Training and Playing Up Policy
player may be invited to train on a routine basis with an older age group as
well as with his or her own age group.
The opportunities for training-up with the older age group will be
identified by the coach of that age group. They will depend on the needs of that
age group for both the current season and the next, and may be different for
forwards, defencemen and netminders. Opportunities for training-up will normally
increase as the season progresses, in preparation for the following season.
The coach of the older age group will discuss and agree the selection of
players with the coach of the younger age group and the Head Coach of the Club.
selection of a player to train-up will be made on the basis of skills, physical
and mental maturity, and commitment.
The player’s primary commitment will remain to his own age group in
almost all cases.
Any training or game opportunities offered by the older age group should
be considered as an additional privilege. Exceptions to this rule will be
allowed only in special circumstances.
The player should not attend any late-night or Sunday training session
with the older age group that might significantly lower his or her performance
in a later match with the primary age group.
Managers should be consulted in case of doubt. [This also applies to conference and
The offer to train-up will not necessarily apply for the whole year. It
will apply only while the opportunity realistically exists and the player’s
commitment and progress are sustained.
Failure to maintain the required skills or commitment to either the
player’s primary age group or to the higher age group will result in the
privilege to train-up being withdrawn.
In the case of junior female players who have the additional possibility
of training and playing with the Ladies, managers will liaise among themselves
and with coaches, and agree from time to time the order of training and playing
There will be occasions when several players from one age group are
invited to join a training session of an older group which otherwise would be
poorly attended. This should not be
confused with an offer to train-up regularly at future sessions. Managers should
be consulted in case of doubt.