Updated: Sep 14
Please note that the timing of the second muster for Boys is now 3pm on 17th September. Girls muster time unchanged at 4pm
Youth Grade is a summer club competition for Years 7-10 held in Term 4. It isn’t an elite competition and is instead focused on connecting school hockey players with clubs, allowing them to get a taste for what club hockey is about, and form connections with the wider hockey community so when they leave school or want to further develop their hockey they know what options are available.
The 2023 ABC Youth Grade programme is made up of four muster/training sessions on Sunday afternoons at the end of school term 3, followed by eight Monday night games commencing on Monday 16th October and ending on Monday 11th December, with three more weekend practices during Term 4. The training sessions and weekend practices are focused on basic skills and understanding the fundamental structures of senior hockey.
The first two muster/training sessions will be used to select the teams. These are on Sunday 10th September and Sunday 17th September 4-5pm (Girls on Cello 1 & Boys on TigerTurf 2) - NOTE BOYS' SECOND MUSTER IS AT 3PM.
The programme is overseen by experienced coaches with each team having a dedicated coach. Youth Grade is a development programme and each team has an adult player on the field (or possibly two in the B Grade) to help set the structure and guide play. Typically players from our Premier or Premier 2 sides take this role as many of them have come through the youth grade programme themselves before moving up into the top club grades. The emphasis is on building confidence and improving skill and hockey knowledge as well as having fun.
Depending on numbers we expect to have 3-5 teams in each of the Boys and Girls competitions and whilst we will select teams based on skill level as there is an A & B grade, we will also endeavour to put friends together if we can. The cost of the programme is $135 and an invoice will be emailed in mid-September.
To register please click the link below and we will be in touch early in September with further info.
We look forward to seeing all our returning players from last season and meeting the new ones who want to join ABC in 2023.