With the increasing number of member countries and the growing number of teams entering IMHA Tournaments, future IMHA Boards may well have to consider changing the present tournament structure. There are inherent advantages and disadvantages about doing so and that is why the links to the discussion papers below have been included. Few venues can cope with 85+ teams at the same time and so it is imperative that a viable alternative is found. Further, the IMHA believes that continuing development of Masters Hockey is only possible through a single Masters entity which governs all Masters & Grand Masters Hockey. There have been recent discussions between the FIH, IMHA and WGMA in that regard.
IMHA – Future Issues (PDF)
WGMA – The Way Ahead (PDF)
The IMHA Board has been considering feasibility of setting up Hockey 5 tournaments to encourage the participation of countries which find it impossible to field a squad of 16 or 18 players on the basis of the very low numbers of players available, or the costs of attending such events. Staging such tournaments creates extra workload and host nations would have to carry out some alterations to their pitches to meet the requirements of this game. The level of interest is unknown, but the idea is worth further investigation.
The IMHA has a mandate from the FIH to widen the development of Masters Hockey to encourage more players to stay in the game longer and use their experience to help develop the skills and motivation of younger players at club level. To date, the IMHA tournaments have been solely focused on the elite international squads at each age stage, but this ignores the needs of the many thousands of players who are not quite at international standard, but who would enjoy involvement in some form of international tournaments. The problems the IMHA face in setting up such tournaments are related to the present IMHA tournament structure and the number of teams which compete at these elite events. There are no hockey facilities large enough to cope with the number of elite and non-elite teams which might want to participate in such tournaments and so a different tournament structure at multiple venues would be required. This idea needs to be considered very carefully as its adoption would completely alter the IMHA’s approach to date.
(To understand the problems open the ‘Future Issues’ PDF above)
Indoor World Cup
The German Masters are staging this first ever Masters International World Cup tournament in Krefeld in February 2017. The IMHA is delighted with this development which seems to be attracting new countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Hungary. Potentially it is the first of many future Masters Indoor tournaments and it is hoped that in attracting new countries to join the IMHA, these new members move on to participate in 11 per side tournaments too.
IMHA / WGMA Joint presentation to 2014 FIH Congress (Marrakech)
(Slide animation and some photographs have been removed from the original presentation)
Fiji 21-28 Apr 2012
The Australian Masters, the Fijian and Oceania Hockey Federations and Hockey Australia came together to initiate a programme to develop hockey in Fiji.
The Chair of the Australian Masters Council, Ms Sue Briggs, expressed her appreciation of the hospitality and organisation provided by the Fiji Hockey and Oceania Hockey Federations. She also praised the Australian Women’s Masters Committee for their vision in instigating this initiative. On behalf of the Australian Masters Council and the contingent in Fiji, Sue recognised the enormous personal efforts of Ms Tai Smith (Fiji Hockey), who so ably coordinated all aspects of the event and acknowledged by Dr Robin Mitchell, President of Fiji Hockey and the Oceania Hockey Federation’s representative to the FIH, for his support and guidance towards the success of the initiative. It is hoped that this initiative will lead to regular events in the years ahead.
The Australian Women’s team, with the support of ‘Just Hockey’, provided full junior kits with sticks, balls, helmets and shin pads in a large goalkeeper wheelie bag. Individual players also donated adult equipment such as balls, sticks, helmets, chest-guards, shin-pads, shoes,sets of uniforms and bags. In addition, a generous monetary contribution was presented by the Australian Men’s Masters to the development programme for the purchasing of stationery, pens, pencils and school materials, donated by schools in Australia, was made by the children of Australian players to assist Fijian children affected by the devastating floods in the west of Fiji earlier in April 2012. The equipment was presented to Ms Tai Smith and Dr Robin Mitchell. The support of all members of the contingent and ‘Just Hockey’ is greatly appreciated.
Robyn Bannerman and Peri Buckley accompanied the Australian Masters contingent during this tour. Robyn, the former Australian and Olympic umpire had already been involved in coaching young Fijian umpires who were given the opportunity to officiate during the games. Robyn provided valuable coaching and advice throughout the week and ‘Just Hockey’ provided individual umpire kits to assist with the development initiative. Peri, a judge at the 2012 Olympics in London, was the Technical Director and provided guidance and practical experience for the volunteer Fijian technical benches. Peri’s previous experience as an Olympic umpire proved helpful in raising umpiring standards. The Hockey Australia Masters Council is fortunate to have their expertise in sharing the spirit of hockey.