Well this is the strangest Hockey season I have seen in my last 54 years of playing / coaching / organising!
While we are all distancing and isolating etc, maybe quarantining, it is easy to forget that all this will pass at some stage, hopefully not too long, and we will one day be back on our magnificent Hockey fields, chasing each other around and having a good time again. So in the meantime, we had all better do something regular to keep our fitness levels up, and our hockey brain switched on, ready for that grand return.
So make sure you have some physical activities built into your routine – work on some cardio and some strength exercises – maybe include a hockey stick and ball in some of it. e.g. I have a fold-up table in the back of my shed that I hit a tennis ball against for 15 mins twice a day. When I walk my dog, I sometimes take a hockey stick to hit a tennis ball for the dog to chase. I noticed a few youngsters hitting a ball around in the park a couple of afternoons – good on you! Unfortunately, council has had to close Salamander Sporting Complex, including our fields, for the immediate future, so use whatever space you have at home or in your neighbourhood.
Hockey Australia have started posting a video each day to show us how some of our elite players are keeping switched on, fit and amused. Worth a look. You can view the short videos on Youtube and the main socials – could even be a legitimate part of your home schooling!!
Keep an eye on your email / facebook / our webpage for any updates we make on restarting our competitions. Hopefully we can salvage something good from whatever time we get. In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself and respect those around you, follow the health guidelines and instructions and we will see you when we see you.