JHF Hockey 5s U17 Development Tournament today
The Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF) will be hosting its first Hockey 5s U-17 Development Tournament at the Mona Hockey Field starting at 8:30 a.m.
The objective of this tournament is to start the process of screening players for training for the Jamaica's Hockey 5's Youth Olympic team that will be participating in the pre-qualification tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March 2018. The Youth Olympics will then be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2018.
Hockey 5s were introduced in 2012 and focused primarily on a smaller game for Under-17 players and is the official field hockey game played at the Youth Olympics. Our vision is participation in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Therefore, our federation is now changing our paradigm to seriously invest in the development of the cadre of international quality youth talent that resides in our schools and across the island.
The game is a five on five (5 vs 5), including a goalkeeper with barriers around the field so that the ball does not go out off bounds unless over the barriers.