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 in 1st class though we will accept boys in Senior Infants if space allows. Training takes place in Rathdown at the following times:
U8 (1st & 2nd class) – Sunday – 13:20 – 14:20 Bottom Pitch
U10 (3rd & 4th class) – Sunday – 13:25 – 14:30 Bottom Pitch
U12 (5th & 6th class) – Sunday – 12:50 – 14:00 Top Pitch
U14 (1st & 2nd year) – Friday – 19:10 – 20:30 Bottom Pitch
U16 (3rd & 4th year) – Friday – 19:10 – 20:30 Top Pitch
For matches all boys up to and including the U14s must wear:
Monkstown HC Lewis Motors polo shirt
U16s wear the:
Monkstown HC Subaru / Castle Garage sponsored shirt (available from the club)
Monkstown HC Club shorts
Monkstown HC socks
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.