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Athlete Eligibility

For the 2017 - 2018 season the eligible birth years are 2003 and 2004.  Athletes must be registered members of BC Hockey in order to attend the camps. 

Program Steps

1. Zone Camps - Various Locations

Players born in 2003 and 2004 are welcome to attend this two (2) or three (3) day camp within the zone their custodial parents reside.  Girls will go through numerous on and off ice training and skills development sessions.  Following the end of the camp, players will be selected to compete on their zone team at the Provincial Identification Camp.

2. U16 Identification Camp - TBD

Participants will be placed onto teams with players from across the province at the Female U16 Identification Camp (formerly called the BC Cup).  During the camp, players will participate in skills sessions, games, seminars and fitness testing. With a focus on skill development, player assessment and education for all participants, this camp will allow players the opportunity to learn how to play with other teammates in a short term selection camp environment. 

For more Resources on Fitness, Nutrition, Mental Training and Hockey skills click here.

About the Female U16 Program of Excellence (POE)

The U16 level of the Female Program of Excellence (formerly High Performance Program) was established to introduce eligible athletes to high performance hockey focusing on both on and off ice aspects o f the game.  In an effort to emulate national and international Women’s Hockey competitions, eligible players are invited to attend their zone’s U16 camp. At the zone camps all player are given the opportunity to represent their zones at the U16 BC Cup.

There is a large learning component to the U16 Zone Camps. The players will be coached and evaluated by POE staff members and given lessons on proper warm up technique, nutrition, strength and conditioning and game play. The importance of fitness is stressed as well as the need to have a yearlong training plan in place.

The U16 level is the second stage of the Female POE. It builds on the concepts introduced at the U14 level and is intended as a lead in to the final phase of the program, the U18 level. From the athletes’ perspective the U16 level includes both on and off ice components. On-ice, the focus is on individual and team tactics necessary to be successful at the high performance level. Off-ice training and information includes proper warm up and cool down techniques, nutrition for high performance athletes, strength and conditioning, mental preparation and fitness testing. The need for a yearly plan that incorporates all of the on and off ice components is stressed as the athlete transitions from the Learning to Train phase to the Training to Train phase of the Long Term Athlete Development Model. 

All eligible athletes are encouraged to attend the camp in their zone. Along with the on and off ice content noted above, there is an important evaluation component to the camps. POE evaluators and team staff will select zone teams at the conclusion of the camps. Selected athletes will advance as a team to the provincial competition.

Web Resources

Off Ice Skill Development

Performance Enhancement

For questions relating to the Female U16 POE, please refer to your Female POE District Coordinator. If you have any additional questions please contact the BC Hockey Office at highperformance@bchockey.net.  

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