Junior National Club Championships
There are underwater hockey clubs from Plymouth to the Orkney Islands open to junior players. Some clubs take new members from eight years old. The most important thing is* that they should be able to swim a reasonable distance and be comfortable in the water whilst learning to play Underwater Hockey. It can take some time to learn the skills necessary to play effectively, or to become confident enough to play in matches, competitions and tournaments, but meanwhile it is always possible to have fun and play in the games.
Most clubs offer free trial sessions. Check out the Find-A-Club section to locate your nearest club or contact the Sport Development Officer.
Each team (or club) plays regularly and new players are always encouraged to take part in the games that are played at these sessions. Even with very few skills, new players can be seen to take part and get engrossed in the game.
The BOA is in the process of trialling bronze, silver and gold awards which are primarily aimed at junior players. It is hoped that they will align with Duke of Edinburgh Awards and those of other governing bodies. There is also to be a preparatory course which will introduce new players to the game and some of the skills required to play. The training delivered at the BOA clubs during one of these courses is aimed at getting the players to recognised standards. The courses will be delivered by BOA trained coaches. For details of coaching courses please refer to the coaching pages.
Once the basic skills of playing have been acquired, players are encouraged to play in matches against other clubs. Games against other local teams can be arranged, as can mini-tournaments where pool time allows.
The BOA holds an annual National tournament for Juniors which is split into two categories, Under-13’s and Under-16’s. Other competitions are held by local clubs and are open to teams from BOA clubs all over the UK to enter.
By teenage years most junior players are capable of playing successfully with (and against) adults, as size, age and sex make little difference to the teamwork element which becomes most important.
There are at least 18 University teams around the country and the University Championships are held each year during the winter season. Junior players who have played before going to university, have a terrific advantage over those that have not played before.
If you are organiser of a BOA Junior Team you may like to visit : - Junior Underwater Hockey Resources page which will require you to be logged in with your membership logon.
Updated by Andrew Stillwell on 23/07/11