Assessment & Selection

Assessment & Selection

For the 2023-24 county season, and depending on player numbers, we are proposing to run boys and girls County and Development squads for each age group - U13, U14, U15 & U17 - starting in October.

Players new to county hockey are encouraged to get involved - previous experience of County hockey is not required!

This year, instead of a single trial or assessment date, players wishing to be considered for selection should attend at least 2 of the Summer Camps being run by the county through June, July, & August. These will be used by our coaches to assess players for selection to the proposed County and Development squads. 

All players are expected to attend at least 2 Summer Camp sessions to be considered for selection to the county squads for the 2023-2024.cycle.

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The cost is £17.50 per 3 hour session, payable in the Teamo App via Stripe. Information on how to register with Cambs Hockey on Teamo can be found here.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about County Hockey, please contact Jess Grammer via the contact card below.

If you have problems with payment please contact Sally Tippen via the contact card below: 

Sally Tippen

Summer Camp Dates 2023

🚨 Summer Camps Now Booking in Teamo 🚨

  • open to all players - no previous county experience required
  • fantastic opportunity for age group coaching over the summer
  • pathway to selection for our 2023-2024 County & Development Squads


As well as providing access to age group hockey coaching & training over the summer, the Summer Camps will also be used to assess players for selection to the County and Development squads we are proposing to run next season which start in October. 

The cost is £17.50 per 3 hour session, payable in the Teamo App via Stripe. Information on how to register with Cambs Hockey on Teamo can be found here.

If a session is fully booked, we will be operating a standby list. Please contact Jess Grammer via the contact card below:


Sunday 18 June (Saffron Walden HC, Newport)

  • 11.30 am – 2.30 pm Boys (all age groups)
  • 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Girls (all age groups)


Sunday 25 June (City of Peterborough HC)

  • 11.30 am – 2.30 pm Boys (all age groups)
  • 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Girls (all age groups)


Sunday 2 July (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road) **FULLY BOOKED**

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Boys (all age groups) **FULLY BOOKED**
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Girls (all age groups) **FULLY BOOKED**


Sunday 9 July (Saffron Walden HC, Newport)

  • 11.30 am – 2.30 pm Boys (all age groups)
  • 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Girls (all age groups)


Monday 31 July (location TBC)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Boys (U12 Boys & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Boys (U13 Boys - Year 8 only, U14 Boys, U15 Boys & U17 Boys)


Tuesday 1 August (location TBC)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Girls (U12 Girls & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Girls (U13 Girls - Year 8 only, U14 Girls, U15 Girls & U17 Girls)


Monday 7 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Girls (U13 Girls - Year 8 only, U14 Girls, U15 Girls & U17 Girls)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Girls (U12 Girls & ALL Goalkeepers)


Tuesday 8 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Boys (U13 Boys - Year 8 only, U14 Boys, U15 Boys & U17 Boys)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Boys (U12 Boys & ALL Goalkeepers)


Monday 14 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Boys (U12 Boys & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Boys (U13 Boys - Year 8 only, U14 Boys, U15 Boys & U17 Boys)


Tuesday 15 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Girls (U12 Girls & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Girls (U13 Girls - Year 8 only, U14 Girls, U15 Girls & U17 Girls)


Monday 21 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Girls (U12 Girls & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Girls (U13 Girls - Year 8 only, U14 Girls, U15 Girls & U17 Girls)


Tuesday 22 August (Cambridge University Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road)

  • 10.00 am – 1 pm Boys (U12 Boys & ALL Goalkeepers)
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Boys (U13 Boys - Year 8 only, U14 Boys, U15 Boys & U17 Boys)

How to Register & Book a Summer Camp Session

Existing County Players

  • Summer Camp sessions should be available to book in your calendar in the Teamo App.
  • Our Teamo has updated to our new county season, so we do reccommend that you log out and back into your Teamo account to minimise any issues with the App.
  • Please take the time to answer any additional registration questions if prompted, and to update any information in your young person's profile which may have changed, in particular their school year, current hockey club, county shirt number (if they have one), & medical information.

New Players

  • Please register on our player platform on the Teamo App:

Our admins are all volunteers and will try to approve your registration as quickly as possible.

Summer Camp sessions should then be available to book in your calendar in the Teamo App.


What can I do if I need to transfer my ticket to another day?

If you have bought a ticket by mistake or need to transfer a ticket to another day please contact Sally Tippen - Message Sally Tippenia the contact card below or through Teamo. DO NOT buy another ticket for the correct day as once tickets are bought they cannot be refunded or transferred. The payment stands and credit will be given and posted as £0 on the new selected date.

Sally Tippen

Treasurer

What is the difference between the County Squad & Development Squad for each age group?

The plan is to create greater flexibility and opportunity within our junior county system, and to make it much more player centric. It is universally recognised that players develop and progress at different speeds, ages, and times. It therefore does not make any sense to have a "closed" system whereby trials are held every September and players are either selected, or not selected, for the entire year. It promotes complacency amongst those that are selected and those that are unsuccessful have to wait a year before trying again.  

Therefore, after the summer sessions, the majority of players will be assigned to either the ‘County Squad’, or a ‘Development Squad’, for their age group and gender. The same age group coaches will train both the County and the Development squads each month, so that a fair and ongoing assessment can be made of each player’s development and to ensure that we meet the RARE principles. Right Athlete, Right Environment, (at the Right Time).

If a player is progressing well at Development then they can be invited to attend the County Squad sessions to see if that would be a better environment for them. Likewise, if a player is finding it difficult in the County Squad, or their attendance is poor, the Development squad may be the right environment for them at that time. All decisions around movement between the County & Development Squads will be discussed with the player and their parents (guardians) first.

Theoretically a player could move from County to Development and back to County all in the same cycle. 


What do I do if my young person is not available for any of the Summer Camp dates?

County are offering 8 county training sessions per age group over the summer period from June to August. These are on different days and at a number of locations within Cambridgeshire, which should enable most players to attend at least one or more of the dates.

If they are not able to attend any of the county sessions over the summer, then players will be offered the opportunity for assessment at a Development Squad training session. If appropriate, they would then be able to progress to the County squad during the cycle.

 

What do I do if my young person is unable to attend the summer sessions due to illness or injury?

If your young person is not able to attend their planned session(s) due to illness or injury, and you are not able to book an alternate session, please contact Jess Grammer using the contact card below, and the coaching team can advise.

My young person has been offered a Talent Academy trial in September. If they are unsuccessful, will they automatically be offered a place in their age group ‘County Squad’?

No. If a player who has not previously been at TA is not successful, they will not automatically drop into their age group County Squad. If the coaching team have had the opportunity to see the player at one or more of the summer sessions, then they will be able to make a decision as to whether they should join the County or Development Squad for their age group. Otherwise, they will be offered the opportunity for assessment at a Development Squad training session, and will then be able to progress to the County squad during the cycle if appropriate.

Please contact the county team as soon as you receive your decision about TA selection.

Can a Player be nominated to join the County or Development Squads later in the cycle?

Yes. If during the course of the cycle we observe a player, for example in a school match or club match, who is playing at the level required for county, or they are recommended by their school or club coach, they can be invited to the Development Squad for training, assessment, and if appropriate onward progression.



What can I do if I need to transfer my ticket to another day?

If you have bought a ticket by mistake or need to transfer a ticket to another day please contact Sally Tippen via the contact card below or through Teamo. DO NOT buy another ticket for the correct day as once tickets are bought they cannot be refunded or transferred. The payment stands and credit will be given and posted as £0 on the new selected date.


Sally Tippen

Treasurer

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