The WAIS Menís Hockey Program caters for the development and support of WA athletes currently or identified as capable of progressing to the highest representative levels of their sport. The Program provides world-class coaching, training, facilities and support services to improve athlete competitive performance.
The Program consists of the athletes selected in the following categories:
WORLD CLASS ATHLETE
International competitor in an individual athlete event with a current world ranking of 1-8 OR a member of a national team which has a current world ranking of 1-4 and is considered capable of maintaining this level of performance.
INTERNATIONAL CLASS ATHLETE
International competitor in an individual athlete event OR a member of a national team at benchmark competitions and is considered capable of retaining or progressing their level of performance.
EMERGING INTERNATIONAL CLASS ATHLETE
Athlete with the capability to achieve at least international class athlete status within 1-3 years.
POTENTIAL INTERNATIONAL CLASS ATHLETE
Athlete with the capability to achieve at least international class athlete status within 3-7 years.
Athlete squad memberships will commence on 1st October concluding on the 30th September annually.
A Selection Panel consisting of the WAIS Coaching Group Manager: Invasion Sports (acting as Chairman), the WAIS Head Coach, National Coach(s), a nominee from the WA State Body and National League Coach (where applicable) will be formed. The panel will evaluate and rate current and proposed players against the WAIS Selection Criteria.
The WAIS Head Coach will then submit athlete names to the WAIS Coaching Group Manager: Invasion Sports for ratification. Once approved, these names will be forwarded to the WAIS Executive Director for endorsement. Membership to the Program is not confirmed until the athlete has completed all WAIS administrative requirements.
The Selection Panel assess athletes in seven separate categories: Physical, Tactical, Technical, Psychological, Behaviour, External and Competition and in the four separate Scholarship types: World Class, International Class, Emerging International and Potential International.
Each Scholarship type and relating category has attributes that measure and describe the abilities, capabilities and possibilites of a typical athlete within. Based on the Selection Panel discussons and recommendations the selected athletes will then be offered Scholarships within the different categories.
WAIS offers a range of services to athletes as prioritised on the basis of the athlete scholarship tier and needs identified by their coach. Services may include coaching, gym access, sports psychology, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition and career and education guidance.
In addition to these services WAIS may also offer direct financial support to offset competition travel expenses, coaching fees, venue access fees and medical costs. All services offered by WAIS are at the discretion of the relevant Coaching Group Manager.
Queries on Selection
Any queries on selection should be made directly to the Coaching Group Manager: Invasion Sports.
An athlete may request to end their scholarship at any time by informing the Coaching Group Manager: Invasion Sports in writing. WAIS can initiate termination of an athlete's scholarship after a formal review based on the athlete's current performances and level of commitment. The Hockey Men's Program is staffed within the Performance Enhancement Team - Invasion
Hockey (Men's) PET Staff:
- Director - Alan Black
- Head Coach - Chris O'Reilly
- Coaches -
- ACE - Angie Bain
- Biomechanics -Martin Binnie
- Physiology -
- Strength and Conditioning -
- Psychology - Shane Hanks,
- Medical - WAIS Medical
- Physiotherapy - Michael Wood
- Nutrition - Julie Meek