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. Historically, 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.

Under 18 Pathway

So, what does this mean for the Midlands?

The Midlands has been combined with the areas around Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (with a JRPC based in Oxford) to estbalish the Mercia Lynx region within the Country.

Each year, players will be nominated from the Midlands JACs to attend one of either the Birmingham Lynx Centre or the Nottingham Lynx Centre to train and ultimately compete in a triangular set of matches to assess for either the Mercia High Performance Centre (Hi-Pac) or one of the two Mercia Lynx Futures Cup squads (U16 and U18). The Performance Group will allocate the recommended players to JRPCs by their postcode.

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