A FOCUS on maintaining the momentum is the key reason why hockey in the Hastings will go ahead in 2020.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association president Simon Thresher conceded the sport wasn't in the same position to cancel their season like a number of other codes.
It means the association will more than likely run at a loss by pushing ahead, but Thresher said it was about "putting bums on seats."
"We're not a mainstream sport; you lose people pretty quickly so you need to keep up the engagement with the sporting community," he said.
"We're trying to cover the bare minimum costs but keep the fees as low as possible in order to get as many people as possible back to the sport.
"It's like anything that whenever you stop, you lose an interest and forget about things so we just wanted to keep that momentum going."
Players that registered before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold will have this season's registration covered as well in 2021.
"Hockey NSW put out a promotional tool where if you registered prior to July 20, you also get next year's Hockey NSW fees covered in that registration," Thresher said.
"That was an incentive to get players back to the sport so they didn't sit on their backsides over this period."
All Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association competitions are set to resume from July 22 with a 10-week season ahead.
"It's good to be able to get rid of a few COVID-kilos, but people are keen to get back out and be part of normal society and playing sport is a big part of that," Thresher said.
With most state and international events being placed on hold for the immediate future, the association will look towards the upgrade of their clubhouse.
The first sod is scheduled to be turned in October with a completion date of April 2021 and Thresher indicated they were interested in trying a few new things in the warmer months.
"We're looking at a Seaside Sixes event that attracts people from out of town," he said.
"For some of our local comps we might look at super leagues in term one and term four to generate and maintain that interest and keep people engaged in the sport."
Elsewhere, Mid North Coast Rugby Union executive officer Bob Wilson was confident clubs would break even provided crowds could attend matches.
He said their decision was made courtesy of a vote by clubs.
"The clubs wanted to play so that's why we're going ahead with it; only Forster and Kempsey didn't want to play," he said.
"We won't have any sponsors, but if the clubs can have bar and canteen facilities they'll break even, but it's up to the clubs.
"It seems a bit stupid that you can go to a supermarket or a pub and be inside, but you can't be outside."
Group 3 rugby league cancelled their season with five of the eight clubs voicing concerns about their ability to stay afloat financially if crowds were not allowed to attend.