Our hugely successful Junior Academy goes from strength to strength, developing the potential and talent of our young players (boys and girls) from the earliest age groups U8 through to U18s with a high quality coaching programme and excellent facilities. With 20 Junior teams and approximately 450 junior players, the Academy is thriving and we see a very strong pull through of players into the Senior Teams and Regional and National representation.
If you are a parent and want more information about the Junior Academy, please click on: Information for Parents
TBBHC DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY
The Club's philosophy #fastfearlessfun is reflected in our approach to Junior Development.
For our youngest players involved in the Sunday Academy (up to U12s), the focus is on participation, having fun and developing technique. We do this through enjoyable sessions, small-sided games and technical shaping for the players - developing individuals skills such as passing, receiving, carrying, 3D skills, tackling and marking etc.
As players move into the mid week age groups (U14 onwards) then the focus, while still emphasising enjoyment and ongoing technical development, becomes increasingly about game play, decision making and tactics to develop winning teams and improve performance. This transition takes place with a gradual change of emphasis between U12 and U14 age groups.
2 key guiding documents for junior development and coaching can be found here:
The Buccaneers Junior Development Philosophy can be summarised as follows:
Sunday Academy (U8 - U12):
Lots of touches of the ball
Small sided games - 'tika-taka' hockey
Technical shaping - basic and advanced skills
Pass and Move
Concept of 'stretching' play - width and depth
Midweek Academy (U14 - U18):
Small sided games
Small unit play
Outletting and pressing
Formations and tactics
Self awareness, reflection and self-development
The Club's Selection Policy for Junior Teams will reflect and support the above approach.
The end goal is twofold. First, to develop players who love the game and enjoy playing it, whether at a performance or a social level. For the performance players, we are ultimately looking to support England Hockey by developing players who are:
- Highly skilled.
- Effective decision makers.
- Effective under pressure.
- Self organising and adaptable.
- Fast and execute skill under the constant high intensity of a match.
- Right attitude, right time.
For more information on the Club's Coaching Principles and philosophy you can click on the Members only link here Coaching Principles
JUNIORS PLAYING SENIOR HOCKEY
Membership. At TBBHC, we are keen for junior players (age 13 yrs and above) to get involved with Senior hockey when they want to. We know that young players often have a number of other School sporting commitments during the season, so we understand that they cannot always play a full season - this is not a problem. Anyone who is a member of the Junior Academy can play senior hockey for no extra fee, or simply just play Senior hockey. Full details on the Membership Option section of the website.
Team Selection. For U18 players, the usual rules of Selection based on merit apply as for other members of the Club although particular attention is paid by the Selection Committees to the progress of juniors players, ensuring at all times they are given opportunities, time and encouragement to develop. The Club Selection Policy can be found here: Selection Policy
For Ladies teams, promotion through the teams is linear ie 6th XI through 1st XI although players may be selected straight into higher teams should they demonstrate the right talent and potential in training.
For Mens teams, the Club structure is different with the Ds being a Student team, although this is subject to change this season [more to follow when confirmed]. This means the route for U18 players is usually from the Mens Gs (and sometimes Fs) to the Es and then upwards to Cs and beyond. The link between players moving between Gs and Es/Cs and vice versa is one which is carefully managed.
ENGLAND HOCKEY PLAYER PATHWAY
The development of talent at the junior level is a key priority for TBBHC as it is for England Hockey. The Club therefore strongly encourages young players to participate in the new England Hockey Player Pathway where appropriate. Full details of the new system of Development Centres, Academy Centres (Avon HA), Performance Centres (West HA) and England Hockey levels (Futures Cup, DiSE, National Age Group Squads, and U21 Development Programme) can be found on the Avon Hockey website http://www.avonjuniorhockey.co.uk/.
All junior players who are involved in the Player Pathway should have this recorded in the relevant section of their player profile. All players selected for NAGS or U21 Development programme should inform the Director of Hockey.
The Junior Talent Committee (JTC) chaired by the Director of Hockey and the Head Coach has been introduced to ensure these systems are working and to monitor the progress of junior talent across the Club and ensure the development of young players.
Full details of the EH Player Pathway are at link: EH Player Pathway Webpage