The opening weekend of the competition will see four rounds of matches played from Friday to Monday at the Wits astro.
One of the innovations in Varsity Hockey is the introduction of the power play during which the defending team will be down to nine players for a period of three minutes.
Madibaz coach Cheslyn Gie said they had worked hard on their counter-attacks, which they hoped to implement in this time.
“The power play has been extended to three minutes and in this time the defending team will be down to nine players, including the goalkeeper,” he said.
“Teams will be looking at this as an opportunity to score, but we have worked hard on our counter-attack hockey and we see this as a chance to score ourselves.”
Having lost a number of senior players, including national player Ignatius Malgraff, Gie said they had a relatively inexperienced line-up.
However, he felt it was a chance for the young members of the team to show their ability.
“I am looking forward to seeing youngsters like Jared de Kock, Christopher Wynford, José Smith (Grey High), Joshua Engole, Brodie Fanoe (Selborne) and Jacque Potgieter and Jason McGillivray (Pearson) provide an example of the strength of our local schools talent.”
The Madibaz mentor said they had been preparing hard for this event since November.
“The players have had off-season training programmes to keep fit.
“Since the university reopened [in February], we have worked hard and the squad have had two gym sessions and two turf sessions on a weekly basis.”
In the Madibaz squad, he said SA U21 player Laython Coombs would have a key role up front, with Jason McGillivray marshalling the midfield.
“In defence we have some experienced players in Michael Hansel, Alexander Penhall and Calan Dewar.”
Madibaz play their first match against Stellenbosch on Friday at 5pm.