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Initiation Program (IP) Information
Submitted By Nikki Chubaty on Friday, June 14, 2019
The Initiation Program (IP) is designed for players five and six years old (born in 2013 and 2014). It clearly lays out how to get them started in hockey so they will have fun, learn skills and develop confidence. The main goal of the program is to make the beginner’s first impression of hockey a good one. When players get started on a positive note, they automatically enjoy the game and usually go on to have fun playing hockey for many years.


IP has been developed to make the 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.

Small-area games are used with Canada's national teams and in the National Hockey League, so it's no surprise they are one of the building blocks of the Hockey Canada Initiation Program. 
Cross-ice or half-ice hockey makes the game more age-appropriate for young players, and allows for more puck-touches and skill-development opportunities.
 


IP is a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal modified games. The program consists of four phases of instruction, designed for any entry-level hockey player, which introduce the skills of skating, passing, puck control and shooting in a progressive, one-step-at-a-time manner.

Initiation Program Objectives
  • A comprehensive program for the development of young children as hockey players.
  • Focus is on skill development and fun without the pressures of winning.
  • Aims to create participants and instructors who will continue in the game.
  • The motto is Fun, Fitness and Fair Play.

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