The Canterbury Hockey Association (CHA) delivers a highly successful representative program at Junior/Primary levels (Year 8 & lower at Primary or Intermediate School). This success can be measured both in terms of the results achieved on an annual basis by Canterbury representative teams at this level, but also by the number of players that have commenced the representative pathway at this level and gone on to higher honours, both for Canterbury and New Zealand.
Each year the process of identifying potential representative players at primary level begins from the start of the local season, with the various teams selected commencing their training during Term 3 of the school year before attending various National and South Island tournaments in the September/October school holidays.
Player eligibility stipulates a player must still be at primary school (including intermediate school) in the year of representation and may turn 13 (or younger in the year of the tournament). For the sake of clarity, anyone who turns 14 in the year of the tournament is not permitted to play at this level.
Any queries regarding the Primary representative teams shoulds be directed by email to Glenn Hayde, CHA Representative Co-ordinator:
Coaches for the A & B teams are appointed early in the season to enable the selectors plenty of opportunity to watch Saturday competition games and look for emerging talent.
As positions become available each year, the various position descriptions and application forms for all representative teams will be available for you to view and download from the Canterbury Representative/Overview webpage. If you are someone who may be interested in coaching or managing a representative team in the future, please contact Glenn Hayde, CHA Representative Co-ordinator:
Phone: (03) 360 3013
Trial, Selection Processes & Selection Outline Information
Information regarding the trial and selection process (including a basic selection outline) for each of the Canterbury Primary Boys' representative teams is available for you to view, by clicking on the link below:
Trial, Selection Process & Selection Outline
Participation in a representative programme is a big commitment for players and parents both in time committment and financial costs. In addition to the tournament schedule, representative teams usually have two practices per week in the weeks leading up to tournament. More information about costs involved can be found on the Canterbury Representative/Overview page. If you are invited to trials please consider carefully whether you can commit to the entire programme before you accept the invitation and attend trials. If you are not able to commit then you should not attend trials.
Any queries should be directed to the Junior Management Committee:
2014 Canterbury Primary Boys' Representative Team Information
2014 National Hatch Cup Primary Tournament Details
The Canterbury Primary A Boys' team will compete at the National Primary Boys' Hatch Cup Tournament in Palmerston North, from October 6-11 (inclusive).
Other tournaments attended by Canterbury Representative teams in 2014 will be:
McGrath Tournament - Rotorua
Festival of Hockey - Westport
Preparation matches for each team will also be arranged as the representative season gets underway. Dates and locations for each will be available once these have been confirmed with the other provinces.
2014 Canterbury Primary Boys Development Team information
The primary representative Development Programme for boys and girls is a very critical part of the Canterbury Hockey Association Representative Programme. The Primary Development Team has full representative status and the Primary Development Training Squad team is about providing players the opportunity to have their first experience of representative hockey in a low key environment as they move up the Canterbury Hockey Representaitive pathway.
The Primary Development team will normally attend the South Island Festival of Hockey but has also attended the Bay of Plenty McGrath Tournament. The Primary Development Training Squad team does not always attend the Festival of Hockey but has in the past few years.
The Primary Representative Development team has a strict selection criteria where only Year 6 and Year 7 players are eligible and is usually a mix of half year 6s but this often varies from year to year. The Primary Development Training Squad Team must be in Year 6 to be eligible.
Dates: 29th September - 1st October
South Island Festival of Hockey:
Dates: 8th-11th October
2014 Preparation Tournaments
Christchurch Preparation Tournament
Venue: Nunweek Park & Marist Park
Dates: 20th & 21st of September
Timaru Preparation Tournament
Date: 6th/7th or 13th/14th September
Venue: Nunweek Park
Date: Thursdays 4pm-5pm
Dates: 26th & 27th July