Junior Hockey
Yarra Valley Hockey Club

Hockey is a fun and exciting sport for all ages, and Yarra Valley Hockey Club's Junior program caters to all ages and skill levels. We offer junior hockey programs from young beginners all the way through to U18 age groups.

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We warmly welcome new players to the Yarra Valley Hockey Club. Our community-minded club aims to support the development of players at all levels, through the individual attention of our dedicated coaches and the support of our extensive coaching networks.

Hockey Victoria oversees junior hockey in Victoria. The structure of individual competitions does change from time to time. As such, the following information may change each season.

The club has a strong network of volunteers who support the club in its sporting, social and logistic endeavours. New club members and parents are strongly encouraged to become involved by volunteering in some capacity. There are many jobs to be done.

Yarra Valley Hockey have a number of policies relating to our Junior Hockey program.

YVHC is passionate about developing coaches for the future and providing another avenue for our members to enjoy the game. We actively encourage our junior players to participate in our many different coaching opportunities across the club from:

  • Assistant coaches
  • Hook into Hockey (U10)
  • Winter Season Coaches (U10 -U18)
  • Indoor Season Coaches (U14 – U18)
  • Summer Sixes ( Mixed ages 10 – 16)
  • Hockey clinics at schools ( Grade 5 to Year 8)

Coaching Academies

Through the year, the Club provides our junior coaches with training, combining both practical and theoretical training on what is required to be a successful coach.

The training is aimed at players aged between 12 and 18 that have little to no coaching experience but have played hockey for more than 2 years. The programs are structured to provide hands on experience in a supportive environment. The participants will perform the role of assistant coach and rotate across different teams and age groups gaining exposure and learning from our more experienced coaches.

Our participants will learn how to:

  • Implement the YVHC Coaching Principles
  • Run drills and training sessions
  • Design and prepare training sessions
  • Provide technical feedback to players
  • Engage and build rapport with the players to create a fun and engaging environment

We also support our coaches with online resources, access to hockey training resources, planned training drills and training programs and support through buddies and mentors, support to gain coaching accreditation and exposure to our experienced and technically trained coaches.

If you are interested in becoming a junior coach, then please complete the Coaching Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page and a representative from the Junior committee will make contact with you soon.

YVHC Coaching Philosophy

We believe people play and coach Hockey because they love the game and being part of a supportive team environment. Hockey at YVHC facilitates this enjoyment and encourages all members to share knowledge, improve and achieve their goals.

At YVHC we create a learning environment where all participants have a great experience by:

  • Building strong, honest and respectful relationships across the group. All participants feel safe, supported, and encouraged to learn, make mistakes, and strive to be their best.
  • Providing an appropriately challenging, flexible, and competitive environment through an engaging, interactive approach.
  • Providing planned activities with clear learning outcomes, communicating effectively, continually improving and sharing our knowledge and experience with all.

The Club maintains an archive of all current and past Junior newsletters.

Junior umpiring is a great way to earn extra money and learn more about hockey.

Hookin2Hockey is the national junior development program designed by Hockey Australia.

Hookin2Hockey is designed for boys and girls aged 12 and under, but the skills can be modified to suit players of any age.

Summer Sixers is a fun 6-a-side competition for Junior and Senior players. It is typically held at Yarra Valley Hockey Club during Term 4 after the winter season has completed.

Indoor hockey is a fast and skilful game – great fun and a great way to keep fit and develop stick skills.

The indoor hockey season runs from mid-October to mid-December.

The JSC is an annual outdoor competition, comprising regional boys and girls teams from across the state of Victoria in four age groups (U12, U14, U16 and U18). It is usually held over one week during the mid-year school holidays.

YVHC is part of the so-called North West Metro Tigers (Tigers) metropolitan team. The Tigers typically select separate boys and girls teams in each age group (U12, U14, U16 and U18) from a number of clubs, including: Yarra Valley, Brunswick, Essendon, Latrobe Uni, Melton, and PEGS. Following selection trials, the Tigers usually compete against five other metro teams and four country/regional teams in a round-robin-style competition with finals.