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IDMHA Information Regarding Pre-School, Initiation & Tyke Levels
Submitted By Jamie Belore on Monday, May 28, 2018
Please see the information attached:

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Pre-School, Initiation & Tyke Levels

Pre-School: All 3 and 4 year old players (2014 and 2015) must register at the Pre-School level.  This level will have half-ice practices and is a learn to play not leartn to skate program.

Initiation Level: All 5 and 6 year old players (2012 and 2013) must register at the initiation level.   Initiation level will be playing scheduled games this season, these will be half-ice. Based on evaluations, some players may be moved up to the Tyke program.  By OHF rules only a limited number can move up.

Tyke Level: All 7 year old players (2011) must register at the Tyke level.  Based on evaluations, some players may be moved down to the Initiation program or moved up to the Novice program.  By OHF rules only a limited number can move up.  Tyke level will be playing scheduled games this season, these will be half-ice.  7 year old Tyke players can try out for Novice Rep.  Please indicate at registration and pay the tryout fee.  You do not have to tryout for Novice Rep to be considered for Tyke Select.

Novice: All 8 year old players (2010) must register for the Novice Level.   Based on evaluations, some players may be moved down to the Tyke program.  In the event a player is moved down from Novice to Tyke, the difference in registration fees will be refunded by IDMHA. 

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association, in partnership with the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), is proactively approaching a nation-wide initiative which will see more kids at younger ages playing and practicing hockey in age-appropriate programming.  Starting in the 2019-2020 season, Hockey Canada has mandated players 8-years-old and under will participate in modified-ice games, which includes cross-ice or half-ice. To continue the player progression for young athletes already in modified-ice programming, the OHF will expand its modified-ice programming in 2018-2019 season and advance 2011-born players from cross-ice to half-ice games. The focus in practices will remain station-based.

Programming Below Novice Transition for 2018-19 Season

In 2019-2020, as per the Hockey Canada modified-ice mandate, those same players start the season playing half-ice games and end it with full-ice games.

“The OHF Board of Directors unanimously supported this progression, as developed by the Executive and Technical Directors of its Members,” said Tony Foresi, OHF President. “To be leaders in the game, we have to look beyond today and realize the significance of supporting age-appropriate programming. The science is there, the results are there and now we are moving the game there.”

“Station-based practices, small area games, lightweight blue pucks and age-appropriate ice size ensure players are engaged and have the right start in their hockey experience,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. “Scaling the game to match the age group allows young players the opportunity for more puck-touches which promotes greater opportunity for skill-development in puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination and decision-making.”

Programming Below Novice Transition for 2019-20 Season


In conjunction with its Members, the OHF is in the process of producing materials to support minor hockey associations and clubs as they work through this change.

“We know change is never easy, but we want to give our administrators, coaches, parents and, most of all, the players the best experience we can,” said Phillip McKee, OHF Executive Director. “The OHF and its Members will be there to support the program in anyway needed.”

“The successful development of basic skills will impact these players for the rest of their hockey careers.”

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association continues to work closely with our associations and our partners in hockey to deliver resources and best practices for coaches and administrators to create the best possible programming at this pivotal stage in the player development pathway.

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