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BC Hockey's Initiation Program/Cross Ice

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ATP

About the Initiation Program/Cross-ice Program

The Initiation Program (IP)/Cross-ice is BC Hockey's exclusive program for young players learning to play hockey.  It is the proven foundation of early skills development AND love of the game for every BC and Yukon Minor Hockey Association (MHA).

Remember, the overall goal of the IP/Cross-ice is to teach the foundational skills of hockey while having fun so players can enjoy the game.  Full-ice hockey has children chasing the puck much more than touching it.  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.

PRACTICE PLANS

Resources

Atom Transitional Plan

Checklist

Cross-ice Hockey and Small Area Games

Cross-ice Officiating Guide

Cross-ice Update Memo 2016-11-10

Frequently Asked Questions - Associations

Hockey Canada Downloads

Hockey Canada Drill Hub

How to Implement the Initiation Program

Initiation Long Term Player Development

Initiation Program - Admin Workshop

Introduction to Coaching

Novice Players Affiliation or Registration to Atom Teams Memo

Practice Plans 

Cross-Ice Variance Request
  Initiation and Novice Best Practices  

Videos

Cross-ice Hockey With Kelowna Minor Hockey Association and BC Hockey

 

Initiation Program Overview From Hockey Canada President and CEO Tom Renney

 

Initiation Program Overview From Hockey Canada's Paul Carson

 

The Hockey Canada Initiation Program

 

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

 

NHL Analytics Tracking of 8U Hockey Players

 

Join us on this journey to grow the game and increase enjoyment for players!

Initiation/Cross-ice Program Contacts

CLICK HERE for list of the Initiation Program Leads in each region.

Articles of Interest

10 Indisputable Statistics Proving Cross-ice is Better Than Full Ice for Young Players

Advantages of Cross-ice Practicing and Playing

Cross-ice Hockey and Small-Area Games

Cross-ice Hockey Overview

Cross-ice Passes the Test: Hockey Eastern Ontario pilot project popular with both players and parents

The Case for Small-Area Games

Using half-ice, fewer games and more practise time a plus for kids, says developmental guru George Kingston


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