Season Update: 15 Apr

Season Update: 15 Apr

I hope you and your families are all safe and healthy. The committee wanted to touch base and let you know where we are at in planning and progress for the 2020 season.

Season update

Although our governing Men’s, Women’s, Master’s and Junior’s associations originally planned to commence the season at the start of May, this is clearly not possible and they have revised their plans to reflect this. At the moment, all associations have advised that they will make decisions based on guidance from State and Federal authorities, Hockey Australia and Hockey NSW.

Planning for the 2020 season

The best possible scenario involves the public gathering rules to be lifted in time for some kind of hockey to be played, but we are unsure if the season would be run in a shortened format or be deferred to finish later into the year. Although we understand that the commencement of a regular hockey season is extremely hopeful, our committee will continue to plan for the commencement, if it happens.

However, another realistic possibility is that the season may not be able to run at all. With this in mind, Scott Barker and our committee are also looking at alternate activities to run later in the year, such as an internal summer competition.

Staying fit and healthy: physically

Follow the advice of NSW Health:

There are also some great initiatives from our community, encouraging others to remain active and maintain hockey skills:

  • SUHC’s Instagram is running a Skills with Scott activity each week, looking at hockey specific skills that can be done safely at home
  • Hockey NSW’s Facebook and Instagram page are running a #hockeyhibernation program, which looks at hockey skills and physical fitness
  • Sydney Uni Sport’s Instagram are running regular fitness challenges designed to challenge our fitness and mental resilience.

Staying fit and healthy: mentally

Your health and wellbeing is most important to us. If you are struggling with the stressful and uncertain times, there is help out there. If you or someone you know need someone to talk to and don’t know where to go, here are some options:

Also, the ABC recently published an article with tips and tricks to overcome mental health challenges during this unusual period:

Please reach out to your VPs or myself, if you want to know anything else or chat about our future plans. Most importantly, be safe and look out for one another.

Eliza Roche

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