National Player Pathways
Sheffield Hockey Club's junior coaching program reinforces the aims of our National Governing Body, England Hockey (EH).
England Hockey Single System
England Hockey's 'single system' is for players U13 to U18. A system that is the same across all regions in England, and very importantly, the same development 'pathway' for both Girls and Boys.
All Coaches are qualified at local, county and regional levels; volunteers administer up to county level and then England Hockey appoint teams to support parents and players through the higher stages. At all stages, players are asked to make a contribution to costs and may have the opportunity to purchase kit which signifies their progression to each stage. Lets try to explain the pathway...
Junior Development Centres (JDC)
A local training centre for U13 - U17 age groups, hosted by local clubs such as Sheffield Hockey Club. JDCs are open to any hockey player who has been nominated by their club, school or coach. These run between September until December involving 4-6 quality coaching sessions, assessment and feedback.If players are selected they then move onto.......
Junior Academy Centres (JAC)
A training centre for the U13 & U17 age groups. JACs are open to any hockey player who has been nominated by a Junior Development Centre (JDC) Coach.
In our area, JACs are run by South Yorkshire Hockey Development Group at Abbeydale Park on behalf of all Junior Clubs in South Yorkshire and are typically held in January until March. This involves a full assessment over 4-6 sessions and possible selection for South Yorkshire team to play against JACs from North, West & East Yorkshire. Tournaments are held in late March/April. The top 30 or so players from all JACs are identified from the tournament and progress to the next stage. This is the final step for the U13 players. Having moved into a new year, the U14 to U17 age groups are re-categorised to new age groups of U15-U18s. Separately, the best Yorkshire JAC squad progress to play JACs from other regions in the North and if successful, progress to a national JAC competition
Junior Regional Performance Centres (JRPCs)
A training centre for the U15, U16, U17 and U18 age groups which are open to anyone who has successfully come through assessment from a Junior Academy Centre or who has previously been involved in National Age Group Squads (NAGS) activity.
In our area the JRPCs are held in Leeds and are managed by England Hockey North Office and a team of high quality coaches, managers and administrators. Sessions usually start in June through to September, with a one month break in the school holidays. A final squad of 18 players undertake further high performance coaching sessions and represent the Leeds Pumas in matches against JRPC teams from Manchester and Durham. The best 25 or so players from the 3 JRPC teams at each age level (U15 to U18) are identified and invited to progress to the next level.
Effectively these are the North of England team at four age groups U15 to U18 - both Girls and Boys. Coaching sessions take place at Leeds, Durham or Manchester after which squads of 18 players are selected to represent the Pennine Pumas as follows.......
High Performance Camps for U15 & U17 squads – usually at a National Sports Centre during October. Meet and train with players from the 3 other Regions and finish with a tournament at the end of the weekend.
For the U16 & U18 squads. Usually held at Cannock H.C. during the October half term school break. Four teams from four regions of England, cleverly named after wild animals, battle it out over 3 or 4 days from which the England National Age Group (NAG) selectors to (as the name may suggests) identify the England trialists. One more weekend and the England squads are selected for the U16 and U18 Boys and Girls.
One single system for both Boys and Girls that is easy to understand
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