PARENTS

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club!  If you are reading this, one or more of your children is either playing hockey with us or they may be inspired to become one of the next generation of players.

This short section gives you the information you need to know about the Club to enable you to make decisions quickly and easily – we know life is busy enough without added complications!  Be assured that we see you as an integral part of the Club, together we are guardians of aspiring young hockey players.

This section summarises the key information from across the TBB Website and covers the following:

  • Location.
  • Aims and Goals.
  • How to Play.
  • Age Group Capping.
  • Membership options.
  • How to register your child.
  • How to pay.
  • Volunteering.
  • Safeguarding Children.
  • Dress Code.

LOCATION

A map of how to find the Sports Training Village is at: STV Map. The U14 B and C teams train at King Edward’s School.

AIMS AND GOALS

The concept of the Junior Academy is to allow all young aspiring hockey players to learn the game in an enjoyable and safe environment.  The aims of the Academy are for young players to:

1.  Have fun.

2.  Develop their motor skills and coordination.

3.  Develop their individual skills.

4.  Develop as part of a team.

All Academy players will need to abide by the Academy Player and Parent Code of Conduct

As the players rise through the Club, and in particular at U16 and U18 level, the competition increases and the culture will reflect that of the Senior Club where the Club Code applies.

HOW TO PLAY

Full details of Teams and how the Junior Academy and Junior Hockey works can be found on the About the Junior Academy page.

SQUAD SIZES

The Academy runs different squad sizes, depending on age.

U8-U12: Each age group is divided into training squads of 25 outfield players. The number of training squads per age group is indicated by a number 1-2. For example, the U10s have two training squads (U10 1, U10 2). This means that the U10 age group will have a total capacity of 50 outfield players.

Applications are accepted on a first-come-first served basis, with priority given to those who are already members of the Academy. There is no waiting list for Goalkeepers as they are automatically accepted into the Academy.

U14s: Each group is divided into training squads of 20 outfield players. The number of training squads is indicated by a letter A-C. For example, the U14 girls have three training squads (U14 A, U14 B and U14 C). This means that the U14 girls age group will have a total capacity of 60 outfield players.

Applications are accepted on a first-come-first served basis, with priority given to those who are already members of the Academy. There is no waiting list for Goalkeepers as they are automatically accepted into the Academy.

Once capacity has been reached, new applicants can ask for a trial. Players who enter the Academy this way will need to be B team standard or higher.

U16-U18: Each age group is divided into training squads of 20 outfield players. The number of training squads per age group is indicated by a letter A-B.

Applications are accepted based on performance at trials. Each age group is then divided into their respective training squads through a two-week assessment period. Unsuccessful applicants, or those who miss the initial trials, can re-trial later on in the season. Players who enter the Academy through re-trials will need to be A team standard.

Goalkeepers are automatically accepted into the Academy without needing to trial.

NEW MEMBERS

Please do not just turn up to the relevant training session if you are new to the club as there may not be room to accomodate your child.  and the junior membership will come back to you with all the information you need and when to come along for a trial session. All new members must contact the Membership Secretary:  Jo McDermid  to start the registration process.  Please give as much information about your child i.e date of birth, hockey experience as possible.   Once received the Membership Secretary will reply with the relevant information and details of a trial session. Our membership data app is team.

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Full details of Junior Membership options can be found on the Membership Options/Join page.

We are keen for Junior players to play senior hockey as we think it really brings their game on, but we appreciate its not for everyone.  More details of how the Junior pathway into Senior Hockey works can be found on the About the Junior Academy page.

HOW TO PAY

Payment is via Teamo and you will be sent a brief guide when registering your child.

VOLUNTEERS

If you want to get involved in the Junior Academy or any aspect of the Club, we would love to have your support.  Please contact Jo McDermid if you wish to get involved.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

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Child Safety

With around 500 Junior members, TBBHC takes the care and wellbeing of young people extremely seriously and complies with the England Hockey Safeguarding ‘SAFE D’ policies.  All Managers and Coaches for Junior teams are DBS checked, as well as all Managers and Coaches in Senior teams as many Senior teams have junior (13 years plus) players. Full details of the SafeD policy and associated guidance can be found by clicking on the picture above.  The Club requests all coaches to attend a Safeguarding Course.

For more information please visit the Club Documents/Information – Safeguarding page.

Photographs and Video

When you apply for your child to be registered to the Club, you have an option to not have your child’s photos published on the Club website outside the Members only section.  This is mainly to prevent people using the website to trace children inappropriately.  Please make sure you let us know if you dont want picture of your children published outside the members only section.  Please also let us know if you do not wish videos or photographys to be published on the Club’s Soclal Media sites – Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Supervision

As parents, you are responsible for getting your children safely to and from the hockey pitches for training and matches, whether at home or away.  You should also ensure that your children have been to the toilet before they come to training so that they do not have to leave the pitches during training. It is your responsbility as a parent to ensure that your child is supervised at any time whilst not on the playing surface.

Changing Room Policy for Juniors Playing in Adult Teams

Juniors aged 13 years and above can be selected to play in Senior Teams. As such they will share changing facilities with adult team members at home and away fixtures. If a parent/guardian of an under 18 player does not wish their child to change with the adult players in the team then their parent/guardian must inform the Senior Team Manager. The under 18 must then be given the opportunity to change separately to the adult members of the team. By authorising juniors to play in adult teams, parents and/or guardians are agreeing to the Changing Room Policy. The safe enforcement of the Changing Room Policy will require good and continued communication between the parents/guardians, the Senior Team Manager and the under 18 player.

All parties should be mindful that what is appropriate for a 17 year old, may not be appropriate for a 13 year old.

If any junior, Senior Team Manager or parent/guardian has any concerns about the above policy, please do not hesitate to contact the Child Welfare Officer, Rachael Webb on: [email protected]

Protective Equipment

In accordance with Rule 8.8 of the EH Regulations, it is advised that children wear shin guards and mouthguards (gumshields).

All penalty corner protective equipment (masks, gloves, boxes, etc) must be supplied and maintained by the player. The Academy will not provide players with PCD kit.

Goalkeepers in the U8-U12 age groups must also provide their own groin/abdo guard if they are using the Academy goalkeeping kits.

Bullying and Harassment

Any potential concerns about bullying or harassment should be raised to the Team Manager or Lead Coach and, if not resolved at the time, should be referred to the Club’s Welfare Officer without delay.

Any questions on Safeguarding or on any aspects of your child’s Welfare can be addressed to the Club Welfare Officer, Rachael Webb on: [email protected]

You can also view the England Hockey Safeguarding Investigations procedures here:

England Hockey Safeguarding Investigations Procedures

Junior Academy Dress Code

To ensure we present the same image to all members of the junior academy at training sessions and representing the club, we ask that Junior Academy members wear club clothing.  New members are given flexibility and time in acquiring the relevant clothing which new member’s, current and past members can purchase club items.  We are introducing a Unisex long sleeve junior Training Top with the Buccanneers logo and #fastfearlessfun on the arm which is appropriate for younger / smaller juniors up to age 14.  For older / bigger juniors, the small and medium version of the Mens / Ladies Training Tops would be ideal.  These can be found at John Moore Sports on line at http://www.johnmooresports.co.uk/clubwear-two/bath-buccaneers-hockey-club.html

Welcome to the Club!