Former South African hockey player, Simon Martin established Pro Series Indoor (commonly known as PSi) in 2004 in the event to grow indoor hockey in Southern Africa at the Primary and High school level. The concept started in the Western Cape and over time has rapidly spread across Southern Africa.
Young and talented hockey players are invited by local organisers to participate in regional tournaments or leagues in order to select teams to participate at the annual National PSi tournament which takes place in the 1st week of the December school holidays. The event is an exciting and competitive tournament in which the future hockey stars of SA fight it out for gold, silver and bronze at u13, u15 & u18 level.
PSi has grown tremendously at Regional and National level due to the hard work and dedication of the regional organisers/franchisees. Currently we have 11 active regions/franchisees across Southern Africa in which kids can participate indoor during the school term. Each region has a form of identity and is known as the following:
- Durban – Panthers & Tigers
- Namibia – Hawks & Eagles
- Southern Gauteng – Gryphons
- Cape Town – Seals & Sharks
- Boland – Foxes & Scorpions
- East London – Jaguars
- Eastern Gauteng – Quagga’s
- Northern Gauteng – Steers
- West Coast – Barracudas
- Port Elizabeth – Vipers
- Midlands – Stallions
- Southern Cape – Sables
During the year, the local organisers also arrange intercity tournaments as way of playing against other regions on an on-going basis. They usually travel over a long weekend and the tournaments are another great way to prepare teams for PSi Nationals.
In 2011 there were 81 teams that attended the 5th Annual National PSI tournament, which is a great achievement since the tournament is only 5 years old.
PSI has just got the thumbs up for SA Hockey President, Dave Carr which a positive step in the right direction for PSi. This boasts well for the future of PSI and a perfect platform for kids to go from strength to strength.
PSI FORMATS EXPLAINED:
PSI LEAGUE: Open to all (players of different levels participating & learning to play together as a team). League based matches with team coaches helping the players improve and develop their indoor hockey skills
REGIONALS – ½ day action packed 4 or 5 team tournament to help select franchise (provincial) teams
ALL STARS – Selected franchise (provincial) teams (best indoor players from each region) battling for bragging rights (eg in the Western Cape: Boland v Cape Town v West Coast)
NATIONALS– the ultimate aim for any indoor player! Players from all across SA & Namibia. The showcase event and pinnacle of PSI.