How does KJHC select their teams?
Our year 7/8 11 aside teams are selected on merit which is assessed over two trials held in March. The trials have 3 selectors for the boys and 3 for the girls. There is a clear process for trials and independent selectors are also placed on each team. Our Player Development Convenor oversees the process and reports to the whole committee on how selection will be run.
For our 6-aside teams we conduct trials, from which our Y5/6 Premier teams are selected on merit, but for other 6 aside teams we also consider a range of other factors when placing children in teams. The factors include friendships, coach allocation, and ability of individual children.
How many children will be in each team?
The number of children in each team varies, but we try to keep the teams small enough to ensure lots of turf time with enough extras to cover when people are away. The Committee work this through once we know how many children we are allocating into teams, and they look to sort them into the best possible cohorts with all our resources available. We have a great group of coaches for the upcoming season and so have good resources for our ever growing club.
Where will my child practice?
6 aside and 11 aside practice times may be viewed at playing for KJHC once teams have been selected and coaches appointed. Indicative times are often available on this page prior to season start, but are subject to change due to coach availability.
Is my child expected to attend all practices?
If your child is selected into an 11 aside team or the 5&6 Premier division, the expectation is that they will attend all practices, though allowance will be made for unforeseen absences. Within that broad policy, each team will set their own expectations, which may vary depending on the grade they are in.
We strongly encourage all year 5&6 players to attend their allocated practices, as that is the best way for them to develop their skills outside the match environment. Training for year 3&4’s is not compulsory, however most of our young kids in this cohort do attend practice and their skill development and general love of hockey is enhanced by attending practice over the course of the season.