U7 (Initiation), U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom) Player Pathway Implementation for 2020-2021, News (Hamilton Huskies)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
U7 (Initiation), U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom) Player Pathway Implementation for 2020-2021
Submitted By Web Admin on Monday, December 23, 2019
All U7 (Initiation), U11 (Novice) and U11 (Atom) players within Hockey Canada programming will be playing the entirety of next hockey season with the implementation of the U11 (Atom) Player Pathway.

Starting in the 2020-2021 season minor hockey players, including those in the Ontario Hockey Federation’s Member Partners ALLIANCE, GTHL, OMHA, NOHA and the OWHA will be following the U11 (Atom) Player Pathway.


Player Pathways, as we have seen with U7 (Initiation) and U9 (Novice) Programming are progressive, learn-to-play development guides that support the player development continuum from U7 (Initiation) through to U11 (Atom). The Pathways outline optimal seasonal structures and age appropriate development guidelines.

 

The U11 (Atom) Player Pathway consists of a policy and recommendations focused on the appropriate development for 9 and 10-year-old players. The U11 (Atom) Pathway delivers a number of benefits to participants and their families including creating a positive experience during evaluations by providing planned pre-evaluation ice sessions, avoiding evaluations the first week of school, and allowing all U11 (Atom) players to be actively playing for 100% of the season.

 

U11 (Atom) Player Pathway Policy (must be followed for the 2020-21 season):

1. No evaluations from March through August. Preparation phase can begin the Tuesday following Labour Day.
Benefits: This process gives minor hockey associations and parents back their summer. The season doesn’t need to start this early only to be finished at the end of January or February; instead, it should start later and also end later. This also allows minor hockey associations a chance to get organized and begin planning.

2. No evaluations the first week of school where school starts the week after Labour Day.

3. Must offer a minimum of 4 practices / skill sessions prior to formal evaluations beginning.
Benefits: A player’s first experience in the new hockey season should not be a formal tryout - this gives all players the opportunity to get back on the ice in a more ‘player-friendly’ scenario before being evaluated. Minor hockey associations will have the opportunity to run their own prep camps instead of members spending money outside the association.

4. Must have a minimum of 3 formal evaluation sessions – Recommended - 1 skills session, 1 small area games session, 1 game.
Benefit: Players need a fair chance to be evaluated – a standardized process will show transparency, fairness, and consistency. This also provides coaches with the foundation for a development plan based on a solid and quantifiable evaluation.

5. Teams must have a period of development time following team selection and prior to the start of the regular season.
Benefits: It is very important to provide coaches with the opportunity to develop and improve their players skills prior to getting into organized games. The progression should be skills before tactics and tactics before systems.

6. Playoffs must be tournament style playoffs versus elimination rounds.
Benefits: This gives all teams the chance to play to the same end point in the season. All players deserve the same chance to play to the end of the year, with more teams and more players playing longer into the season. This also allows more rest and recovery within the season and the regular season schedule can be spread out. In addition to providing a greater opportunity for players to participate in different activities.

7. Fair/equal ice time (goalies rotate for equal games/playing time through season and playoffs)
Benefits: Fair and equal ice time is designed to ensure that all players get the same opportunity to contribute to the outcome of games, regardless of skill or ability. A coach’s responsibility is to develop all players to contribute. Shortening of the bench is not permitted. All players should receive fair and as close to equal as possible ice time, including equal opportunities on special teams.

8. Limit position specific specialization (except goalies), All skaters are to rotate through all positions to ensure each player has the opportunity to try out each position (forward – LW/C/RW and defence ‐LD/RD) at least once.
Benefits: Players may determine that they wish to be a full-time goaltender, but it is important for all players to learn the fundamentals of every position for the overall development of the player.

 

U11 (Atom) Pathway Recommendations (Members should encourage and support):

1. Season should allow for two (2) seasonal breaks (not including Christmas / long weekends) comprised of 5 days where no scheduled games or mandatory practices take place.

2. Recommended maximum of 45 games per year (including tournaments and playoffs).

3. Small Area Games in practice / Station based practices

4. Ideal Seasonal Structure:
a. Preparation/Evaluation Phase: The period of time prior to the season starting. Please see numbers 1 through 4 in Policy. (Up to 4 weeks)
b. Development Phase: The period of time following tryouts prior to the regular season starting. (Up to 4 weeks, 8-12 practices, 2 exhibitions games)
c. Regular season: The period of time from the first regular-season game to the start of playoffs (Up to 24 weeks, 22-44 practices, 16 to 20 games)
d. Playoffs: The period of time from the end of the playoffs to the start of the next Preparation/Tryout Phase. Commencing after March 15. Up to 4 weeks. Must have tournament-style playoffs.
e. Offseason Phase: This refers to the period of time from the end of the playoffs to the start of the next Preparation/Tryout Phase.

With the implementation of the U11 (Atom) Player Pathway, Hockey Canada has made key changes to the Player Pathways at U9 (Novice) and U7 (Initiation) that will create consistency in all programming across the country and a seamless transition for players from U7 (Initiation) through to U11 (Atom) based on Long Term Playe Development.

