FAQs

 

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How do I put my name forward to play in an event?

Click on the link either sent to you by email or here on the website in the Diary or news page.  The Diary for the event shows either a Pre-Registration poll or a detailed form to complete.  Pre-registering your name does not commit you to attend but allows us to plan based on event popularity so pre-registering is a great help.  You are also welcome to email the Secretary to register your interest.

Once an Event Coordinator is appointed you will be contacted by email with further details.  Note: until you reply to the Event Coordinator accepting your place there is no financial commitment to the event.

(Why not Doodle Poll anymore?  They changed the software making it less relevant.  The YOP Poll we are now using, although slightly clumsy, is internal to the website and allows you to see other names.)

What is the distinction between Thistles and Scottish Masters Hockey?

By being a member of Thistles you are able to play in numerous Spirit of Masters (SoM) Tournaments, Festivals and “Friendlies” all over the world and you represent Scottish Thistles.  Thistles membership is in addition to and does not interfere with your normal playing club.

Your nationality is no barrier to playing for Thistles, nor is membership of any other Spirit of Masters clubs (e.g. England LX).  Even where SoM events are governed by World Masters Hockey (e.g. World and European SoM Cups) being a member of Thistles and Scottish Hockey plus not playing for any other SoM organisation in that event is all that matters.  Thus the £20 per annum membership fee is a small price for the joys of this type of international based hockey.

For information: to play for Scotland in the full international team you must separately register with Scottish Masters Hockey and in brief, fulfil one of the FIH/WMH criteria: a) Born in Scotland; or b) Parent or grandparent born in Scotland; or c) Married to or in a civil partnership with a Scot as defined in (a) or (b); or d) Have a 5 year continuous residency period in Scotland.

How do I join Scottish Thistles Masters Hockey Club (“STMHC” or “Thistles”)?

FAQ: How do I join Scottish Thistles Masters Hockey Club ("STMHC" or "Thistles")?

Please see the page for this by clicking here.

FAQ: What is the distinction between Thistles and Scottish Masters Hockey?

By being a member of Thistles you are able to play in numerous Spirit of Masters (SoM) Tournaments, Festivals and "Friendlies" all over the world and you represent Scottish Thistles.  Thistles membership is in addition to and does not interfere with your normal playing club.

Your nationality is no barrier to playing for Thistles, nor is membership of any other Spirit of Masters clubs (e.g. England LX).  Even where SoM events are governed by World Masters Hockey (e.g. World and European SoM Cups) being a member of Thistles and Scottish Hockey plus not playing for any other SoM organisation in that event is all that matters.  Thus the £20 per annum membership fee is a small price for the joys of this type of international based hockey.

For information: to play for Scotland in the full international team you must separately register with Scottish Masters Hockey and in brief, fulfil one of the FIH/WMH criteria: a) Born in Scotland; or b) Parent or grandparent born in Scotland; or c) Married to or in a civil partnership with a Scot as defined in (a) or (b); or d) Have a 5 year continuous residency period in Scotland.

FAQ:    How do I put my name forward to play in an event?

Click on the link either sent to you by email or here on the website in the Diary or news page.  The Diary for the event shows either a Pre-Registration poll or a detailed form to complete.  Pre-registering your name does not commit you to attend but allows us to plan based on event popularity so pre-registering is a great help.  You are also welcome to email the Secretary to register your interest.

Once an Event Coordinator is appointed you will be contacted by email with further details.  Note: until you reply to the Event Coordinator accepting your place there is no financial commitment to the event.

(Why not Doodle Poll anymore?  They changed the software making it less relevant.  The YOP Poll we are now using, although slightly clumsy, is internal to the website and allows you to see other names.)

FAQ:   What is the difference between Open and Selected events?

Thistles used to provide social teams for festivals and select the full International teams for official tournaments.  (Scottish Masters Hockey now selects full International.)  Festival hockey is still going strong and these, for us, are Open events.  However based on the huge demand for competitive masters hockey outside of full International a new concept, Spirit of Masters, was launched for competing internationally.  The standard in these events is very high and Thistles have responded by sending selected teams.  All events are advertised and all are welcome to apply with the distinction being:

Open:  May be streamed by age group but is open on a first come first served basis to those who wish to play.  Excellent examples are: Lille (France), Dragons (Wales), Dundee (our own event) and Octoberfest (England LX) plus many other one off fixtures.

Selected:  Streamed by age group with the Event Coordinator (in conjuction with others) able to select the squad. Examples are Tilburg (Holland) and World/European SoM Cup.

FAQ:    How do I attend training/open days?

Turn up!  Actually it helps immensely to know in advance who is attending and to be informed when no longer attending.  Click Diary (menu bar) and find the event.  There will be a poll asking you to add your name.  Should you subsequently need to withdraw then add your name again and in the comment field add "withdrawn".

Bring your own hockey playing equipment plus a white and a blue shirt for the team games.  We ask everyone to be changed and ready at the training ground 10-15 minutes before the start.  Use this time for personal warm-up, stretching and socialising.  Bring the training fee (usually £10) and give that at the start to the person registering you.  A training session will start with a group warm-up and some stick-and-ball work, then skill practice, mini-games, tactical plays and half or full pitch game before a debrief and warm down.  Bring water and your own decision on snacks and lunch if scheduled into the training.  An open day will be small sided or full pitch matches.

FAQ:    I've been selected for a match/event; what now?

