Boys up to the age of 14 play in blitz type events. These are mixed ability teams and all boys will participate equally in these on a rota basis. The teams are randomly selected so the boys get to know and play with more people encouraging new friendships. The emphasis is on fun and participation and the boys are encouraged to try out the skills they have learned at training and learn to play together as part of a team. The format for the blitzes is in line with the IHA development plan, Hooked for Life – ‘Fun Fours’ for U8s, ‘Super Sixes’ for U10s, moving onto ‘Extreme 8’s’ for U12s.
There is an U14 and an U16 league and boys are selected for these games according to merit. There are a number of factors taken into consideration in team selection including ability, progression, player position, and effort and attendance at training and matches. Teams are always open to change throughout the season and we ask that parents respect the coaches’ opinion.
Boys may start in the Academy from the time they are 6. Training takes place in Rathdown at the following times:
U8 (Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd class) – Sunday – 12:45 – 13:45
U10 (3rd & 4th class) – Sunday – 12:45 – 14:00
U12 (5th & 6th class) – Sunday – 12:45 – 14:00
U14 (1st & 2nd year) – Friday – 19:00 – 20:30
U16 (3rd & 4th year) – Friday – 19:00 – 20:30
For matches all boys up to and including the U14s must wear:
Monkstown HC polo shirt
U16s should wear the:
Senior men’s club shirt
It is also compulsory to wear a gum shield and shin pads.
All the above is available from Grandstand Sports in Dun Laoghaire but is also available for ordering in Rathdown at the start of each season.