Entry to the Nationally run Schools Championships for 2021-22 season is now open. We are of course hoping that the championships can run again after the curtailing of some 2019-20 activity and all of this season’s competitions.
GIRLS’ AND NOTTS SPORTS BOYS U18 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Girls and Boys Under 18 Tier 1 Championships will run as a maximum of 4 parallel Premier Divisions with 8 teams in each. It is possible that the competition will run with a smaller number of teams. On completion of fixtures in the divisions, teams will be drawn to play quarter finals and semi-finals leading to the final.
The aim of the competition is to provide high level competition for schools’ specialising in hockey. To see details of last season’s entrants click here. Schools who enter the U18 T1 Championships are expected also to enter any U16 team in the relevant Tier 1 Championships too.
Teams will be drawn into Divisions, this will be done on a geographic basis. Once drawn, teams will need to arrange fixtures. Matches must be played midweek. Teams will not be expected to play matches outside of their term dates.
The competitions will start in September 2021. In the Boys’ competition teams will need to play a minimum of 3 league fixtures before Christmas, which will be drawn by England Hockey and 4 further fixtures after Christmas.
GIRLS AND NOTTS SPORT BOYS UNDER 18 TIER 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GIRLS AND NOTTS SPORT BOYS UNDER 16 TIER 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Girls and Boys Under 18 Tier 2 Championships and the Girls and Boys Under 16 Tier 1 Championships will run as knockout tournaments. Losers in Round 1 and Round 2 will play in the parallel Plate competition -at Under 18 level this is the Tier 3 Championships; for Under 16s this is Tier 2.
The draws for all Rounds up to the Quarter Final of the U16 T1 Championships and the Semi Finals of the U18 T2 T3 and U16 T2 Championships, will be made at the start of the competition so teams will know who they may face in latter rounds. Matches will be drawn within zones so that teams will play locally although as teams progress travel distances will increase. Matches must be played midweek by the relevant play by date. The actual number of rounds is dependent on the number of entries.
The Girls’ U18 T2 / U16 T1 Championships will start in September 2021 and the parallel Boys’ competitions in January 2022.
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Schools will not need to pay entry fees until September 2021 in case there are barriers to running the Championships then.
For more details please download the Information Sheet.
In 2016 and 2017 England Hockey consulted with clubs and schools about its annual programme of competitions.
One of the key messages we heard the most was the need to provide appropriate competition depending on a team’s ability. This is particularly relevant to our schools competitions where up until 2018/19 all schools entered the same level of competition, whatever their level of hockey activity or ability.
England Hockey had successfully introduced tiered Championships for clubs – adults, masters and juniors - in the 2017/18 season. In 2018/19 we introduced tiered Schools Championships.
These Championships provide different levels of competitive opportunities for schools. England Hockey will provide guidance on which Tier may suit which level of school team, however this can only be guidance, and within any Tier there may still be teams of variable experience and ability.
The competitions offer includes ones based on the traditional County competitions, leading to Regional and National finals, knockout competitions and, at U18 level, a two term league for high performing schools specialising in hockey.
We have categorised schools as follows:
Please note: All competitions are 11-a-side unless shown.