Masters' Meeting outcomes
Recently the Brisbane Masters' Hockey
Committee held a planning day. There was excellent representation
from both BHA (President, Secretary and Board Members) and
Masters' players across a variety of Clubs and divisions.
Special thanks to Flight Centre for sponsoring the meeting in their South Brisbane boardroom.
As part of the planning process a survey had previously been sent to
Masters' players via the Newsflash database. There was close to 80
responses across a wide range of ages and teams. Thank you to those
Survey Results (summarised):
• Majority enjoyed their 2017 season.
• Majority were satisfied with the communications from Brisbane Masters.
• Players wanted a range of communication options.
• Majority considered the joining of Divisions 1 & 2 was not successful.
• Majority were satisfied with the divisions and their age restrictions.
• Majority were satisfied with the draw, game times and locations.
• Majority were happy with the age exemption process although comments indicated that too many exemptions were granted.
• Majority were satisfied with the Brisbane teams' selection process.
• Majority were satisfied with the organisation of Grand Final night.
• 66% were interested in participating in a 9’s tournament (Feb 2018).
• Little support for moving the competition to a Wednesday night.
Challenges over the next 5 years included...
• Balancing Div 1 & Div 2
• Costs for players
• Maintaining the flow of players into the Masters' competition and the setting of age limits in Divisions.
The Planning Day Agenda followed the reporting of the Survey questions. Below is a summary of the meeting's agreed outcomes and plans for 2018.
Divisions for 2018
It was noted that the Committee was
unaware (at this stage) how many teams would be registered for 2018. The
meeting agreed to have four separate MHL Divisions in 2018 with the
number of teams in each Division being determined following advice from
Clubs in 2018. This will be subject to final confirmation in February
➽➽➽There will be NO joining of Div 1 & Div 2.
The meeting agreed that the following age restrictions be applied for the 2018 season:
MHL 1 – No restrictions (must be at least 35 years by 31/12/2018)
MHL 2 – Maximum 3 players under age 40
MHL 3 – Maximum 3 players between 40 and 44, no players under 40.
MHL 4 – Maximum 3 players between 45 and 49, no players under 45. (note change of minimum age to 45)
The meeting agreed that the Committee would not consider any age exemptions
in future. Any applications for age exemptions would have to be
submitted to BHA for determination and done before season
starts. It was noted that the BHA rules applying to players playing
in higher divisions would continue to apply.
The meeting agreed that the current process for running trials for Brisbane Masters' representative teams would continue.
The Committee agreed to provide names of players nominating for Brisbane
teams to selectors as early as possible to allow them to watch them in
Club games prior to trials.
Nominations for Players, Selectors, Managers, Coaches, Umpires etc
will be done via your Newsflash preferences (which is not yet set up –
awaiting HQ ratification of State Championship dates and
location). This is one of the reasons all Brisbane
Masters' players need to be registered on the Masters' Newsflash
It was agreed that the umpire scholarship program was very successful. The Committee noted the following:
• A nomination form on Committee letterhead should be forwarded to Clubs as soon as possible to enable selection in February.
• The Committee should consider purchasing microphone headsets for the umpires and mentors.
• The need to expand the number of mentors.
• The selected umpires may need transport to get to games (if no driving licence etc).
• The umpires benefit greatly from umpiring at State and National Championships.
• Clubs and their Committees need to continue to actively support the trainee umpires.
Masters' Website presence
The meeting agreed to engage with BHA to improve the Masters' component
of the BHA website. This will create a singular point of information for
all things to do with Masters' hockey in Brisbane. Direct communication
will still be via current systems including Newsflash and Club
9’s Competition in February 2018
It was agreed that the Committee would investigate the possibility of
running a Masters' Nines competition in mid to late February.
(Approximately 45 players registered interest in survey). The 9's
competition would involve prizemoney.
Masters' Finals Exemptions
It was agreed that any requests for exemptions for the finals would be
submitted to BHA for determination. BYEs would not be counted as games.
FORFEITS would be counted but the Team must submit team sheets at the time of forfeit. Only "the non-forfeiting team" players can benefit from this rule.