Find a quality hockey program

If you want your child to get the right introduction to hockey, learn proper skills, and have the kind of positive experience that will keep them playing, look for a local hockey association or recreation program that follows Hockey Canada’s recommendations for each age.

Following the Long-Term Player Development model (LTPD), Hockey Canada has developed program guidelines for children’s hockey at each of these age levels and stages:

Initiation Program: Children under 7

This introductory program is designed for children aged five to six as of December 31 in their current school year. Proper Initiation programs should focus on skills development in a fun environment, and games should be played on a smaller ice surface appropriate to small children. Read more about Initiation programs at Hockey Canada.

Novice Program: Children under 9

This introductory program is designed for children aged seven to eight as of December 31 in their current school year. Proper Novice programs should focus on skills development in a fun environment, and games are played on a smaller ice surface appropriate to small children. Read more about Novice programs at Hockey Canada.

Atom Program: Children under 11

Atom programs are designed for children aged nine to ten as of December 31 in their current school year. At this age, the skill level of the players and their level of experience determines the team’s seasonal plan for training and competition. Some teams may be more “competitive” than others. While the primary emphasis is still on skills, more training emphasis is put on team tactics and strategy. Read more about Atom programs at Hockey Canada.

Hockey Canada also has general information for parents on the Canadian Development Model (CDM) for player development in Canada.

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You can learn more about quality hockey programs at Canadian Sport for Life.

 

One response to “Find a quality hockey program

  1. If anyone is looking to understand the deveopment stages for their children regarding hockey programs I can help. I was a professional hockey player and now teach children 3yrs and up as well as adults the fundamentals of skating, powerskating and hockey skills. There is a huge stess on kids getting involved in minor hockey at young age and if they don’t then they will be behind. Dont worry about how old your child is; if she/he wants to play hockey at 11 yrs old, allow them to take a program where professional teach your child the basics and after completion have your child decide if they want to continue with the sport. If they say yes, have them join a “fun” spring league team; get the experience, and they sign them up for minor hockey! Hockey BC and Hockey Canada have great resources! If your child is shy; dont worry many people like myself provide private lessons at various arena locations around your city. Research your local arenas and find the most appropiate person to teach your child. Langley Sportsplex has certified and professional Instructors, take your childs needs into consideration and are fun and outgoing while providing quality instruction. I am a teacher/instructor there, and I have Speak Out, Cleared Criminal Record Check, and over 15 years of playing, coaching and instructing.

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