HV seem to be really stepping up their promotion of J-Ball, their idea of a social, super accessible version of the sport that anyone can play. The idea of this is great in my opinion, and I'd love to see something like this working properly, only nobody seems to want to play it, and tbh I'm not that surprised. Not only is there J-Ball, but hockey sixers too, which is also going on at the same time and seems to be aimed at a similar target. According to HV, just under a hundred participants took part in both formats together, and only a little over 25 in J-ball. Furthermore, they mention the addition of another format, KE40:
It will be initially aimed at the parents of junior hockey players, as it will be delivered during junior training sessions.
That'll be interesting.
I find this a bit of a mess, we have new 'social' formats of hockey popping up all over the place and none of them seem to be getting the proper attention. Not to mention there are clubs already running their own internal versions of things like Hockey Sixers, why would they hand over control of this to HV?
What are your thoughts, is this actually going to help grow hockey in Victoria? Or is this a colossal waste of time and resources for very little gain?