About the Single System

Hockey’s Single System is the development pathway (see diagram below) for players, coaches and officials of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. It is based on a set of principles that puts the participant at the centre and is based on scientific research that has been widely accepted by the majority of other major sports within England.

Why does hockey need a Single System?

Hockey in England has evolved over many years and has many historical boundaries, systems and competitions that make the hockey landscape a complicated one. Currently, the pathway varies enormously, not only between boys and girls, but also from region to region and county to county. For example, a fourteen year old living in Exeter would have a different experience moving through the pathway to a similar player living in Hull. The purpose of the Single System is to make opportunities for participants fair, equitable. and consistent. It is to ensure that a suitable level of coaching and competition is offered for people at the appropriate stage of their development and to maximise the chance they have of fulfilling their potential whether that potential is as a club or international player, coach or official.

One of the the key things to note about the Single System, is that due to the Central Calendar that has been created, there should no longer be the clash between club, school and County training and matches, and hence players will not be taken away from playing for their school or club, but will in fact be receiving additional coaching and matches at the right level to stretch them but not overwhelm them.

The Single System - Progress

After extensive consultation over a two year period, the Board approved the implementation plan of the Single System in July 2006. Since then the Development and Performance staff have been working together with Regional & County Associations, and other partners to roll out the different elements of the Single System framework and an update on progress against each element is given below.

Under 18 Pathway

Over 18 Pathway

So, what does this mean for Staffordshire?

In terms of time-scales, the JDCs run September - December, with the JAC activity taking place January - April. Your club or school should have recommended you in time for you to attend the first few sessions in September, so if you have not heard anything, then get in touch with your club or school coaches, or contact the county via the methods identified above.

If you would like more information about the Single System in general, there are plenty of resources available on the England Hockey website.

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