U6-U7 Initiation Program (formerly Mites & Tykes), CVHA House League (City of Vaughan Hockey)

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CVHA INITIATION PROGRAM - U6 and U7 (formerly Mites and Tykes)


Mites1.jpgThe Initiation Program is a progressive, learn to play teaching curriculum. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal and modified games (such as shinny, freeze tag, and obstacle courses). 

The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined in a progressive one step at a time manner.

Although the emphasis is on fun and fundamental skill development, the Initiation Program also allows the youngers to experience fitness, fair play, and cooperation.

To ensure a positive experience for the children, a 4-hour instructional clinic has been designed for the ice instructors (coaches), that focuses on communication, teaching skills, leadership, skill analysis, lesson organization and safety and risk management.


The Initiation Program is Canada’s premier “LEARN TO PLAY” program for beginning hockey players.

The Canadian Hockey Association developed the program to ensure that the child’s first contact with hockey is a safe and positive experience.

It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement.

The goals, philosophy and objectives of the program are:

1.      Teaching basic hockey skills so players can enjoy the game.

2.      Assisting in development and enhancement of basic motor patterns.

3.      Developing and encouraging the concept of team, through player participation in on and off-ice activities.

4.     To implement fitness, fair play and co-operation aspects within the fun of the game.



CVHA_Mites_Scrimmage_Play.jpgU6 HOCKEY (IP)
The focus is on the development of physical literacy. Fundamental movement skills should be mastered and motor development emphasized. For optional skill acquisition, the basic hockey skills of skating and puck control are introduced through the Initiation Program. FUN competitions are also introduced in a team environment.

Fall Program Description
·        TBD Based on Return to Play Protocol
·        Hockey Canada Certified Coaches
·        Jersey and Socks
·        Hockey Canada Insurance



Tykes_Habs_vs_Kings.jpgThe focus is on fundamental skills. Those include forehand and backhand passing, forward and backward cross-overs, a forehand sweeping shot and wrist shot, toe drags and four different stopping variations. FUN competitions are also introduced in a team environment.

Fall Program Description

·        TBD Based on Return to Play Protocol

·        Hockey Canada  Certified Coaches

·        Jersey and Socks

·        Hockey Canada Insurance