Girls start in the Academy from the time they are in 1st class. Training takes place in Rathdown at the following times:
1st class – Sunday – 09:10 – 10:10 Bottom Pitch
2nd class – Sunday – 09:10 – 10:10 Bottom Pitch
3rd class – Sunday – 09:10 – 10:10 Top Pitch
4th class – Sunday – 10:20- 11:20 Bottom Pitch
5th class – Sunday – 10:20 – 11:20 Top Pitch
6th class – Sunday – 11:30 – 12:40 Bottom Pitch
1st year – Sunday – 11:30 – 12:40 Top Pitch
Minors (2nd year) – Sunday in St. Joseph of Cluny – 09:10 – 10:20
Intermediate (3rd & 4th year) – Sunday in St. Joseph of Cluny – 10:30 – 13:00 (2 groups)
Girls up to 6th class play matches against other clubs on a regular basis. These are mixed ability teams and the emphasis is on fun and participation. The girls 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 matches is in line with the IHA development plan – Fun Fours up to 3rd class, Super Sixes in 4th and 5th, moving onto Extreme 8’s in 6th class. The teams are randomly selected so the girls get to know and play with more people encouraging new friendships.
1st year and up the girls play in leagues. Each girl will play on a team which are selected according to merit. There are a number of factors taken into consideration in team selection including ability, progression, player position, as well as 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.
For matches all girls up to and including 2nd years must wear:
Monkstown HC Lewis Motors polo shirt
Navy skirt / shorts
U16s (3rd & 4th years) wear the:
Monkstown HC Subaru / Castle Garage sponsored shirt (available from club)
Monkstown HC Club skort
Monkstown HC socks
It is also compulsory for all girls 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.