Junior Hockey

About Us

Our activities are driven by the EHB Single System strategy and we are proud of our Junior Development Centres (JDC) which run from May to October each year followed by our Junior Academy Centres (JAC) which run January-March and culminate in the matches as a part of the South Counties HA County Championships.

Our fundamental aim is to support and promote the development of hockey and hockey players across Oxfordshire.

We currently have specific short-term objectives to:

  • Consolidate England Hockey’s Single System into all our approaches to coaching and young player development through the delivery of high quality Junior Development and Junior Academy Programmes
  • Develop and support the standard of Coaching Resource across Oxfordshire
  • To create a sense of pride in being a part of Oxfordshire through high quality coaching, improved level of success on the field and better communications
  • To continue to build an effective and sustained Management Committee to develop and deliver future aims of England Hockey and Oxfordshire Hockey.

We are focused on developing a love of the game at junior level in the belief that interest and participation in whatever form with the game will remain throughout adult life.

How to get involved
OHA run a wide variety of opportunities for young players within Oxfordshire. Changes are likely to occur in the next couple of years as the Single System for hockey is implemented however there are currently the following opportunities organised by OHA:

  • County Mini Finals for U11 and U13
  • Development Leagues for U13 and U15
  • Schools cup competitions
  • Junior Development Centres (JDCs)
  • Junior Academy Centres (JACs)

Age group information for JDC / JAC / JRPC & NAGS Hockey
The JDC / JAC / JRPC & NAGS training and competitions are run based on the year of birth and NOT School year, so for the 2014 JACs the player’s age is taken on 1 January 2014.

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Birth Year,2014-15,2015-16,2016-17

Confused by the Single System?


What is a Junior Development Centre (JDC) and a Junior Academy Centre (JAC)?
JDCs and JACs are local training centres for the U13 to U17 age groups. JDCs are open to any hockey player who has been nominated by their club, school or coach, with JACs open to any player who has been nominated by a JDC coach.

After playing for a club or school, attending a JDC is the next step on hockey’s player pathway. The coach or teacher can nominate a player to attend an assessment for a JDC if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development.

After attending a JDC, a JAC is the next step on hockey’s player pathway. A JDC coach can nominate a player to attend an assessment for a JAC if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development. Players who have previously been involved in Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) Tier 2 activity may also attend JACs.

For more information on the Single System go to the England Hockey Website, where this picture and more is explained.

Single System Documents

Download the Single System – Player Pathway Selection Guidance.

Download the age qualification criteria from 2014 for the single system.

South JRPC Coach Application.doc