FAQs

Adult FAQs

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    How long does a season last?

    The length of a season is dependent on how many teams are in the league/division. For example, if there are 6 teams in the division you will play each team twice resulting in a 10-week season. If there are 8 teams this would be a 14-week season.

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    Are matches played all year round?

    Yes, once a season ends, the new season will begin the following week. In leagues with more divisions there will be promotions/demotions between seasons. We break over Christmas, but otherwise matches are played year-round.

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    How much does it cost to play?

    Match fees are £40 per team, paid in advance of the season starting through our online payment system.

    If you forfeit a match, you still pay your match fee. If you fail to inform us by 5pm on the day of the fixture that you are forfeiting, you will also be liable for your oppositions match fee as well.

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    What happens if our opponent forfeits the match?

    If your opponent forfeits, you will win the match by default. We endeavour to notify any affected teams as soon as we are aware of a forfeit both via email and Facebook.

    You will be offered a friendly or use of the pitch for training during the allocated match time.  If you decide not to utilise either option, you will be refunded your match fee.

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    What happens if we need to forfeit our game?

    Please notify us as early as possible if you can’t make a match. Unfortunately we run a tight schedule of matches so it is not possible to rearrange a fixture to another night/week. Therefore if you can’t make a game, the result is given to your opposition as a victory.

    If you notify us before 5pm on the day of the fixture, then you will just have to pay your match fee as normal. We can then look at alternative arrangement for your opposition.

    If you notify us after 5pm, due to late notice you will also be liable for your opposition match fee.

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    What if my teams does not have enough players?

    If you are short of players for any of your matches you can borrow players from other teams within the league. Please use your league Facebook group to communicate with other teams and players. We encourage teams to not use subs instead of their own players that are present on the night.

    If you need more regular players for your team please email info@play-hockey.co.uk and we can allocate players from the waiting list.

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    Do I need to bring or wear anything in particular?

    There is no set uniform for this league but we ask teams to wear matching coloured shirts or bring overhead bibs. For shoes, please wear hockey astro shoes but football astros are also fine. Players must also wear shin pads and a mouth guard.

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    Can I wear jewellery/have long nails?

    There are no strict rules regarding jewellery in our hockey leagues. While we recommend not wearing any jewellery, it is ultimately up to the individual. Additionally, there is no requirement to have short nails.

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    Do I need to be affiliated to England Hockey?

    No, we are not affiliated with England Hockey, so you do not need to be affiliated with them to participate in our league.

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    I haven’t played since school and don’t remember the rules. Can I still join?

    Absolutely! Players of all skill levels are welcome to join our leagues. Our friendly umpires are here to help you reacquaint yourself with the rules. Most of our league players have been in the same situation, and you’ll get the hang of it again in no time.

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    If I sign up as an individual will I be put into a team with players of a similar age to me?

    We do not ask players their age when they sign up so we cannot guarantee that team mates will be of a similar age. Our only requirement is that players must be are over 18. If you end up joining a team and feel out of place because of a difference in age please do let us know so that we can look at placing you in a different team.

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    Do you run training sessions?

    We currently only run matches throughout the week. We hope to run training sessions in the near future.

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    What happens if it rains?

    Some of our leagues play outdoors and being in the UK that means the weather can affect play. We monitor the weather every day and talk to the coordinators and umpires throughout the day to determine whether matches go ahead. Decisions will be made no later than 5pm and updates will be posted on Facebook and emailed to teams.

    If the decision is made to play matches and the weather gets worse the umpires will make the decision at the start of the match as to whether it is safe for play to go on. If it starts raining partway through a match, umpires will stop play if they feel it is getting dangerous.

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    Am I able to pay weekly and in cash?

    Play Hockey operates a cashless service. All payments are made via our online system. It is not possible to pay weekly, we require payment in advance of the season starting. Our online payment system does allow each player to pay their share of the team season fee.

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    My match was cancelled part way through, what happens to the score?

    If a match is not finished the score is dependent on how much of the game was played. If at least half the match is played the score stands as it is when play stopped. If play is stopped before half-time then we will try to rearrange the match for later in the season. If this is not possible for whatever reason, we will contact both teams to find a different solution.

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    What if the pitches are not great to play on?

    We hire all our venues so have limited control over the condition of the pitches, goals etc. If you have any concerns over the condition of the venue, please notify us so that we can talk to the venue to get things resolved.

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    How are points awarded for matches?

    3 points for a win
    1 points for a draw
    0 point for a loss

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    I am pregnant, can I still play?

    No, we strongly encourage women not to play hockey whilst they are pregnant. Players who are pregnant can stay registered with their team and return to play after their pregnancy. For more information about our policy on playing whilst pregnant please click here

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    Do I need to sign up each season?

    Don’t worry, you will automatically be registered into the next season unless you choose to opt-out by giving the notice as per our terms.

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    What if I want to exit the league?

    You can leave the league at the end of a season by giving at least 1 week’ notice prior to the end of the season, this means by midnight the day of your second to last fixture.

