Initiation

Directors

Name Position Contact
Toni Pickrell Initiation Coordinator westkelownaminorhockey at shaw dot ca
250-769-1543

 

 

BC Hockey Continues Age Appropriate Programming for 2017-18

BC Hockey is at the forefront of age appropriate programming for Initiation (5-6) and Novice (7-8) age levels hockey as Hockey Canada announces changes across the country for cross ice hockey to become mandatory at the Initiation level.

BC Hockey has had cross ice hockey in place for not only Initiation, but also Novice, since the start of the 2016-17 season. Cross ice hockey focuses on player development and more enjoyment for the children participating in those age groups.

“You would never put a five or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play on a baseball field without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada. “The program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development - twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice hockey is significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CROSS ICE PROGRAMMING

“We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our associations that have committed to the program,” says BC Hockey coaching coordinator Aaron Hoffman. “We see the kids having more fun and getting better skill development with the higher amount of time they get to touch the puck. Cross ice hockey is only set up for games with practice plans specifically designed to skill development and player enjoyment.”

BC Hockey has also implemented a thorough, detailed Atom Transition Plan designated for coaches and players to prepare kids moving from Novice to Atom and transitioning from cross ice to full ice hockey.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ATOM TRANSITION PLAN

Initiation player evaluations TBA.  It is the responsibility of the player to ensure they are aware of which grouping he/she is to attend.  Players are required to attend ALL evaluation sessions and requests for changes to groupings will NOT be accommodated.  Groupings are based on first initial of last name.  PLEASE BE SURE ANY PINNIES USED DURING EVALUATIONS ARE RETURNED TO PERSON IN CHARGE!

  • Each player will partake in 2 evaluation skates.
  • Head Coaches/Evaluators will rate each player using the 1-10 method.
  • All ratings are shared with Association Head Coaches and teams will be determined.
  • Balancing games will commence to ensure all teams within the association are close in skill level.  PLEASE NOTE THAT MOVEMENT MAY NEED TO BE MADE SHOULD TEAMS BE OUT OF BALANCE.

SCHEDULES:  OIC TBD

Initiation skill sessions will begin the week of September 11th

Initiation evaluations will take place the week of October 10th

The Initiation teams’ regular schedule will begin October 17th

 





RAMP Family Account


This is not the login for the RAMP Registration System. To find your Association Registration Login, please see the Site Menu, or contact the website admin.
Create an Account
Forgot your Password

RAMP APP

You don't need to run home just to check the schedule, or get your stats and scores. Check out the new RAMP Mobile App for Apple and Android! COMING SOON!

RAMP Ads

Do you want to reach thousands of users across hundreds of Minor Sports Association websites? Advertising with RAMP has never been easier! Get in touch with us now to discuss your needs.