Tuesday, March 31, 2009
BC Hockey recently announced that the Female High Performance program will be restructuring its U14 development program. In effect it will lead to the cancelation of the U14 off-ice training camp portion of the program, designed to begin in the spring of 2009. To date BC Hockey had not received an adequate amount of registration for the second component of the Female U14 High Performance Program (launched in 2008) to be deemed successful.
“We met as a group last week and felt that although our program design was perfect in theory it did not appear to be ideal logistically,” BC Hockey High Performance Chair Robin Douville stated.
The BC Hockey Female Design Model, adopted in 2007, identified the need to introduce female athletes at this age level to areas of on-ice skill development and off-ice training, allowing them to be successful within this game.
The program will now consist of only one (1) component. In September 2009 BC Hockey will run on-ice camps in the six respective districts. These weekend camps will teach athletes skills and strategies to prepare them for the upcoming hockey season (competitive phase of development), as well as off-season training and planning (Transition and Preparatory phase of development). Included in the camp will be fitness information and testing, a parent seminar, on-ice skill development and off-season preparation. The goals of the BC Hockey U14 Female High Performance Program remain the same:
To introduce young female athletes to the High Performance Program, specifically in the areas of on-ice skill development and off-ice training using age and developmentally appropriate materials and strategies.
To provide a learning environment that is fun and challenging, one that will inspire the athletes to continue in the High Performance Program and prepare them for future challenges at the U16 and U18 levels.
To continue to support the athlete throughout the year by providing updated information on the BC Hockey web site in the areas noted above that will be valuable to the athletes, their parents and their club team coaches.
To identify and develop hockey leaders and future high performance staff members in the local community by providing opportunities to participate in camp delivery.
To continually review the program by keeping current with the most up to date materials and information that will allow for continual growth and development.
To bridge the gap between development strategies and commitment in the High Performance Program and the various club team programs.
All players that had already registered for the camp have been fully reimbursed and encouraged to attend the fall sessions.
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