Who is Boland Hockey?

Boland Hockey is an affiliated member of SASHOC (South African Schools Hockey Association) and is a non-profit organisation that solely relies on school affiliation fees in order to operate.

It organises all hockey pertaining to both Primary and High schools, school leagues, umpires, coaches, high performance training, trials, team selections, tournaments and player development.

It is run by a 100% volunteer committee, nominated and voted in by school representatives/head of school hockey/sport at an AGM in November. Most of the committee members are all coaches/teachers, who serve on the Boland hockey committee on top of their school/sport commitments. The rest are parents that work full time or run their own businesses. They do it “for the love of hockey”!

Boland is a large region and for this reason it is divided into three main regions/Hubs to ensure that as many players are reached, and travel times are decreased as far as possible. These regions are mostly used for HP training and regional team selection, except at u16 and u18 level. There are slight differences to the Primary School regions.

The three regions/Hubs for High Schools are broadly:

  • North – Ceres, Worcester, Malmesbury, Robertson
  • South – Hermanus, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Kleinmond, Strand
  • West – Paarl, Wellington, Langebaan

How does the team selection process work?

Players will be invited to attend HP. The High Performance programme is the main evaluation tool used to assess players over a 10week period.

  • HP (HS)

Players are invited to form part of the High-Performance Programme (HP) which runs over the 4th and 1st terms of every year. Invitations are based on participation in previous Boland teams and a schools’ motivation for a player to be included.

The HP programme is run by Boland Hockey  as opposed to being outsourced in previous years. Various IPT and Regional coaches will be involved which will allow players’ development, skills, attitude and growth to be closely monitored.

Initially the programme will take place in the various Hubs(regions). Here players are accessed by coaches on a variety of skills.  Individual feedback is sent to each player at the end of the 4th term. The Hubs then come together towards the end of the 1st term where coaches grade players. This grading, based on the players likelihood to be selected for an IPT A, B or Regional team, together with the HP assessment on skills,  will be used to invite players to IPT trials.

At this stage Primary School players do not have an existing HP programme, but plans are in place to implement in alignment with high schools.

  • IPT trials (HS)

Players will be invited, to attend IPT trials based largely on HP grading. This will decrease the number of players at trials and increase the quality of the trials. Players with a realistic chance of making an IPT or Regional team will be invited.

Upon registration, players will be asked whether they are available for IPT and or Regional teams. In the past players have withdrawn once teams are announced and this weakens teams dramatically and causes selection challenges. Players that withdraw will be excluded from the following years’ selection process.

Players who have any outstanding accounts with Boland Hockey will also not be allowed to participate in trials unless a repayment plan has been made with bolandhockeyfinance@gmail.com.             

  • Team selections (HS)

There will be a panel consisting of the various IPT A and B team coaches, regional coaches, HP manager, HUB leader and an external selector at all IPT trials. Each age group will also have a dedicated convenor allocated.

After the conclusion of trials, teams will be selected based on HP assessments, grading, previous tournament feedback and trial performance. This will aid in selecting the best players over an extended period, not just on trials performance but including skills and growth.

Players may be moved up or down in teams during the first practice weeks. This will allow coaches to fine tune teams, check fitness levels of players and ensure that teams are balanced.

  • Tournament preparation and practices

Once squads/teams are announced, each team will have a manager that will be the link between the parents and Boland Hockey. Practice times, dates and venues will be set out. There is a lot of paperwork that the various tournaments require e.g. unabridged birth certificates, stamped by schools with a recent photo, not older than 3 months etc.

The various tournament dates are listed at the end of this letter. Regional tournament dates and venues are not yet available.

What teams are selected?

All provincial teams must conform to the guidelines set out by SASHOC:

  • IPT teams must include a minimum of 8 Players of colour (POC’s)
  • Regional teams must include a minimum of 7 Players of colour (POC’s)

IPT teams will take part in the Inter Provincial Tournament, which is hosted by a different province each year. Regional teams will take part in a separate tournament, at a different venue and a date.

U13

U13 Boys and Girls
Team selected Regions Tournament Venue
IPT IPT Stellenbosch
Barlinka West Coast

Central

Regional TBC
Shiraz Worcester

Overberg

Regional TBC

 

U14        In the U14 age group, the IPT side is replaced by a combined Western Cape team where the best players from Boland, SW Districts and W.P. are chosen to compete at the SA Winter Games.

In addition, Boland selects three regional sides, one from each region of Boland, which will take part in a regional tournament from teams from the Southern half of South Africa.

U14 Boys & Girls
Team selected Regions Tournament Venue
Western Cape team Boland

Western Province

South Western Districts

SA Winter Games TBC
U14 North

Shiraz

Ceres

Worcester

Malmesbury

Robertson

Regional tournament TBC
U14 South

Pinotage

Hermanus Kleinmond

Strand

Somerset West

Stellenbosch

Regional tournament TBC
U14 West

West

Paarl

Wellington Langebaan

Regional tournament

 

TBC

 

U16

U16 Boys & Girls
Team selected Regions Tournament Venue
IPT A Ceres

Worcester

Malmesbury

Robertson

Hermanus

Somerset West

Stellenbosch

Kleinmond

Strand

Paarl

Wellington

Langebaan

IPT Stellenbosch
IPT B IPT Stellenbosch
Regional Regional TBC

The Regional team is effectively a “C “team chosen out of all three regions but plays at a Regional tournament, hence the name.

U18

U18 Boys & Girls
Team selected Regions Tournament Venue
IPT A Ceres

Worcester

Malmesbury

Robertson

Hermanus

Somerset West

Stellenbosch

Kleinmond

Strand

Paarl

Wellington

Langebaan

IPT Stellenbosch
IPT B IPT Stellenbosch
Regional Regional TBC

The Regional team is effectively a “C “team chosen out of all three regions but plays at a Regional tournament, hence the name.

All u16 and u18 regional teams will be selected from players who do not make an IPT team but indicated on registration that they would be available for a Regional team.

 

Finances

Boland Hockey is a non-profit organisation and relies on affiliation fees from schools to run hockey in the province.

The non-payment of tournament fees places an incredible burden on Boland Hockey and effectively increases the tournament fees for everyone.

If you have a son or daughter who could make a provincial Boland team, please start planning for tournament fees of R7 500.00-R9 500.00. This number could increase or decrease depending on whether kit is needed, and if it is an IPT or Regional tournament etc. Sponsorship letters are available from Boland Hockey once a player is selected and requires financial support. These can be used to contact companies and individuals for aid.

Boland is NOT in the position to sponsor or carry players. If any parent or businesses’ are able to assist in sponsoring players, please make contact with bolandhockeyfinance@gmail.com.

Primary Schools

  • Primary School trials (PS)

The first round of trials takes place within each region (4), Worcester, Overberg, Paarl and West Coast.

The second round sees players selected from the Worcester and Overberg regions, come together as well as players selected from Paarl and West Coast trials. 20 players are each selected at this round. Thus, a total of 40.

These 40 players go through to IPT trials in Paarl. Final goalie trials will also take place.

From the remaining 40 players, the two regional teams, Shiraz and Barlinka will be selected.

  • Shiraz-North Boland
    • Worcester region: Worcester, Ceres, Robertson
    • Overberg region: Hermanus, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Swellendam
  • Barlinka-Central Boland
    • West Coast region: Langebaan, Vredenburg, Moorreesburg, Malmesbury, Wellington
    • Central region: Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch