NURTURING TODAY’S STUDENT ATHLETE FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD
Our aim is to enable student athletes to develop their character and individual potential through exposure to academic studies and hockey development.
Our primary goal is for these athletes to acquire the knowledge, experience, skills and attitudes necessary to become well-adjusted and self-confident students who are readily prepared to succeed in their future academic, hockey, social and life challenges.
The Pacific Coast Hockey Academy staff believes that each child’s unique potential must be challenged and developed. As PCHA is first and foremost a sport school, a commitment to traditional sporting values is the foundation of all learning and teaching.
In educating these students we strive to provide an environment that will:
- Foster each child’s emotional well-being. The staff will promote positive self-concept, pride in accomplishment, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
- Foster each child’s social well-being. The staff will promote respect for self and others with whom the kids will work, play and live with.
- Foster each student’s intellectual development.
- Foster and develop each player’s skill set and help them reach their potential in hockey.
Upon leaving PCHA, these elite student athletes will have developed a sense of social responsibility and a respect for one another and their individual rights.They will possess an improved hockey skill set and understand the value in being a team player as well as accepting their unique role and contribution as an individual within the team dynamic.
The Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (PCHA) located in beautiful Victoria BC, is an officially sanctioned Hockey Canada Sport School, and is the first of its kind on Vancouver Island.
PCHA is a high performance academy with a hockey curriculum focused on individual skill development for today’s elite level player. Our high performance programs – U18 Prep, U16 Prep, and U15 Prep – provides students with professional coaching, training and skill development, along with a highly competitive path as members of the prestigious Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).
The program runs from September to June, including both winter and spring seasons. On and off-ice development is equivalent to 5 years of minor hockey in one season at the PCHA.
3 to 5 years of minor hockey
- Daily on-ice development – 135+ practice sessions per season
- 150+ strength and conditioning session – minimum 5 hours per week
- 40-50+ game schedule – includes regular season, playoffs, tournaments/showcases, exhibition games
SD62 Sport School
Students enrolled in PCHA are registered as a full-time student in the SD62 Sport Academy Programs, and will receive all the academic credits required to graduate in British Columbia as well as any post-secondary pre-requisites to meet the athlete’s academic goals.
Our Student athletes are given credit for sport specific courses provided through PCHA, as well as for their competition and training, thereby reducing their academic workload and providing more time for studying, family and recovery.
Students fulfill all core courses to meet NCAA and CIS eligibility requirements
Flexible, individualized learning plans designed to work with the demanding schedule of today’s elite student athlete.
Academic support available four days a week to manage studies
Available SAT test preparation
CSSHL League Mission Statement: “To be National Leaders in Education-Based Hockey”
In 2009, five like-minded Hockey Canada Accredited Schools came together to launch the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. Their vision was to establish a league designed specifically for elite level student athletes, give these athletes an opportunity to increase their skills on and off the ice, and provide athletes with a high level of competition as well as exposure.
The inaugural 2009-10 season featured five sport schools and eight total teams spread across two divisions. During the 2020-21 season, the CSSHL will feature 26 Accredited Schools/Schools with Residence and 84 teams in eight different divisions.
All programs within the CSSHL are sanctioned Hockey Canada Accredited Schools or Schools with Residence, meeting the regulations of not only Hockey Canada, but their respective provincial or regional members.
The CSSHL continually strives to be a leader in education based hockey in North America. The objective of the league is to provide a competitive environment for young student athletes that share similar values of Sportsmanship, Citizenship, Academic Excellence and Hockey Development.
When the CSSHL was founded in 2009, the focus was not only placed on hockey but that education of young student athletes is of the utmost importance. Our programs have a structured yet supportive environment to help balance academic work loads.
With the uniquely structured academics and learned time management skills, the student athlete has the opportunity to chase their goals without compromising their education.
CHARACTER AND CITIZENSHIP
The CSSHL prides itself on not only developing student athletes on the ice, but also inspiring them off the ice. Student athletes leave our programs prepared for the next step in their life, whether it be post-secondary education, the work force, or wherever their path may take them. Off-ice conduct is taken very seriously in the CSSHL, from appearance to behaviour. Because of the standards we keep, we feel our student athletes come to us as teenagers, but leave as young adults.
The majority of games in the CSSHL take place on weekends, in a showcase format. Programs in each division take turns hosting these Showcase weekends, which sees multiple teams in one location playing multiple games. This format cuts down on travel time, as well as school days missed. Teams will also play a small number of flex games through the season on non-showcase weekends.
Our student athletes are on the ice almost every day. During the week, student athletes take part in structural practices and skill development sessions. Each team works closely with their respective program’s strength and conditioning coach, as well as various other off ice seminars such as video work, mental training and nutrition.