Once players have been registered in a team by the due date the following rules apply. See registration sheet in Appendix 3 at the back of this handbook. Schools are asked to Respect and Play by the Spirit of this Rule.
The following rules do not apply to genuine Super 6 players.
Playing a Player Down
All registered teams in SPL must identify their top 8 (eight) anchor players who will not be eligible to move down at any time in the year unless application is applied for under 32J and is granted. Schools with Championship 1, 2 and 3 teams need only provide 3 (three) anchor players for each Championship 1, 2 and 3 team that has a lower ranked team. The school’s lowest ranked team does not need to identify anchor players.
These “Anchor Players” cannot play down. Goalies should be included if they are an anchor player.
The remaining players (up to eight in each team) may play down one school team ranking only, as many times as required and be clearly starred (*) on the match card.
For schools with only two teams in either the boys or girls’ grade, the team above the lowest ranked team may have six anchor players if in SPL (rather than 8 anchor players) or 3 anchor players if in Champ 1 or 2 to ensure the lowest ranked team can field a full team.
A list of anchorplayers will bepublished on the THA websitebyMonday, 15 May 2023, under Secondary School Hockey/Anchor Players.
If you have only SPL and Championship 2 teams the eight eligible players may change from SPL but please respect the spirit of the rule. Anchor player are not allowed to play down.
Players eligible to play down may play all games including semi-finals and finals.
Playing a Player Up
All players are eligible to play up divisions in the secondary competitions and should be starred (*) on the match card.
If there are two or more teams from the same school in the same division the lower team players may play up.
Players may play up more than one division if required.
Anchor players and others are not excluded from playing club hockey at a higher level on another night.
Changes to Anchor Players’ List
Changes can be made to the list of anchor players during the season when circumstances arise i.e., exchange students arriving, injuries, academic commitments and school relocations.
Players can only be re-graded once (Rule 32J).
Changes to the anchor list must be notified in writing by the school’s TIC 48 hours before the player/s concerned take/s the field.