TEAM ALBERTA FEMALE
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 the 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 Winter Games: The first step towards the goal of playing with Team Alberta is the Alberta Winter Games Program, held in February of even-numbered years. Athletes are chosen from each of the eight Alberta Winter Games Zones to compete in the Games. Player eligibility is determined by year of birth. Zone camps (tryouts) are held in December prior to the Games.
Alberta Challenge: The Alberta Challenge allows for athlete evaluation and development in non-Alberta Winter Games years through zone 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. Selection camps are held in April prior to the Challenge, which usually occurs in late April or early May.
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 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.
Spring Selection Camp: The camp is held in May of each year. Players are invited to the camp based on the previous year’s U16 program evaluation results as well as scouting of players through their Midget club teams. Each camp is an intensive four-day test of fitness, skill and mental preparedness.
Summer Selection Camp: From the Spring Selection Camp, 46 athletes are invited to attend the weeklong Team Alberta Program U18 Provincial Summer Selection Camp in July. Players participate in high intensity on and off-ice training as well as classroom sessions and fitness testing.
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 some exhibition games. From here, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster.
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 Red Deer in 2019.