TEM Junior Hockey – Winter 2017


To simplify communications a bit we hope to use a single new email address for TEM Juniors this year (juniors@temhockey.com) that we can send as well as receive emails from. The old juniorvp@tem.org.au email will still work but we are trying to drag ourselves into the 21st century. On that note, we have thought about the use of social media to share updates and in particular scores from the junior section, echoing what goes on in the seniors. We'd appreciate thoughts on whether that would be of interest.


TEM has a new Junior Committee to ensure consistency and support across all the age groups.

 Junior VPs:                      Ben Spincer (0400 929563), juniors@temhockey.com

                                           Christie Freeman (0408 420 702), juniors@temhockey.com

Junior Secretary:             Millie Angliss, junior.secretary@tem.org.au

Coaching Director:          Victor Romagosa (0432 920380), coachingdirector@tem.org.au

U16 Boys Coordinator:    Hugh Murray, U16boys@tem.org.au

U16 Girls Coordinator:    Oenone Ritman, U16girls@tem.org.au

U14 Coordinator:              Fiona Shrimpton, U14coordinator@tem.org.au

U12 Coordinator:              Michaela Smith, U12coordinator@tem.org.au

U10 Coordinator:              Toni Skaife, U10coordinator@tem.org.au

U8/Minkey Coordinator:  Pip Dudley, U8coordinator@tem.org.au

Hook In2 Hockey:             info@hockeyatauburnroad.com


There are a number of ways that everyone can be involved:

Team Managers:  A manager is required for every team and is responsible for assisting the coach with the organisation of the team, liaising with parents and entering match scores.

Umpires:  We supply one umpire (unless provided by Hockey Victoria) for every game.  We have a squad of developing junior umpires, and many senior players who also enjoy umpiring, who we use for junior matches.  There may be times when an umpire can’t be found and we need to ask a parent to step in. 

BBQs:  Subject to fixtures, we run fundraising BBQs at home rounds on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.  We rely on families donating food supplies and for cooking/serving/cleaning up.  This is rotated amongst teams during the season and everyone’s support is always appreciated, no matter how big or small.

Ball kids:  U12/U14 players will be asked to act as Ball Kids for our Premier League home games which are generally scheduled on Saturday afternoons. This is a great opportunity to see our top players in action and for everyone to enjoy the friendly club atmosphere at senior home rounds.


Please make yourselves familiar with the TEM Junior Policies and HV Code of Conduct that help the committee to make many of its decisions.  Any requests for exemptions to a policy or any concerns should be received in writing to juniors@temhockey.com

HV Code of Conduct
Junior Playing Policy
Junior Girls Playing Mixed
Junior Selection Policy
Juniors Playing in a Higher Grade
Multiclub development policy
Junior Injury and Illness
Working With Children

Dropping off and picking up children
Member Protection Information Officer


We will field mixed and girls-only teams in each age group of the Hockey Victoria and intraclub competitions in 2017, and welcome new players of all abilities into each age group.

Training proper for the season commences on Wednesday 8 March with training times and pitches the same as last year:

U14s will all train on a Wednesday from 6-7pm from 8 March
U8s and U10s train on a Thursday from 5-6pm from 9 March
U12s and U16s train on a Thursday from 6-7pm from 9 March

Please remember to be at the ground at least 15 minutes prior to any training session for a warm up. With only an hour we want to make the most of each session from the start which is very hard for the coaches if players drift in over the first 10 minutes.

All players asked to arrive 15 mins before the scheduled start time to warm up and get ready to make the most of the training sessions.  Team managers and coaches will advise their requirements for arrival times at matches.


Compulsory equipment

Mouthguards and shinpads are required for both training and matches and any player without these will not be allowed on the ground. Mouth guards are available from Just Hockey, pharmacies, sports shops or from your dentist/dental technician.

Team selections

There will be no formal selection trials for U12/U14/U16 teams. Coaches and selectors will observe pre-season training and grade players over that period.  Teams will be kept informed about the process via their respective age group coordinators, who will be the main point of contact.  Please refer to the club policies for detailed information regarding selections.

U10 and U8 teams are formed based on friendship groups, sibling arrangements and generally to maintain a balance of ability in each team.  While some teams will end up performing better than others, the coaches will endeavour to keep teams balanced.

Uniform and Merchandise

The compulsory Club uniform consists of navy shorts/skort, playing shirt and red TEM club socks.  Navy socks are also required for some matches (ie when there is a designated sock clash). 

The junior style playing shirt should be worn by all U14 players and below.  Any U16 player who requires a new shirt is permitted to choose between the junior style and senior style shirt.   Staff at Just Hockey will be able to provide guidance. 

All compulsory playing uniform is available for purchase at Just Hockey, 279-283 Burke Road, Glen Iris, phone: 9885 7050.

Optional, but very popular, items of clothing include the club hoodie and club rugby top.  These are available for purchase online via the TEM website.


Hockey Victoria requires each junior club to develop junior umpires as part of the Umpire Development Program. The Club strongly supports this program and encourages all junior players to better understand the Rules of hockey.

All junior umpires will be coached and are supported to attain official Hockey Victoria accreditation. Umpires are paid for each game dependent on their experience, the difficulty of the game and their level of accreditation.

Please contact the Junior Umpire Coordinator, Pip Dudley, if you have any queries or your children are interested in umpiring this year.  Email umpires@tem.org.au   


The U10 competition, for children born in 2006-2008, will again be run between Central Flames Zone clubs TEM, MCC, MHSOB, Hawthorn and Powerhouse/St Kilda Hockey Clubs.  Due to a shortage of available pitches within the zone on Saturday mornings, the competition will be based on quarter pitches.  The venue will be either H1/H2 or Melbourne High School, and the start time will usually be 11:15am.

There is also a requirement that all hockey clubs offer a strong intra-club competition at the U8 age group, ie born in 2009 or later.  The intra-club competition suits young players transitioning from HookIn2Hockey and those families unable to make the traditional Saturday morning U10 time-slots.

All U8 intra club games will be part of the Thursday afternoon training session.  Under the guidance of club coaching director Victor Romagosa, we will have small teams playing modified small pitch games for the second half of every training session.  We will also hold 2 Sunday morning events per term with Doncaster Hockey Club, as a way of gaining some experience in playing in different formats and at different venues.


It is now compulsory for all Victorian hockey participants to register online on the ‘HockeyNet’ system and make an Individual Registration payment which will vary this year according to age group:

  • Hockey Victoria Individual Membership
  • Hockey Australia Levy
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Free entry to the State Netball Hockey Centre as a player or spectator

All Junior and Intra-Club players will be required to additionally register directly with Hockey Victoria and pay the relevant fee.