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About the Female U14 Program of Excellence (POE)
The U14 Female Program of Excellence (formerly High Performance Program) acts as a feeder for the Female U16 and U18 POE. Players, coaches and officials have the opportunity to progress throughout the programs. Club team coaches are encouraged to get involved with U14 and learn about high performance hockey within the Branch.
The Female U14 POE is the product of the Female Hockey Development model and considered developmental only, where no teams will be selected. The purpose of the program is to introduce eligible athletes to high performance hockey focusing on both on and off ice aspects of the game. The athletes will be exposed to sport science principals in the areas of nutrition, mental training, and physical preparation.
The inclusion of a U14 POE level is a result of BC Hockey adopting the Long Term Athlete Development Model. Research shows that athletes aged 11 and 13 are considered a key age range in several skill and physical development phases. Using age and developmentally appropriate materials, the program will introduce key areas of on-ice skill development and off-ice training allowing them to be successful regardless of the path they choose within the game.
For questions relating to the Female U14 POE, please refer to your Female POE District Coordinator. If you have any additional questions please contact the BC Hockey Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.