Team Alberta Female Program
The Female Development program strives to create an environment where players, coaches, trainers and administrators can compete with their peers and approach levels of commitment and excellence that each has the potential to achieve. Players are prepared with the knowledge and skills to progress to the next level.
The Team Alberta U16 path is an important stepping stone toward Team Alberta U18, which competes at the National Women’s Hockey Championship or Canada Winter Games. Players learn what is required of them physically and mentally to progress into the Team Alberta U18 Program.
The Alberta Challenge is held on opposite years (odd-numbered years) of the Alberta Winter Games. It allows for players evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Players will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15 aged players (2006 & 2007-born) will be eligible for the 2021 Alberta Challenge. Regional camps are open tryouts and are held in April prior to the Challenge, which occurs in May.
The Alberta Winter Games are held on opposite years (even-numbered years) of the Alberta Challenge. It allows for player evaluation and development through regional selection camps and a six-team tournament format. Coaches, trainers and director of operations also are evaluated to continue in the U16 and U18 development path. Players will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. U15 aged players (2005 & 2006-born) who are registered with Hockey Alberta are eligible for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. Regional camps are open tryouts.
The 2020 Alberta Winter Games were held in Airdrie from February 14-17.
The U16 Female Summer Development Camp is the second stage of the development and identification process that feeds Team Alberta U18. Participants are selected based on their performance at the Alberta Challenge or Alberta Winter Games. The camp includes on and off-ice training and classroom sessions.
Due to COVID-19, the Team Alberta U16 Summer Development Camp has been cancelled.
The Team Alberta U18 program is the final stage of identification and evaluation towards Team Alberta and one of the stages of identification for Canada’s national programs. Through on and off-ice evaluation, the high performance U18 program works towards the final goal of taking Team Alberta to the National Women’s U18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Team Alberta U18 Female Development and Selection process has been postponed. Please view the FAQ below for more information.
Why did Hockey Alberta revise its 2020 High Performance Camps?
The prime concern for Hockey Alberta is player safety. With arenas closed across the province, athletes have not been able to train on ice for several months. We do not want to risk injury to any athlete by returning too quickly. We want to ensure that our athletes have the ability to return to the ice prior to our camps and that each athlete has the best chance for success at these camps.
Do you have tentative dates for rescheduled camps?
No, these camps are postponed until further notice. Without a clear timeline on returning to the rinks, we do not feel comfortable scheduling tentative camps at this point in time. We want to ensure that we are following the guidelines from the Provincial Government as well as Hockey Canada’s Return to Hockey framework on when it is safe to return to hockey. We will work to ensure that all athletes across the province will be able to access on ice training and arena facilities prior to attending a Team Alberta High Performance Camp.
What is the process that will be used for camp invitations?
Hockey Alberta is not extending any camp invitations to athletes at this time. Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and the other Member Branches are reviewing the situation and its potential impact to previously scheduled Regional/National competitions. As more information becomes available, we will work with our Member Associations, Leagues and Club Teams to ensure Team Alberta camps will not conflict with team schedules so athletes are able to participate. Once dates are set, Hockey Alberta will solicit input from coaches, scouts, and other personnel within our scouting network to determine a short list of players. Invitations will then be issued from the Hockey Alberta office.
Will the U18 Female and U16 Male High Performance Camps be the same structures as previous years?
No. Each camp will have a smaller number of teams and neither camp will have more than two teams per camp.
Will the WHL Cup and U18 Nationals be hosted in their original time frame?
Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and the other Member Branches are currently reviewing the situation. An update to this FAQ document will be provided once more information is provided. The 2020 U18 Nationals are scheduled for November 1-7 in Dawson Creek, BC.