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. Athletes learn what is required of them physically and mentally to progress into the Team Alberta U18 Program.
Alberta Challenge: The Alberta Challenge is held on opposite years (odd-numbered years) of the Alberta Winter Games. It allows for athlete 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. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. Bantam-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.
Alberta Winter Games: The Alberta Winter Games are held on opposite years (even-numbered years) of the Alberta Challenge. It allows for athlete 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. Athletes will be selected from regional selection camps with three teams representing each region. Bantam-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 will be held in Airdrie from February 14-17.
Team Alberta U16 Camp: The U16 female provincial 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.
The 2020 U16 Development Camp will be held from July 16-19 in Red Deer.
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. For the 2020 National Championship, The U18 Team Selection Process will be as follows:
Summer Development Camp: The Team Alberta U18 Female Selection Process will begin at the U18 Summer Development Camp. Players are invited to the camp based on previous Team Alberta programs, as well as scouting of players through their Midget club teams. Athletes will only be evaluated at Hockey Alberta sanctioned games and/or events and will be notified on or before May 15, 2020. Only players selected will be notified.
Final Selection: After the provincial camp, a shortlist of players are identified to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. The fall camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and exhibition games. Following the conclusion of the camp, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster to compete at the U18 National Championship.
Fall Selection Camp runs September 2020.
Team Alberta: Team Alberta will compete at either the National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championship or the Canada Winter Games. The National Women’s Under-18 Championship includes a combination of provincial and regional teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario Red and Blue, Quebec and Team Atlantic. That event is usually held in November of non-Canada Winter Games years. Canada Winter Games are held every four years, with the next Games set for PEI in 2023.
The 2020 U18 Nationals run November 1-7, 2019 in Dawson Creek, BC.