under 11
Aged 11 or 12 years on Jan 1, - Under 13
Aged 13 or 14 years on Jan 1, - Under 15
Aged 15 or 16 years on Jan 1, - Under 17
Please contact the Junior Convenor to determine if there are spaces available in your child's age group. If there are spaces available in a team of the correct age group then register online and come along to training.
If there are no spaces available – then we take names and contact details and put them on a waiting list. If we have enough numbers to add an extra team, or if we have some drop outs then we will contact you and offer you a place in a team.
The North Area competition starts late March and finishes in late August/early September. Games are played on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings.
Club games should take priority over school games. It is important that players and parents understand and adhere to this. Please see our policy regarding commitment to club games under the "Policies" heading on this page.
GNS merchandise is supplied by club sponsor Xpress Promotions. Contact Xpress Promotions via +61 2 99839414 or email@example.com.
Mouth guards and shin guards are compulsory for training sessions and matches. Players are unable to take the field unless they are wearing shin guards and a mouth guard. We recommend shin guards that protect the ankles. Shin guards should be long enough to protect the area from just above the ankles to just below the knees.
Joggers or runners can be worn on artificial turf hockey fields, no soccer boots please. Hockey turf shoes can also be purchased from specialist hockey retailers.
We recommend purchasing a hockey stick from a specialist hockey retailer such as Just Hockey at Sydney Olympic Park or Elite Hockey at Northern District Hockey Complex so that you can receive assistance in selecting a stick of the correct length for your height. Hockey sticks should not be purchased with a view to "growing" into them.
See the Northern Sydney and Beaches Hockey Association website for all information regarding representative hockey, including trials dates.
An insurance levy is included in the fees you are required to pay to Hockey NSW. This insurance covers the player for club games and training as well as rep games and training. Any injuries that are incurred during a match should be recorded on the match sheet by the Team Manager. Injuries that occur at training should be notified to your Team Coach. For information on lodging an insurance claim please contact Hockey NSW at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like the rewards of volunteering with the Junior club – we can always use another coach, manager, administrator or assistance with general administration tasks or fundraising. Please get involved and contact the Junior Convenor.