The FUNdamental stages of Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Model serves as the foundation upon which the entire minor hockey association is built. Youngsters at every level of play benefit from getting the “right start” in the game and it is crucial in building the skills of house league and competitive players alike. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal modified games which forms the basis of Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)
The goals and objectives of U7-U9 hockey programming are to:
Hockey Canada has established national guidelines to ensure optimal development of hockey players at this crucial introductory stage:
Game play at the U9 age-group and below will be Cross/Half-ice effective 2019-20
Programming in the Ontario Hockey Federation, which Ontario Minor Hockey is a member, will be implemented as follows:
The OMHA has created the following resource document to support our member Centres with the implementation and delivery of the Programming U9 & Below including Cross-Ice & Half-Ice game play.