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High Performance Pathways
State Team Pathway
The Hockey Victoria Draft Camp is the Academy selection event, which also doubles as a development program. Draft Camp is available to anyone who HAS NOT satisfied the selection criteria for automatic entry into the Hockey Victoria Academy. Draft Camp is the only entry point into the Academy for players who have NOT gained automatic entry through having represented Hockey Victoria in the relevant State Teams. The Draft Camp program combines intensive skill development in small groups, modified games and match play. It provides athletes with the opportunity to improve their skills and techniques under the guidance of our high performance coaches as well as be assessed and potentially gain selection into the Hockey Victoria Academy Program.
The Hockey Victoria Academy is designed to transform talented young hockey players into top hockey players. The Academy program takes great pride in the development of young players who aspire to play for Victoria, HC Melbourne and beyond. Hockey Victoria operate age-appropriate programs that provide players with a supportive environment which promotes growth and success in hockey, and in life. The Academy aims to expose young talented hockey players to a brand of hockey that is offensive-minded, creative, fast, and one that embraces and individual flare. The HV Academy Program runs for approximately six weeks. Academy training will include physical testing, skill based sessions, match play days and player analysis.
OPEN PLAYER ASSESSMENT
The Open Player Assessment session provides an opportunity for athletes to be assessed by our Athlete Identification Officers (AIOs), to potentially gain selection through to the Final Player Assessment (FPA) phase of our State Team selection process. The OPA is targeted at athletes who were either unsuccessful with selection into our Academy, or were unable to attend the Draft Camp for whatever reason. The OPA provides athletes with the opportunity to participate in an intensive and specific skill training session with athletes of similar age. The session is generally run in conjunction with school holidays, as well as leading into the FPA phase. The session itself will consist of a combination of technical skills, modified games, and full field match play.
Athletes are selected through Final Player Assessments to represent Victoria at the Australian National Championships. For more information, resources and FAQs on state team selection and high performance pathways, visit the link below.
Grassports Junior State Championship (JSC)
WHAT IS JSC?
The Hockey Victoria Grassports Junior State Championship is a multi-day junior hockey event comprised of four regional zones and six metropolitan zones. The event is typically held in Melbourne at the Parkville State Netball Hockey Centre and nominated clubs, but is also occasionally held in regional Victoria. Any player within the age groups of U13, U15 and U18 may nominate themselves to trial for their zone team. Please note, Hockey Victoria will adjust the JSC age groups from 2023. This will mean from 2023, the JSC age groups will align with the HV Winter Competition age groups, then from 2024, there will also be alignment with the HA Nationals age groups. Hockey Victoria will also be offering and Under 12 Hockey 5’s Junior State Championships. This will be a wonderful introduction to the JSC for Under 12s. It will run for 2 days across Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July and will take place at Melbourne Sports Centres Parkville or Footscray to coincide with the Under 14 and Under 16 JSC.
The KBH Brumbies belong to the North East Metro Red Devils. Clubs included in this zone are Doncaster, Greensborough, Croyden Ranges, Hume, Craigieburn Falcons and United Khalsa. Should you have been unsuccessful in gaining selection into your Zone team, there are opportunities to fill vacancies in other Zones. If you are interested in playing for another Zone, please use this link to submit an EOI (please be sure to read all the information on the EOI page on the Hockey Victoria website before making your submission).
Zone Player nominations for the 2023 Grassport Junior State Championships will open in early 2023. Trials will be conducted on a Sunday in April (exact dates TBC). Please use the below button for further information (such as trial dates, costs etc.) and to nominate through the Hockey Victoria website. Selected players will train with their team for 4-5 sessions leading up to the four day round-robin event. Selectors will not be providing feedback to players that trial for their Zone teams.
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