What is Minkey?

Minkey is a modified version of hockey especially designed for children. Minkey is essentially the teaching of the basic skills of the game of hockey in a fun environment. The North East Minkey Program is aimed at children aged 5 to 9.

One half hour of the session is devoted to teaching the children the skills and rules of the game and then the next half an hour to 45 minutes spent playing a game against another “team”. We hope to emphasize skill acquisition and fun. Players will also be encouraged to play in different positions. This will give them a better understanding of the role and functions of each position and grounding in teamwork.

We find that the children want to play games, and within our structured program we can teach the required game skills and then allow them to use these skills in a game situation. During the game the coaches can stop play and speak with the kids, this way they are learning while playing.

The North East Minkey Program aims to:

  • encourage as many youngsters as possible to participate in hockey regardless of ability, age, size or team
  • develop in each player the knowledge, skills and rules of the game of hockey
  • provide a safe and happy environment in which to learn and practice the skills of hockey
  • encourage family involvement and help build a strong club unit

Minkey Rules

1. For a breach of the rules by a defender or attacker within the defensive zone, the free hit is always taken from the point on the 10 metre line opposite to where the infringement occurred.

2. Players are not permitted to :-

  • raise stick above head
  • hit the stick into an opponent
  • use the stick to obstruct an opponent
  • play ball with hands or feet
  • raise ball above knee height
  • criticise or ridicule another player

3. Rough and dangerous play is not permitted.

4. No other player to be within three metres (“5 big steps”) when free hits are taken.

5. Where the rules of Minkey do not provide for a situation that arises, the umpire/guide should give a decision bearing in mind the spirit and objective of the game.

6. Umpires/Guides share the umpiring responsibilities and help the players on both teams. Encourage good play all the time.