State Team selection & pathways

During 2012, HV conducted extensive research and consultation with internal & external stakeholders including Hockey Australia’s High Performance Network, VIS Hockey Program Coaches, State Coaches and fellow Hockey States & Institutes. HV is pleased to announce the establishment of a High Performance Business Unit (HPBU). The HPBU will be responsible for the identification, tracking and selection of athletes for State Teams & Development Programs & the management of State Teams & Development Programs.

The High Performance Athlete Development Information Guide has been developed that includes all relevant information relating to elite & representative hockey. This guide outlines the following:

Key Changes made in 2013


School Sport Victoria State Team & Hockey Victoria State Team Eligibility

Please Note – Change made in 2013: From 2013 players will be permitted to participate in both teams in 1 or 2 below if selected 

1. U12 SSV team and the HV U13 state team and; 
2. U15 HV state team and the U16 SSV team.

For example a player can be selected to participate in the U12 SSV Team & U13 HV State Team or the U16 SSV Team & the U15 HV State Team. 

Zone Challenge (Under 12, 14 & 16)
The Zone Challenge will be a three round event held during November and comprised of all 10 representative zone across Victoria in an U12, U14 & U16 Boys & Girls competition. This competition will primarily be played on Sundays.

Due to Hockey Australia's National Events Schedule the National Under 15 Championships will be played in April in 2014. 

Therefore Hockey Victoria will be using the 2013 Zone Challenge as the final identification process for selection of an Under 15 State Team final training camp where the team will be selected to represent Victoria at the 2014 Under 15 National Championships. 

State Team Selection Process U13 & U15
All players wishing to be selected in the U13 and U15 State Teams must nominate via the Zone Team Nomination process. The Zone team nominations will be made available during late March.

Players will be observed throughout the hockey season at the State Development Program (SDP), preseason carnivals, club competition (metro), JCC, JSC. 

Athlete Identification Officers (AIO) & Scouts will ONLY gather data on the selection criteria of athletes that are identified throughout the selection process in the following 3 athlete ranking categories:

A - Highly effective & skilled player in most criteria
B - Good player, needs development in some criteria
C - Something to like but needs development

The role of the AIO’s & scouts is to observe, record and identify player’s strengths and areas of improvement throughout the club competition (metro), JCC, JSC, SDP and preseason carnival.

At the conclusion of the JSC a final squad of 26 players will be selected for a final selection assessment session. A final assessment session will be run for U13 and U15 teams.

It is important to note the state team WILL be selected on information gathered from the whole process, NOT just the final assessment session.

U15 State Team

The U15 State Teams were selected on 4 February 2014 with the Boys' National Championships to be played in Rockingham W.A. and the Girls' in Hobart Tas. between 12 and 20 April 2014.

U13 State Team

All players wishing to be selected in the U13 State Teams must nominate via the Zone Team Nomination process. The Zone team nominations will be made available during late March.

U14 State Team
In 2013 an Invitational Tournament for Under 14 Boys and Girls was held in Canberra.  Victoria, NSW and ACT competed.

No plans for a similar invitational tournament for this age group have yet been made for 2014.

Talent Identification & Selection Criteria
Players identified in the 3 ranking categories will be assessed throughout the selection process on the following technical, tactical, physical and psychological criteria.

AIO’s & Scouts will ONLY gather data on the selection criteria of athletes that are identified throughout the selection process in the following 3 athlete ranking categories.

A

Highly effective & skilled player in most criteria

B

Good player, needs development in some criteria

C

Something to like but needs development

 

Technical

- Ball Carrying Skills

- Receiving Skills

- Passing Skills (Slap, hit, push)

- Elimination Skills

- Tackling Skills

- Goal Scoring Skills

- Game Effectiveness

Tactical

- Game awareness

- Vision

- Decision making

- Reading the play/positioning

Physical

- Speed

- Endurance

- Agility

Psychological

- Temperament

- Behaviour

- Attitude

All players identified in the 3 Ranking Categories will be provided with their individual feedback on their strengths & areas of improvement following the State team final assessment session.