Club Championship and Festival Program

As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, Field Hockey BC continues to monitor the potential impact to our team sport environment. Given the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, Field Hockey BC postponed the 2020 Club Championships until further notice. Registration for the Championship and Festival have also been postponed.


Field Hockey BC, in partnership with host clubs, delivers Championship events for U18, U16, and U14 players, and Festival events for U12 boys and girls. These events take place across British Columbia towards the end of each season. For event details, see the links below:

U12 Festivals

U14 Club Championships

U16 Club Championships

U18 Club Championships

Previous Editions

Club Championship Hosting Guidelines

FHBC is responsible for the following support to the Club Championship and Festival Program:
  • Booking of artificial turf facilities
  • Allocation of Club Hosts
  • Coordination of advance Club reservations
  • Coordination of the Team Registration process
  • Coordination of a “Call to Officials”
  • Appointment, scheduling, and payment of medical personnel
  • Production of the event’s match schedule
  • Production of the event’s official schedule
  • Production of the event’s hosting manual
  • Logistical delivery of event equipment (tents, tables, chairs, medical, banners etc)
  • Payment of officials
  • Payment of facilities
  • Organisation of medals (for Championship play) and gifts (for Festival play)
  • Provision of officials’ clothing (as required)
  • Production of event Informational Program
FHBC relies on the support of community clubs for each event. During the Club Championships and U12 Festivals, the hosting club is responsible for:
  • Match timing and score keeping
  • Officials coordination
  • Team coordination
  • Presentations
  • Submission of results

Guideline – How to Host Club Championships 

For questions regarding this process, or Club Championships in general, please contact

Club Championships/Festival Event Structure


The Club Championship and Festival Program has evolved to align with the stages of athlete development within the Canadian Long-Term Field Hockey Development Strategy (LTFHD). This Program follows the evolution of the Field Hockey BC Athlete Development Program, a program that transitioned to align to the stages of athlete development within LTFHD in 2011.

In order to facilitate the necessary transitional change for this event based program, Field Hockey BC presented a proposal for program change, in both format and classification, to both the Victoria and Vancouver Junior Leagues (December 2012 and January 2013 respectively). The purpose was to serve advance notice as to the intent to evolve and align the program strategically to LTFHD, as well as, to discuss the implications for Junior League play across BC and encourage Leagues to consider change over time, especially where it may be deemed necessary or advantageous.

What is LTFHD strategy?

The LTFHD strategy is a National strategic commitment to align field hockey player, coach, official, and event development to the stages of learning within the Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). The LTAD model has been a leading influence in the Canadian Sport System for the past eight years, and the model is used as a strategic frame of reference when considering the sport specific needs of field hockey. The LTAD model is designed around the stages of learning necessary for effective athlete development and LTFHD simply refers to sport specific field hockey (FH) needs rather than the generic developmental needs of an Athlete (as referenced in LTAD). More information as to the Long-Term Athlete Development Model is readily available in the resource section of the Canadian Sport for Life website

What was proposed?

Each Championship or Festival is designated by stage of learning – ‘Learn to Train’ (Under 13), ‘Train to Train’ (Under 15), and ‘Train to Compete’ (Under 18). Playing environments for U13 events are Festivals, while formats for U15 and U18 events are Championship events. Each event will incorporate divisional play (Divisions) which are designed to assist teams to enter each event at an appropriate level of play.

How does this relate to League Play?

The proposed change targets the Club Championship and Festival Program ONLY. Field Hockey BC has encouraged Leagues to look at and anticipate change over time (hence the notice of intent to change 18 months in advance), but the Society has not asked for it. Clubs and teams wishing to enter the Club Championship and Festival Program will be required to consider their respective player rosters by the designated stage of learning.

LTFHD and how it relates to cultural change for field hockey development – Age versus Ability

For LTFHD strategy to be realized, the Canadian field hockey system will evolve from an age based system to an ability based system and over time coaches will be empowered to make educated decisions as to where best to place their athletes in both a training and competitive environment. In order for an ability based system to become a reality it will require transitional change over time.

Examples of this transitional change were implemented in 2011 when Field Hockey BC evolved its developmental (Elementary Schools Program and Learn to Train Program) and performance programming (Train to Train and Train to Compete Programs), to align with Long-Term Field Hockey Development Strategy (LTFHD), and in 2016 the new National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) pathway was aligned to LTFHD and approved by the Canadian Coaches Association (CAC) and Field Hockey Canada. This NCCP alignment not only considers the key technical and tactical elements of our sport but relates these to LTFHD stages of learning and to the most appropriate playing and competitive environment (game playing format).

We have now seen the Club Championship and Festival Program follow the same path, noting that whilst an ability based system is the goal, transition will still require an age based reference which is why age is likely to continue to be a significant filter.

Most significant change since 2013 – ‘Hockey 5s’ at the ‘Learn to Train’ (U13) Festivals

Field Hockey BC believes a significant change to the 2014 Club Championship and Festival program was the introduction of Hockey 5s at the U13 Festival events as this format of mini-game is seen as the most appropriate developmental structure for field hockey at this stage of learning.