When: Saturday, 19 Oct –30 Nov 2019 (Excludes Melbourne Cup Weekend, Saturday 2nd November)
Where: Ballarat Hockey Centre; 59-77 Gillies St North, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350
Cost: Pilot program price of $40 which includes the 6 week program, a hockey stick, hockey ball, shin guards and J-Ball hat!
Hockey Victoria is committed to extending our Access All Ability programs for people with a disability with the introduction of our AAA Hockey pathway in Ballarat. This pathway aims to provide more opportunities for people with disability to participate in hockey at a level that meets their needs and abilities.
AAA Hookin2Hockey is equivalent to Hockey Australia’s national introductory Hockey program, Hookin2Hockey, but delivered with a larger coach to participant ratio and provides a sensory area for participants to deregulate and join back in as they wish. It is designed to cater for participants aged 5-18 with disability and/or special needs.
In August 2019, Hockey Victoria in partnership with Hockey Ballarat, AAA Sport Ballarat and Sports Central delivered a pilot AAA Hookin2Hockey program on a Saturday morning alongside the u10 local competition. The program was well received with 9 participants completing the 6 weeks program and taking part in the mini graduation ceremony on the 31st August.
The program was not only beneficial to all 9 participants but also for the 13 volunteer coaches who’s passion, confidence and knowledge grew each week. The average age of the coaches was 15 years old. It was fantastic to see the local Hockey community embrace All Ability Hockey with open arms!
All feedback post the program has been very positive with parents asking what is next?
The next program on the pathway for AAA Hockey is…. J-Ball 3’s for All Abilities.
What is J-Ball 3’s for All Abilities?
J-Ball 3s for All Abilities is a new program designed as a natural progression from AAA Hookin2Hockey and will support participants to develop their fundamental skills and understanding of the game through game-based learning.
Each week's sessions are run in two parts; a skills component, followed by 3v3 gameplay. The games are played on small boarded pitches, which enables the participants to be engaged in the play and touch the ball more frequently while learning the game of hockey.
Who is J-Ball 3s for all abilities for?
J-Ball 3’s for All Abilities is designed for any child (5-18 years old) who has completed AAA Hookin2Hockey and/or completely new to the sport of Hockey and wanting to engage in game-based learning in a supportive, and welcoming environment.
The pilot will feature high coach to participant ratios as well as a sensory area inside the clubrooms if participants need a break. The sensory area is designed to help participants deregulate and return to the session as they wish.