Nominations for 2019 U13 Elite Skill Development Day OPEN – Register today!

May 13, 2019


You need to attend a Hockey Victoria Elite Skill Development Day (if you weren’t a member of the 2018 U13 State Team or part of the 2019 Hockey Vic Academy Program)


Are you nominating for a Hockey Victoria U13 State Team?

If so, you need to be assessed by our Athlete Identification Officers (AIOs) prior to the naming on the Final Player Assessment Lists. The Elite Skill Development days provide you with an opportunity to be assessed by our AIOs who will be in attendance at these days to conduct assessments. Please ensure that you nominate for the relevant State Team before attending these days in order to be assessed. N.B. U13 State Team Nominations open in July – so register today for the ESDD now as places fill up fast.


Use this link for U13 Elite Skill Development Day

Do you want some additional skill development?

You don’t have to be wanting to nominate for a State Team in order to participate in the Elite Skill Development Days.

These sessions provide you with an opportunity to refine your existing skills, as well as learn some new and exciting ones. You also get the opportunity to train with players of a similar age and ability from a range of clubs throughout Victoria.

Which age group do I belong to? 

Whether you are in the U13, U15 or U18 age group, you must be of the age or below on December 31st of the year of the national tournament to be eligible to compete.


Upcoming Tournaments

U13 National Tournament, 2nd – 8th October 2019

Check your age here to see which age group you fall in – AGE CALCULATOR


Hockey Victoria will be running Elite Skill Development Days throughout the year.

The U13 ESDD 2019 will be held on August 11th and will run from 8:00 – 12:00pm (Sign in from 7:45am) .

Location: TBC.


This Elite Skill Development Day is targeted towards those players who have played at zone level or higher. If you are unsure if these days are suitable for you/your child please contact Phil Burrows ( for guidance. Players will be placed into groups of approximately 11, based on their age and ability.

All groups will be coached by State and Victoria Institute of Sport players and coaches, many of whom are Hockey Victoria Academy coaches. All groups will complete a range of drills and modified games, then there will be the chance to practice the skills in match play at the end of each day.


Program 1
Pushing & receiving
Goal shooting (forehand & backhand)
Tackling & Channeling
Elimination skills
Situational Awareness
Modified games
Full field match play


What to bring to an Elite Skill Development Day

Participants are asked to bring morning tea, a drink bottle, a hat, sunscreen, and of course their hockey equipment to these days.

The cost for the day is $80 which is paid when you register. Please register early as there are limited positions available.


Please email Phil Burrows ( if you have any questions.


Or you can contact Hockey Geelong Junior Sharks Coordinator Pam Sutton on 0412 914 586 and have a chat. 😊