Female Hockey Model
The implementation process is underway to restructure the operational model for female hockey in British Columbia and the Yukon, with the release of the BC Hockey Female Hockey Report. Aligning with the strategic growth plans of BC Hockey and Hockey Canada, and the Government of Canada’s 2017 “Women and Girls in Sport” report, the Female Hockey Report focuses on five (5) key items to grow the female game:
1. Implement an Organizational Structure for Female Hockey Programming
By creating new positions responsible for the oversight of female hockey programming across BC and the Yukon, individuals assigned to these duties will create and ensure that all programming guidelines are clearly communicated to, and delivered at, the local level.
2. Creation of Female Hockey Associations
Female-focused Associations have been identified as being necessary to ensure the growth of female hockey programming. Experience over the past 15 years has shown that FHAs facilitate stronger recruitment initiatives, coaching education and playing opportunities for female players. The formation of FHAs also facilitates increased options for females (especially those in rural areas) to play with other females.
3. Execute Female First Shift Programs
Utilizing Hockey Canada's existing First Shift programming and framework, we plan to address two (2) of the most prominent problems with female hockey in BC - the lack of recruitment events and shortage of goaltenders.
4. Create Female Multisport Camp Pilot
BC Hockey will take the lead with other provincial sport organizations to create a one (1) day "Try It Camp" to introduce hockey along with three (3) to four (4) other sports. Communication and recruitment materials would be offered frmo other participating sports to expose the benefits of sport to as many young females as possible. This will continue to build the interest in female hockey as well as educating athletes on the importance of multi-sport opportunities.
5. Pursue Female Event Hosting
Events such as the Esso Cup and National U18 Women's Championship allow female players in the host communities to observe exceptional female hockey, an also allows for the creation of recruitment and skill development events around the tournament. The competitors at these events are excellent ambassadors of our sport, and we will work to maximize the benefits of programming in the host community and surrounding area.