The key amendments to the U7 (Initiation) and U9 (Novice) Player Pathways are: 

U7 (Initiation) Player Pathway

1. No tiering or evaluations from March through August. Preparation phase can begin the Tuesday following Labour Day.

2. No tiering or evaluations the first week of school where school starts the week after Labour Day.

3. Must offer a minimum of 4 practices / skill sessions prior to formal tiering or evaluations beginning.

4. Must have a minimum of 3 formal tiering/evaluation sessions – Recommended - 1 skills session, 1 small area games session, 1 game.

5. Must have a period of development time following team selection and prior to the start of the regular season.

6. All U7 (Initiation) will be played at cross-ice or a maximum size of 100x60.

7. U7 (Initiation) game play will be 4 on 4.

8. Fair / Equal Ice Time in U7 (Initiation) game play.

 

U9 (Novice) Player Pathway

1. No tiering or evaluations from March through August. Preparation phase can begin the Tuesday following Labour Day.

2. No tiering or evaluations the first week of school where school starts the week after Labour Day.

3. Must offer a minimum of 4 practices / skill sessions prior to formal tiering or evaluations beginning.

4. Must have a minimum of 3 formal evaluation/tiering sessions – Recommended - 1 skills session, 1 small area games session, 1 game.

5. Must have a period of development time following team selection and prior to the start of the regular season.

6. Fair/Equal Ice Time in U9 (Novice) game play.

7. There will be no full time goalies in U9 (Novice).

8. U8/U9 (Mixed Programming Novice) and U9 (Novice) will be played at half-ice or a maximum size of 100x100 until Jan 15.

9. U8/U9 (Mixed Programming Novice) and U9 (Novice) game play will be 4 on 4 until January 15.

 

The Policy and Recommendations for the U7 (Initiation), U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom) Pathways have been identified with the parent and player in mind:

· Allowing families to have their summer break back while still providing on ice opportunities ahead of evaluations,

· Giving players key seasonal breaks to allow for holidays and the chance to play other sports throughout the year; and

· Establishing consistent age appropriate programming that is inline with the Long-Term Player Development.

 

Furthermore, moving from Spring to Fall evaluations at these age groups allows the opportunity for Local Hockey Associations to provide Member-sanctioned non-traditional hockey programs, 3 on 3, 4 on 4, or skills clinics beginning any time after the conclusion of the OHF Championships and completing no later than June 30.

 

The OHF and its Member Partners will continue their support of Local Hockey Associations to ensure that the policies outlined throughout this new programming are administered to provide players with the best possible hockey experience. The implementation of the U11 (Atom), U9 (Novice), and U7 (Initiation) Player Pathways are a step towards creating a long-lasting love for the game for all players within Hockey Canada Programming.

 

More information on the U11 (Atom), U9 (Novice) and U7 (Initiation) Player Pathways Policy and Rationale can be found at the OHF Website.

This article has been viewed 956 times.
Category Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Hamilton Huskies on Twitter
- and -
Visit Hamilton Huskies on Facebook
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 28
    Mar
    Organization
    In similar fashion to how 2020 - 2021 season began it now comes to an end. Please click read more to view announcement from Hamilton Huskies GM Mike Spadafora.
  • 28
    Mar
    Organization
    The Hamilton Huskies are very excited and pleased to announce the following AA/A Coaches for the 2021/22 Season.   We are very confident this outstanding group of coaches will continue to provide great leadership in maintaining the high standards ...
  • 22
    Mar
    Organization
    The Hamilton Huskies are excited to announce Scott Rex as the Head Coach of our U16 AAA program leading the team into the 2021-22 season. Scott was born in Hamilton and moved to and lived in Brantford from an early age. Scott played Junior in ...
  • 18
    Mar
    Organization
    The Hamilton Huskies Hockey club are excited to welcome back Rick Chapman to our organization. Rick will be coaching our U15 AAA 2007 team for the 2021-22 season. Coach Chapman joined the Huskies last year for the disrupted 2020-21 season and led ...
  • 10
    Mar
    Organization
    On this International Women's Day, we want to thank all of the incredible women who invest their time and energy to make our organization and our day to day lives a better place. Hockey Canada IWD
  • 04
    Mar
    Organization
    Sadly Walter Gretzky passed away this evening at the age of 82. Many Hamilton families will have wonderful memories of meeting this giving and community minded man when crossing paths with him in an arena somewhere. Our sincere condolences to the ...
  • 28
    Feb
    Organization
    On Feb 26th the Hamilton Huskies Hockey Club introduced Vince LAISE as their new U18 AAA Head coach for the 2021-22 season.  We are extremely excited to add a coach of Vince’s caliber to our U18 program and our hockey club. Vince brings a wealth ...
  • 17
    Feb
    Organization
    The OHF Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications to receive an OHF Scholarship. Each year, the OHF awards $1,000 scholarships to 30 outstanding young people who display an incredible amount of commitment both at the arena and in the ...
Printed from hamiltonhuskies.ca on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:36 PM