Junior FAQs

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    Are Umpires DBS checked?

    Yes, all umpires that officiate in our junior leagues are DBS checked.

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    Can we join as individuals or a group of players?

    Yes you can – an adult will need to sign you up to be added to our waiting list with their email and phone number and they will need to put down how many players they want to join the league. Play Hockey will get in touch when we have teams looking for players for them to join.

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    What age must I be to play in Play Hockey Junior Leagues?

    You have to be between 14-17 years old to play in our junior leagues.

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    What happens if I turn 18 whilst playing in your leagues?

    If you turn 18 whilst playing in our junior league you can finish the current season you are playing in, however after that season has ended we would suggest you then join the adult league that plays at the same venue.

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    How long does a season last?

    The length of a season is dependent on how many teams are in the league/division. For example, if there are 6 teams in the division you will play each team twice resulting in a 10-week season. If there are 8 teams this would be a 14-week season.

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    Are matches played all year round?

    Yes, once a season ends, the new season will begin the following week. In leagues with more divisions there will be promotions/demotions between seasons. We break over Christmas, but otherwise matches are played year-round.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    How much does it cost to play?

    Match fees are £40 per team, paid in advance of the season starting through our online payment system.

    If you forfeit a match, you still pay your match fee. If you fail to inform us by 5pm on the day of the fixture that you are forfeiting, you will also be liable for your oppositions match fee as well.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    What happens if our opponent forfeits the match?

    If your opponent forfeits, you will win the match by default. We endeavour to notify any affected teams as soon as we are aware of a forfeit both via email and Facebook.

    You will be offered a friendly or use of the pitch for training during the allocated match time.  If you decide not to utilise either option, you will be refunded your match fee.

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    What happens if we need to forfeit our game?

    Please notify us as early as possible if you can’t make a match. Unfortunately we run a tight schedule of matches so it is not possible to rearrange a fixture to another night/week. Therefore if you can’t make a game, the result is given to your opposition as a victory.

    If you notify us before 5pm on the day of the fixture, then you will just have to pay your match fee as normal. We can then look at alternative arrangement for your opposition.

    If you notify us after 5pm, due to late notice you will also be liable for your opposition match fee.

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    What if my teams does not have enough players?

    If you are short of players for any of your matches you can borrow players from other teams within the league. Please use your league Facebook group to communicate with other teams and players. We encourage teams to not use subs instead of their own players that are present on the night.

    If you need more regular players for your team please email info@play-hockey.co.uk and we can allocate players from the waiting list.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    Do I need to bring or wear anything in particular?

    There is no set uniform for this league but we ask teams to wear matching coloured shirts or bring overhead bibs. For shoes, please wear hockey astro shoes but football astros are also fine. Players must also wear shin pads and a mouth guard.

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    Can I wear jewellery/have long nails?

    There are no strict rules regarding jewellery in our hockey leagues. While we recommend not wearing any jewellery, it is ultimately up to the individual. Additionally, there is no requirement to have short nails.

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    Do I need to be affiliated to England Hockey?

    No, we are not affiliated with England Hockey, so you do not need to be affiliated with them to participate in our league.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    Do you run training sessions?

    We currently only run matches throughout the week. We hope to run training sessions in the near future.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    What happens if it rains?

    Some of our leagues play outdoors and being in the UK that means the weather can affect play. We monitor the weather every day and talk to the coordinators and umpires throughout the day to determine whether matches go ahead. Decisions will be made no later than 5pm and updates will be posted on Facebook and emailed to teams.

    If the decision is made to play matches and the weather gets worse the umpires will make the decision at the start of the match as to whether it is safe for play to go on. If it starts raining partway through a match, umpires will stop play if they feel it is getting dangerous.

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    Am I able to pay weekly and in cash?

    Play Hockey operates a cashless service. All payments are made via our online system. It is not possible to pay weekly, we require payment in advance of the season starting. Our online payment system does allow each player to pay their share of the team season fee.

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    My match was cancelled part way through, what happens to the score?

    If a match is not finished the score is dependent on how much of the game was played. If at least half the match is played the score stands as it is when play stopped. If play is stopped before half-time then we will try to rearrange the match for later in the season. If this is not possible for whatever reason, we will contact both teams to find a different solution.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    What if the pitches are not great to play on?

    We hire all our venues so have limited control over the condition of the pitches, goals etc. If you have any concerns over the condition of the venue, please notify us so that we can talk to the venue to get things resolved.

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    How are points awarded for matches?

    3 points for a win
    1 points for a draw
    0 point for a loss

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    Do I need to sign up each season?

    Don’t worry, you will automatically be registered into the next season unless you choose to opt-out by giving the notice as per our terms.

  • image/svg+xmlimage/svg+xml
    What if I want to exit the league?

    You can leave the league at the end of a season by giving at least 1 week’ notice prior to the end of the season, this means by midnight the day of your second to last fixture.