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Academy is organised into 5 Levels, that group participants based on their ability and experience, with movement between levels determined by an individuals progress in a competitive, monthly, training environment.

Players are assessed at every training session, with records kept on development and progress monitored on a regular basis.

This allows for young players who may significantly improve and emerge over the course of a season and is also useful in cases of injury/illness or simply where it is felt necessary to deselect a player by placing them in a lower Level until they can regularly demonstrate they meet the criteria of a higher level of training. It is normal for children to move up or down levels through the course of a season.

Parents are welcome to contact the National Coaching Director to discuss their child’s progress or interest in attending. 

Academy Levels

1

TEACHING THE BASICS

  • Basic Skating
  • Turns, Cross Legs, Sprint, Power Leg
  • Individual Technique
  • Ball Control, Pass and Shots
  • How to play the game


      This level is for teaching basic skating and rink hockey. We will be teaching the basics of skating and how to play roller hockey. Once a player is confident on skates and has an understanding of the game they will move to Level 2.

      2

      DEVELOPING THE BASICS

      • Basic Skating
      • Turns, Cross Legs, Sprint, Power Leg
      • Individual Technique
      • Ball Control, Pass and Shots
      • How to play the game
      • Reaction Capacity



        This level will concentrate on developing the basics taught in Level 1 and the introduction of reaction capacity. Players will be taught the importance of position on the rink on and off the ball.

        3

        INTRODUCING TACTICS

        • Introduce Team Play
        • Basic Skating
        • Position on the rink
        • Defence and Attack
        • Show Man to Man
        • Set up moves
        • Reaction Capacity
        • Basic Carousel
        • Fitness & Health
        • Sports Mentality


        In this level we will be introducing tactics and set up moves used in the England system and explaining how and when they are used. We will also start talking to players about Fitness & Health and the importance of having a sports mentality. Once players have an understanding of the above they will move to Level 4.

        4

        DEVELOPING TACTICS

        • Restrict Man to Man
        • Carousel
        • Set Up Moves
        • Reaction Capacity
        • Fitness
        • Warm up off rink
        • Sports Mentality


        In this level we concentrate more on the tactical side, set up moves, reaction capacity and making players more robust in play. We also develop the competencies learnt in Level 3. We are preparing players mentally to build their confidence, as well as their thought process on the rink. This includes reading the game on and off the ball, understanding their position on the rink and working hard on fitness. 

          5

          FOCUS ON TACTICS

          • Tactics (Defence & Attack)
          • Set up Moves
          • Reaction Capacity
          • Fitness
          • Sports Mentality


          The players in this level will be focusing on the above competencies. They know the tactics, can play any format, understand where to play on and off the ball and know the set up moves. Most of the teaching in this level is to keep improving their confidence and sports mentality individually and as a team.

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