The summer league games began on 9 September with playoffs around the corner for the teams that made it. Summer league takes place annually around springtime on the UP sports campus. The hockey tournament is supervised under TuksHockey and is open to anyone who wishes to play. Each team needs to consist of a minimum of four men and three women, however, the team doesn’t need to have a maximum number of team players as this allows for substitutes. The teams are mixed to create a social platform for hockey lovers. The hockey tournament allows for hockey enthusiasts to enjoy a good game with friends. A registration fee of R1200 also needs to be paid.
The games began with high energy with everyone excited to play. Each team played in colour coordinated sports attire to differentiate teams. Each game lasted 15 minutes to ensure time efficiency and make sure many teams had their turn to play on the Astroturf. Games ran from 18:00 to 22:00 in the evening of the weekdays. There are 4 pools in which the teams are categorized. Teams only played against other teams in their pool. This also ensured effective results throughout the games.
Due to the casual nature of the tournament, not many injuries were sustained and players participated for a good time. Summer league has come to an end for many of the teams though as they did not make it to the finals. Certain teams from each pool, that qualified for playoffs, will verse each other in the upcoming weeks. There are a limited amount of teams that can participate so make sure to register early with TuksHockey.