Hockey Edmonton Novice Program


The Novice Program is Hockey Edmonton's premier 'Intro to Hockey' Program and is the foundation of skill development for young hockey players.

The Hockey Edmonton Novice Program is for athletes ages 7 to 8 years old. Hockey Edmonton's 2018-19 Novice Program has been split into TWO separate and distinct programs: Minor Novice (7 years old) and Major Novice (8 years old). Please view the Hockey Edmonton Novice Program Resources web page and the details listed below for further information regarding the Hockey Edmonton Novice program: 


MINOR NOVICE (7 year old's)

  • INTRODUCTION TO HALF-ICE HOCKEY;
  • 7-year old's as of December 31;
  • 16 half-ice games, 30 half-ice practices;
  • Hockey Canada Membership and Insurance coverage;
  • Competitive Birth Year Hockey;
  • Competitive Tiering Model - NEW Alberta One Model (Tier's 1-6);
  • Improved Season Structure & Standards of Play;
  • Improved consistency with practice/games (Geographical locations time, etc.);
  • Team size: 18-20 players;
  • No full-time goaltenders;
  • Increased playing time (Increased shifts during game-time, less time spent at faceoffs);
  • Increased puck touches, passes, shots;
  • Increased awareness/ability to play in traffic and tight spaces;
  • Increased shots on net for goaltenders;
  • Blue pucks only;
  • 1 team per dressing room;
  • Instruction from Certified Lead Instructors and Support Instructors (1:10 ratio);
  • Increased Development of Technical Skills (Skating, Puck-handling, Passing, and Shooting);
  • No scorekeeping, no standings;
  • Quickcard Minor Hockey Week participation;
  • Novice Program Jamboree - March. 

 

MAJOR NOVICE (8 year old's)

  • FULL-ICE HOCKEY;
  • 8-year old's as of December 31;
  • 18 full-ice games, 26 half-ice practices;
  • Hockey Canada Membership and Insurance coverage;
  • Competitive Birth Year Hockey;
  • Competitive Tiering Model - NEW Alberta One Model (Tier's 1-6);
  • Improved Season Structure & Standards of Play;
  • Improved consistency with practice/games (Geographical locations time, etc.);
  • Team size: 15-16 players;
  • No full-time goaltenders;
  • Blue pucks only;
  • 1 team per dressing room;
  • Instruction from Certified Lead Instructors and Support Instructors (1:10 ratio);
  • Increased Development of Technical Skills (Skating, Puck-handling, Passing, and Shooting);
  • Scorekeeping, hidden standings;
  • Quickcard Minor Hockey Week participation;
  • Tournament Playoff format - March. 

 

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