We all want the best for our kids. We teach them important life skills and try to provide experiences that strengthen what we’ve taught them at home. How to work hard, strive in achieving personal goals, and collaborate with others are all keys to success in today’s world.
Organized hockey is a community of like-minded people who all want the same things for their kids. From coaches to volunteers, on the ice and off, we’re invested in each child’s development—as a hockey player and more importantly, as a person.
The benefits of hockey are clear. Physical fitness, development of coordination and confidence, and the encouragement of healthy lifestyle choices each have long-lasting effects on growing children.
Then there are the life lessons. Hockey teaches core values like the importance of teamwork and showing respect for others. It also teaches work ethic, discipline, and the importance of having a positive attitude—even in the face of adversity.
Above all, kids play hockey because they love it. Being on a team gives them a sense of belonging. They feel connected to their teammates, the town they play in, and even bigger, their country—Canada, where hockey is both a tradition and a passion.
The program consists of four phases of instruction, designed for any entry-level hockey player, helping introduce the skills of skating, passing, puck control and shooting in a progressive, one-step-at-a-time manner. It builds a base of skills for children to learn the fundamental skills of hockey to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence.
The Peewee age group is the most significant period for hockey development. This is the window of accelerated adaptation to motor coordination. Group interaction, team building and social activities are the cornerstone of their ongoing development and mastery of essential skills.
The Novice Skills Program is designed to promote the continued development of physical literacy, fitness, and the basic skills required to play hockey. The skills the player acquires during this stage of development will benefit them when they engage in future recreational activities, enhancing their quality of life and health.
At the Bantam age players should begin to consolidate the basic technical skills of the game. An increased focus on hockey should take place along with the introduction and development of advanced group/team tactics. Physical training routines can also be emphasized to compliment the main part of the ice session to also include proper warm-up, hydration, cool down and nutrition.
This age has a window of accelerated adaptation to motor coordination. The three goals of this age group include refining basic skills, introduction to team tactics in a fun environment of learning. In Atom, children are developmentally ready to acquire the general sports skills that are the cornerstone of all athletic development.
At the Midget age group, players should begin to consolidate the basic technical skills of the game. At this stage, players will be introduced to advanced group and team tactics. Depending on the individual player, other activities could be introduced relating to physical preparation to begin to develop a solid base for training routines.