CAMROSE MINOR HOCKEY INITIATION PROGRAM
The CMH U7 program is designed to introduce the players to the game of hockey. There are 2 groups of U7 which are divided into Year 1 (U7 Minor - 5 year olds) and Year 2 (U7 Major - 6 year olds or those that have completed U7 Minor).
Hockey Canada developed the U7 Program IS to make a child's first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. It is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program designed to introduce beginners to the game's basic skills. It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play.
Recognizing the necessity to provide a positive experience for the beginner hockey player, the Initiation Program builds upon a number of values providing a qualitative experience, which include:
The Instructors Manual was designed to give coaches the necessary information needed to teach hockey skills to beginners.
The areas discussed include leadership, communication, teaching skills, and lesson organization. Each of these components contain valuable information when it comes time to implement each of the Lesson Manuals.
The U7 Program manuals are a compilation of ideas from top hockey people across the country. Prior to printing, the lesson plans were tested in several provinces in communities with widely-differing circumstances, and found to be very effective.
The Lesson Manuals consist of four phases, each with eight on-ice sessions. These lessons map out easy-to-follow lesson plans. Beginners progress throughout these ice sessions to the point where they can start playing hockey and enjoying it.
Hockey Canada believes that hockey should be, first and foremost, fun for all participants. A big part of delivering on that is ensuring the programming is age-appropriate.
Cross-ice/half-ice hockey has always been part of the U7 Program, but has not been implemented in the same way in every community - beginning this fall (2017-18 season), cross-ice/half-ice is mandatory at the U7 Level.
Cross-ice/half-ice hockey at the U7 age effectively right-sizes the playing surface for young players:
The benefits of cross-ice/half-ice hockey go beyond player development; the special boards and bumpers allow minor hockey associations to alleviate pressure around scheduling and ice-time availability by safely allowing multiple practices and games to take place on one rink at the same time.
There will be a coach chosen for each of the 2 teams in both U7 Minor and U7 Majory It is an expectation of CMH that all U7 coaches will work together to develop all players on the ice and collaborate on skill stations and game play. The main focus is development, not competition. With that, the coaches will also be responsible for the direction of parent helpers in practices and games. Many parent helpers are needed and encouraged to help out on-ice with practices/games and on the player benches or running the clock on game days.
HAVE A FUN-FILLED, EXCITING SEASON!
Full gear is required for this program and consists of the following which can be obtained from any sporting goods store:
Helmet with cage
Shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, can
Hockey Jersey (any kind just in case you forget the team jersey)
A jersey and socks will be provided by CMHA with the jersey to be RETURNED at the end of the season. The hockey socks are yours to keep.