NEW Initiation Programing (Grand Valley Minor Hockey)

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Some minor changes are coming to the Initiation Program for 2017/2018 season.

Please take a moment to read the following article from Hockey Canada regarding these programming changes for the 2017/2018 season.

This change is mandated by Hockey Canada and will effect the way our Initiation programming is organized and implemented for next season.  Slight changes to the divisions will be reflected on the GVDMH Registration forms for next season that can be found here:

We will be working closely with Hockey Canada to provide more information as it comes.  For now we wanted to give you a rough idea of what the program will look like for next year so that you know what to expect when registering for next season.

Initiation (Preschool): (birth years 2013-2014; 4 years of age and under):

This division will focus on learning the basics of skating, getting up after a fall, wearing hockey equipment, holding a stick, playing fun games while learning basic hockey skills with an emphasis on fun and skill development.  It is expected that this division will receive two practices per week.

Initiation: (birth years 2011-2012; 5 and 6 years of age)
This division will focus on learning the basic hockey skills in a safe and encouraging environment.  They will concentrate on the basics of skating forwards, backwards, stick handling, passing, shooting pucks, and playing recreational half-ice exhibition games with Coaches on the ice to help learn positions and strategy of the game. The IP program will prepare players for tyke-level hockey with age-appropriate programming on a reduced ice surface.  It is expected that this division will receive two practices per week plus occasional half-ice recreational games/tournaments with nearby centres.

Tyke: (birth year 2010; age 7)
This division will be a player's first year playing full-ice league games against other hockey centres where the coaches are on the bench, the players are expected to play their position, use the bench for breaks between 2 minute timed shifts, referees are on the ice with players, and timekeepers run the clock. Between December-March, tyke teams will play 14 league games (7 home games, 7 away), plus a tournament, if applicable. It is expected that this division will receive two practices per week plus be permitted to attend organization skills nights and games.

If at any time you have questions about the changes to GVDMH or Hockey Canada Programming, please contact our Technical Director or email [email protected]

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