FHBC High Performance program is nationally renowned and arguably the most progressive program in Canada. We have a rich tradition of excellence, sending our players to compete for Canada’s National Teams. Currently 70% of the women’s and men’s national team athletes were developed in British Columbia.
The general aim of our High Performance Program is to provide high calibre performance training and competition opportunities to athletes with provincial and national level aspirations. We are committed to implementing a quality-training environment, which fosters excellence, growth, education and support for all participants.
FHBC’s High Performance Program Core Initiatives:
- Athlete Talent Identification
- Performance Training
- Athlete Services
- National Team Integration And Cooperation
- Long Term Athlete Development Integration
Programs and Services Provided:
The High Performance Program has three tiers:
High Performance Development Stream (October-May)
Provincial Excellence Stream (May-August)
Elite Stream (Year round, concentrated in September-March)
High Performance Stream (October-May)
The High Performance Stream comprises the Junior Zone and Regional High Performance Programs for women. The aim of this program is to ensure that high performance athletes are able to train in their own region, with certified coaches, throughout the year. The development training creates the foundation for the provincial excellence program.
Zone and Regional Program Focus:
Tactical Strategies and Game Context Drills
Possible selection to High Performance Tournament
Possible selection to Provincial Representative Teams
Provincial Excellence Stream (May-August)
The Provincial team program is targeted at BC’s best athletes. Through focused and periodized training, BC athletes are provided the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s best field hockey coaches in an inspiring and competitive environment. Teams prepare for domestic competitions such as BC, Western, and Canada Summer Games, Field Hockey Canada’s National Championships and BC’s Invitational Tournaments, as well as international competitions such as CAN/AM Challenge, and International Tours.
BC’s consistent success over the past few decades can be attributed to our pursuit of excellence and our athlete-centered performance model. Provincial teams commence training the first weekend of June, unless they are preparing for a Multi-sport games (ie. Canada Summer and Western Canada Summer Games).
Elite Stream (Year round)
The Elite stream’s aim is to develop junior athletes on an annual basis. The men’s program started in 2005, and the women’s program in 2007. The elite program is a high level opportunity providing consistent, competitive training preparing athletes for junior and senior national team opportunities.
Elite Stream Core Aims:
Annual periodized training
Strength and conditioning Program
Targeted performance athletes
Summer tournaments (National Championships, Invitational)
FHBC’s High Performance Development Program
Athlete Support Services
Recently, FHBC has integrated Sport Science Curricula into their High Performance Program. For more information, please see Athlete Resources.
The High Performance (HP) Program Director (Dallas Plensky) plans, designs, implements and monitors all High Performance Programs for men and women in BC. In cooperation with Volunteers, Zone Representatives, Club Administrators, Regional and Provincial Coaches, the Director is responsible for more athletes achieving excellence and the best possible coaches for all players. Central to the HP Director’s role is the administration, coordination and logistics for all three High Performance streams. Annually, the director develops and delivers programming, clothing and equipment for over 500 BC athletes, including up to 22 provincial teams.
The FHBC High Performance Director works with two governing committees who make decisions regarding programming, policy and competition:
The HP Program Director works closely with the Provincial Development Coach (Robin D’Abreo) to integrate Long-Term Athlete Development principles into tactics, skills training and periodized programs for athletes at all ages. The High Performance Team also ensures the best possible coaches are placed with the appropriate athlete ages and developmental levels.
Also central to the HP Director’s role is the consideration of athlete eligibility, selection processes and policies, and elite identification. If you have any questions regarding athlete pathways, trial and selection protocol, or programs, please contact email@example.com.
High Performance Guiding Principles
Long-term development planning and athlete pathways
Strong technical foundation
Performance services to our best athletes
High performance tour opportunities for targeted age groups
Coach development and certification
Sound technical coaches with our youngest age-groups (U14)
Prioritized coaching and resources at the U14/U16 levels
Performance skills to our best coaches