You should receive an Event email from the Event Coordinator.  This will ask you to:

a)    Pay the advised non-refundable deposit into the STMHC bank account.  Note: The Treasurer will pay the entry fees on your behalf and you will be responsible for your share whether you attend or not.

Account name     SMLXHC Account 1

BIC : RBOSGB2L

IBAN : GB37RBOS83005010000980

Sort Code : 83-00-50

Account Number : 10000980

b)   Ensure you are registered with Scottish Hockey for the playing year of the event.  This is normally included via your playing club in Scotland.  If not then you should register either direct with Scottish Hockey or by asking our Treasurer nicely to handle it on your behalf.

c)    Medical Travel Insurance.  If the match/event is outwith the U.K. you will be required to have medical travel insurance and to have verified that it covers playing "organised amateur competitive field hockey".  For inside the UK this is optional.

d)    Medical Details. In case of medical problems at an event we require access to full disclosure of current medical matters.  Please decide if you want these details "discrete" or "confidential".  Discrete means submitting an online form to the Event Coordinator (accessible also on a standby basis by the Webmaster and Sixties Plus Chair) who will hold the information as private and handle it with discretion.  Confidential means you printing and completing your own version of the form, taking it in a sealed envelope to the event to be held by the Event Coordinator and returned afterwards if not needed still sealed.  The online form is currently being revised.

e)    Book yourself into the advised hotel.  The advised hotel is not compulsory but is good for team coordination, travel to and from the pitches and for socialising.  Should you wish to arrange your own accommodation then keep the Event Coordinator advised.

f)    Book your own travel to and from the Event location.  Often the Event Coordinator will advise what others are doing so that you can coordinate with them.

g)    Keep fit, keep well, turn up and enjoy.

FAQ:    How do we stay informed during the match/event?

The Event Coordinator will advise on this - most commonly by a WhatsApp group.  If you cannot use the chosen method please ensure the Event Coordinator is aware and perhaps buddy with someone who is using the chosen method.

FAQ:    How do I get playing kit?

Standard playing kit is navy "Blue - Blue - Blue".  Change colour playing kit is "White - White - Red" though this is often mixed with the blue kit.

SHIRT/VEST:  Our own navy blue Thistles branded shirt/vest with your number added (see Shirts and Numbers FAQs below).  Change: same in white.

SHORTS/SKORT: May change.  At present we use navy blue Canterbury shorts/skort (change: Canterbury brand white shorts/skort).

SOCKS:  May change.  At present we use navy blue plain Canterbury Team Playing socks.   Change:  red Canterbury Team Playing socks.

Honesty moment:  Our shirts are Thistles' designed and sourced.  For all the other bits we have used the Scottish Hockey sponsored navy blue playing kit.  However S.H. are now using New Balance shirts etc all in a pale blue.  Thistles, being a club, are not required to use S.H. sponsored kit and we like the navy blue colour to go with our shirts.  For this update I don't have an answer but as soon as it is decided we shall post new information.

FAQ: Thistles Shirts and Numbers

First ask the Secretary to arrange to be allocated a playing number that you will keep for your Thistles playing journey; ensure you include this number in the details when ordering.

Shirts/Vests are not kept in stock and the Secretary emails about six times a year that we are ordering a new batch and normally there is a six week lead time.  If you need to borrow a shirt/vest please advise the Event Coordinator on your need and size.

Honesty moment: I am a forty chest with a little bit of a dad-bod waist.  There is no stretch in the shirt material and my Thistles size 42 fits fine yet is loose enough to play in.

FAQ: Tracksuits and Other Non-playing Kit

Thistles branded tracksuits, rain jackets, hockey bags etc will be offered for purchase from time to time.  The Secretary will email when these are available to order.

FAQ: Match Reports - Where do I find the match reports from events?

Match reports are stored on the Archive page (see menu at the top of all pages).  For a short period reports are also easily accessed via News and also via Diary using the back arrow to access previous events.

FAQ: Match Report Photos - I have photos I would like to add to the event

We like photos whether of the team, players in action or socialising.  Send them in any normal format to either your Event Coordinator who will forward them to the relevant person for inclusion.  We can include a caption or comment where relevant.

FAQ: Match Report - How do I submit one?

We can accept reports whether in a more official style or a more personal style in many ways.  Send the words and the images to the Event Coordinator and he will forward them to the relevant person.  However please follow the following advice:

- Use plain text.  Use any common word or text software or email for the words; but no fancy layouts as our web publishing software cannot accept them.

- Separate out the photos.  Send photos as individual files e.g. jpeg as the web publishing software handles them as individual files separate from the text.

- No embedded photos or images.  You spent ages making a beautiful Word publishable document and we have to spend ages stripping it back to plain text and separate photos.

FAQ: Old Website - I want to search the old website for events and news prior to 2021

The old website (www.scotlandlx.org.uk) will continue to exist for a while.  Eventually though it will become a sub-section of this new website and be fully accessible under the Archive page.

FAQ:  Email addresses - role @ our website address

All the new web addresses e.g. Secretary@ the website address of scottishthistleshockey.org are up and running, yet still we learn.  Apparently some mail from us ends up in your spam folders.  Please can you check and add the relevant address to your whitelist and email address book.

Mailchimp.  This is a web trusted email re-mailer and we are trialling it for large mailshots.  Should you unsubscribe from Mailchimp you will be removed for all and every email we send using this system and not just those relating to the subject of the email.  Should you wish to restrict mailings then please advise the Secretary (and forgive occasional slip ups).