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General Program Description

CVHA INITIATION PROGRAM (Mites to Minor Novice)

ABOUT HOCKEY CANADA’S INITIATION PROGRAM (IP)

 

The 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.

 

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

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.

 

5-YEAR OLD 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.

Practice to Game Ratio

 

·        2 Practices per week until January 1st

·        1 Practice and 1 Cross Ice Game per week until season’s end

·       85% focus on technical skills; 15% individual tactics; 5:1 player to coach ratio

 

6-YEAR OLD HOCKEY (IP)

The 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 remains the emphasis, with tournaments near the end of the season taking on the form of Jamborees or Festivals.

 

Practice to Game Ratio

 

·       2 Practices per week until December 1st

·       1 Practice and 1 Cross Ice Game per week until season’s end

·       85% focus on technical skills; 15% individual tactics; 5:1 player to coach ratio

 

7-YEAR OLD HOCKEY (Minor Novice)

During this period, the players continue to develop motor skills and coordination.  The NOVICE SKILLS PROGRAM is designed to promote the continued development of physical literacy, fitness, and the basic skills required to play hockey.

 

Practice to Game Ratio

 

·        2 Practices per week until November 1st

·        1 Practice and 1 Half-Ice Game per week until season’s end

·        75% focus on technical skills; 15% individual tactics; 10% team tactics; 5:1 player to coach ratio

 

8-YEAR OLD HOCKEY (NOVICE) BEGINNING 2019-2020 SEASON

 

Skills being focused on in Novice include an advancement of the skills learned in the INITIATION PROGRAM and the introduction of Team Play.  Players are learning more offensive (dekes and net drives) and defensive (basic one-on-ones and escape moves) tactics.

Practice to Game Ratio

 

·        1 Practice and 1 Half-Ice Game per week until January 1st

·        1 Practice and 1 Full Ice Game per week until season’s end

·       75% focus on technical skills; 15% individual tactics; 10% team tactics; 5:1 player to coach ratio

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