The Junior Hockey landscape is changing due to the disappearance of the Hatch and Collier national tournaments, as well as the implementation of the Balance is Better and Keep up with the Play campaigns. The challenges of COVID-19 add even more complications to the situation. With the right approach to the current situation WHA can provide appropriate amendments to the U13/U14 program and might even allow us to pioneer in the holistic approach on player development and take huge steps forwards in this age group. This age has an important place within the development of young players. Children are very capable of implementation of feedback and have developed their coordination to be able to execute more complicated motor skills. Although broad motor skill development is still highly recommended at this age, this is the age group where the foundation of all basic skill will be cemented for future purposes. Children in this age group will need to ‘learn to train’.
Talent and early ability at this age are no guarantees for future success. There are many reasons why success might fade over time, one of which is the relative age effect. On the other side there is just as much evidence that talent for some will start to show only at a later age, your so-called late bloomers. For this reason WHA aims to treat all players at this age equal and provide all the players in this age group with equally good coaching. It is WHA’s aim to allow players to grow at their own pace and keep early talent as well as late bloomers engaged in hockey for a lifetime, whilst providing an opportunity to excel when the time is there.
WHA will replace the regular U13 season with holistic U14 development camps in the July and October Holidays. This takes into account the outcomes of the U13 Development Program Survey, Balance is Better and Keep up with the Play campaigns. The U14 Development Camps will replace the U13 Hatch and Collier national tournaments.
U14 October Camp
3-day Day Camp option
8.30am – 3pm Daily
$195 per player
3-day Live-In Camp option**
8.30am Monday – 3pm Wednesday
$295 per player
The Friday after the October Camp WHA will host an age group Hockey Festival that will finish the 2020 season in style and will allow players to implement their newly learned skills in games. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and the expected financial impact this will have, WHA will host the U14 festival at own grounds to keep the costs as low as possible.
Read more details about the U14 Festival
In order to be eligible for the WHA U14 Development Program players need to be born in 2006, 2007 or 2008.
If you have any questions regarding the WHA U14 Development Program, you can contact Reiner Vellinga at firstname.lastname@example.org