U9 (Novice) & Below Program (Gananoque Minor Hockey)

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PROGRAMMING U9 (NOVICE) & BELOW


OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM
Developing fundamental movement skills (skating, jumping, twisting, turning) manipulation skills (shooting, puck control) and overall motor skills (agility, balance, coordination) in a fun and safe sport environment that promotes self-confidence.

 Continue to grow their impression of hockey as a positive one for players and parents.
 Practice/gameplay exist primarily in a modified form – formalized games introduced throughout the season.
 Some tiering of the players – goal is to have players working with players of like skill to develop confidence and self-esteem.

WHAT IS AGE APPROPRIATE SKILLS PROGRAMMING?
Designing practice and game play that is appropriate to the age, size and skill level of the participant. FUNDAMENTAL HOCKEY SKILLS
 Age-appropriate skills programming.
 Introduced through Skills Stations/Small Spaces.

FUNDAMENTAL GAME SKILLS
 Age-appropriate modified games.
 Introduced through Small Area Games and Cross-Ice / Half-Ice games.

CROSS-ICE & HALF-ICE HOCKEY
At times, there can be concerns from parents about how Small Area Games may delay their child’s hockey development. But parents need to think long term and not worry too much about their child being the best player on the ice at the age of 5, 6 or 7 years old. It is also important to

PROGRAMMING NOVICE & BELOW |ASSOCIATION IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE 5 remind parents that putting young players in to a competitive environment too early, will compromise their development. Children need to be placed in to competitive situations that suit their age appropriate abilities. And parents need to be realistic about what children should be able to do at all age levels. This is why Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development strategy is so important. It is important to fully understand and appreciate the benefits of cross ice and Half-Ice hockey. The configuration of dividing the playing surface into Cross-Ice or Half-Ice are decisions that have been made at the national level with policies in place that require small area configurations for game play at the Initiation, Minor Novice and Novice levels

WHY CHANGE THE WAY WE INTRODUCE HOCKEY?
 Increased emphasis on skating skills including agility, balance, coordination and quickness.
 Number of puck battles increases significantly.
 Puck control and puck protection skills are enhanced resulting in more confidence with the puck.
 Fundamentals of skating, puck control, passing, and shooting are reinforced.
 Less time and space increases the frequency and speed of making hockey decisions.
 Offers a more challenging environment to improve ice awareness and elevate hockey sense.
 Increased intensity of competition results through the progressive skill improvement of players.
 Better environment for teaching ice awareness and boosts hockey sense.
 Over time, the intensity level of competition increases with the progressive skill improvement of players.


Hockey_Canada_Policy_-_U9_(Novice)_and_Below.pdf
Novice_and_Below_Intro_2019.pdf
Novice_Seasonal_Structure_2019.pdf
Minor_Novice_Seasonal_Structure_2019.pdf
Initiation_Seasonal_Structure_2019.pdf
Game_Play_Set_Up_--_Novice_and_Below_2019.pdf
Officiating_Guidelines_2019_-_Novice_and_Below.pdf

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