October 28, 2017

The first event in the U11 Conference Series starts this coming Saturday, 4th November, at Dumfries Ice Bowl as the five Conference sides will take to the ice for a full day tournament.

As part of the JLMC Stage 1+ Development programme, the U11 series has been designed by EIHA and SIH to focus on long term athlete development and will allow the younger talented athletes to work together over the course of the season rather than just meeting once a year in May.

The U11 Conference Series will be played in a round robin format to provide a highly competitive environment. Teams will play each other once with the usual two points for win, one for a draw to establish league position.

Games will be in the same format used at Conference Weekend, with three periods of 15 minutes – two periods running clock and the third stop-clock. The schedule will see all teams playing four games.

During these games the Conference Coaching Staff will be ranking players against a set criteria and this data will become a valuable resource as it will be used in the preparation of the selection for the next element of the process, which is the Power of 10
Development Days (PO10).

The schedule for this first Conference Series is as follows:

Game 1 – 0645 – Scotland v South East
Game 2 – 0750 – North v Midlands
Game 3 – 0905 – South West v South East
Game 4 – 1010 – Scotland v Midlands
Game 5 – 1125 – North v South West
Game 6 – 1230 – Midlands v South East
Game 7 – 1345 – Scotland v South West
Game 8 – 1450 – North v South East
Game 9 – 1605 – Midlands v South West
Game 10 – 1710 – Scotland v North

Admission to the Dumfries u11 Conference Series is free for spectators.

Further u11 Conference Series events will be held in January and March 2018, with the full Conference Tournament in May as usual.

The u11 series will be assessed in May 2018 with a view to possible roll out at u13 and u15 for the following season.