New ball introduced for junior hockey

JUNIOR HOCKEY: Action from a junior hockey game between Robertson and Burrawang last year. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.
JUNIOR HOCKEY: Action from a junior hockey game between Robertson and Burrawang last year. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

A new format of hockey will be on offer for the Highlands young players.

Hockey NSW and Kookaburra have announced the debut of a new hockey ball and game format set to revolutionise the way hockey is played for Under 11s in NSW.

Joey Ball will provide a softer, safer alternative for young players while not sacrificing the fundamental characteristics of a hockey ball.

Developed in collaboration with Kookaburra, the Joey will be launched alongside the inaugural Kookaburra 8s Carnivals For Under 11s in April, 2017.

The use of the new Joey Ball will also be mandated at all under-11 competitions in NSW.

The development of the Joey Ball was the result of an 18-month-long collaboration between Hockey NSW and Kookaburra.

Chief architect in the development of the Joey Ball, Liam De Young, said the new ball will make the game safer for younger players. 

“In the past, parents might have been discouraged from trying hockey because of the risks associated with a traditional ball,” he said.

“The Joey Ball removes that barrier and I’m excited to see kids out there playing with it and falling in love with this great sport.”

Hockey NSW are working with Kookaburra on a distribution strategy and the Joey Ball will be available early next year.