Junior hockey is played right across Ulster. It offers children between the ages of 5 and 15 the chance to learn the sport, develop their skills, technical and tactical understanding, play competitively and have fun.
As well as learning the sport itself, playing hockey is a great way to teach children skills for life, including teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership.
The aim of mini hockey is to attract boys and girls into hockey and foster a lifelong love of the sport through a games based approach based on skill development. Some players may make our provincial and national squads and compete on the world stage, while others may participate in the sport for the rest of their life. Mini – hockey provides progressive stages for children new to hockey and lets them play a modified game at a level commensurate with their ability with the correct equipment in the appropriate game format.
It is easy to get involved in mini hockey and many hockey clubs will offer new junior players the chance to borrow a hockey stick if they don’t have one of their own. For children aged 13 and under, Ulster Hockey have incorporated Fun 4s, Super 6s and Extreme 8s to help our young players learn the game better at each age group. Once ‘graduated’ from Extreme 8s our young players will move onto the 11 a side format with U15s before moving onto senior hockey.