Initiation (5-6 yrs old)



Directors

Name Position Contact
MARGARET DEHOOG Initiation Division Manager initiation@salmonarmminorhockey.com
250-515-0596
SCOTT STEWARD Director Hockey Operations-Junior Division dho1@salmonarmminorhockey.com
250-808-7155

 


Initiation Program Overview From Hockey Canada President and CEO Tom Renney

WHO DOES CROSS-ICE AFFECT?

Cross-ice affects Initiation (5-6) and Novice (7-8) aged players.

WHY WAS CROSS-ICE IMPLEMENTED?

Cross-ice was implemented to teach the FUNdamental skills of hockey in a safe and stress free environment so the players can enjoy the game. By moving to cross ice hockey, direction changes, puck touches, pass attempts and puck battles are doubled and shots per player are six (6) times higher for each player.

  • 6x more shots on goal/player
  • 5x more passes received/player
  • 2x more puck battles/player
  • 2x more puck touches/player
  • 2x more pass attempts/player
  • 2x more change of direction/pivots
  • 1.75 shots/minute vs. 0.45 playing full ice

WHERE IS IT IMPLEMENTED?

Cross-ice has been implemented across BC and the Yukon.

WHEN IS IT IMPLEMENTED?

BC Hockey has been a leader across Canada, implementing cross-ice for the 2016 - 2017 season.

HOW WILL PLAYERS BE TRANSITIONED TO FULL ICE HOCKEY?

With the help of some of the best Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and technical hockey developers in the province, BC Hockey has developed a full, detailed Atom Transitional Plan (ATP) to assist players and coaches as they graduate from Novice to Atom.

The Hockey Canada Initiation Program


Initiation Program/Cross-Ice Practice Plans

With the program goal of teaching the foundational skills of hockey while having fun, the following age-specific progressive practice plans have been produced to help you create a positive experience with your team.

Our full practice plans and animated videos offer step-by-step instructions, making it easy for you to demonstrate the drills. The progressive system teaches young athletes everything from "how to hockey" skills and drills they need, to skating backwards, stickhandling, power plays and even goalie drills.

Practices One/Two Practices Three/Four
Practices Five/Six Practices Seven/Eight

From a Child's View, Parents Find Full Ice Hockey No Fun

NHL Analytics Tracking of 8U Hockey Players

TIMBITS MINOR SPORTS PROGRAMS

 

THE FIRST GOAL IS HAVING FUN.

The Timbits Minor Sports Program is a community-oriented sponsorship program that provides opportunities for kids aged four to nine to play house league sports. The philosophy of the program is not based on winning or losing, but on learning a new sport, making new friends, and just being a kid.

Tim Hortons currently supports more than 300,000 children on teams in hockey, soccer, ringette, lacrosse, softball and baseball leagues in Canada and the United States. Our sponsorship includes jerseys, coaching tools, participation medals and a local “Timbits Jamboree” to help kick off, or wrap up each season.

Adding to the fun, Timbits teams are often invited to attend Canadian Hockey League (CHL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) games to catch the action and showcase their skills between periods.

For more information on registering for a Timbits Program in your community, please contact your local minor sports association.


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