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Player Pathway

About the U7 Program

The U7 Program Delivery 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 U7 Program Delivery 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/half-ice hockey, research shows that direction changes, puck touches, pass attempts and puck battles are doubled and shots per player are six (6) times higher for each player.

BC Hockey's Timbits U7 and U9 Program Delivery/Cross-Ice

WHO BENEFITS FROM CROSS/HALF-ICE?

Cross/half-ice affects U7 (5-6) and U9 (7-8) aged players.

WHY WAS CROSS/HALF-ICE IMPLEMENTED?

Cross/half-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/half-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 WAS IT IMPLEMENTED?

Cross/half-ice has been implemented nationally.

WHEN WAS 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 U11 Transition Plan to assist players and coaches as they graduate from U9 to U11.

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Hockey Canada's U7 Player Pathway

To read more about Hockey Canada's U7 Canadian Player Pathway click below! 

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Cross-Ice Hockey and Small Area Games

Dividing the playing surface is a decision that has been made in consultation with experts in athlete development. It is important to understand the benefits of cross-ice hockey and why Hockey Canada has a national policy ensuring all Timbits U7 hockey is played in smaller, modified spaces.

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Hockey Canada Downloads

For all Hockey Canada downloads for the U7 and U9 Player Pathway's

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About the U9 Program Delivery

The U9 Program Delivery 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 U9 Program Delivery 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/half-ice hockey, research shows that direction changes, puck touches, pass attempts and puck battles are doubled and shots per player are six (6) times higher for each player.

BC Hockey's Timbits U7 and U9 Program Delivery/Cross-Ice

WHO BENEFITS FROM CROSS/HALF-ICE?

Cross/half-ice affects U7 (5-6) and U9 (7-8) aged players.

WHY WAS CROSS/HALF-ICE IMPLEMENTED?

Cross/half-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/half-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 WAS IT IMPLEMENTED?

Cross/half-ice has been implemented nationally.

WHEN WAS 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 U11 Transition Plan to assist players and coaches as they graduate from U9 to U11.

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Hockey Canada's U9 Player Pathway

To read more about Hockey Canada's U9 Canadian Player Pathway click below! 

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Seasonal Structure for U9 Hockey

Young players have an opportunity to continue their development while having a positive and fun hockey experience. The ideal season does not conflict with the start of the school year, provides a fair evaluation/selection process and is structured to maximize development opportunities. Read more below!

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U11 Transitional Plan

The U11 Transitional Plan was developed to assist players as they graduate from cross-ice to full-ice hockey. To read more about the U11 Transitional Plan, click below!

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About the U11 Program Delivery

The U11 Pathway is a progressive, learn to play teaching curriculum. This pathway is an important component in the transition from the U9 Pathway and serves as preparation into the U13 Pathway. The U11 Pathway consists of four (4) phases of instruction, designed for players graduating from U9 hockey and for entry level hockey players who may start playing hockey at this age level. The U11 Pathway curriculum introduces, develops and refines the skills of skating, passing, puck control and shooting in a progressive step by step manner.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THE U11 PATHWAY?

The U11 Pathway affects players aged 9 and 10 years old. All hockey coaches coaching U11 community sport streams require at a minimum Coach 2 – Coach Level Training

WHY WAS THE U11 PATHWAY CREATED?

Continue to grow their impression of hockey a positive one for players and parents. Play/games should be small area games in practice transitioning into full-ice for formal games. Some streaming of the players – goal is to have players working with players of like skills to develop confidence and self esteem. Introduction to position specific skills.

WHERE IS IT IMPLEMENTED?

The U11 Pathway is a program developed by Hockey Canada across the country.

WHEN WILL IT BE IMPLEMENTED?

The U11 Pathway and will see full roll out for Minor Hockey Associations to have the program running prior to the 2020-2021 season.

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Hockey Canada's U11 Player Pathway

To read more about Hockey Canada's U11 Canadian Player Pathway click below!

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