The first years of hockey for any player should be a positive experience with a fun and exciting start that provides young players the opportunity to enjoy the hockey experience for life! If a beginner has fun, develops basic skills and builds confidence, there is a better chance they will enjoy themselves for their entire career in hockey. But if the early experience is unrewarding, they may never discover all Canada’s game has to offer.
U7 hockey program is delivered through a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum for 5-6 year olds. Players learn through practice drills and skill sessions, as well as informal games like shinny, freeze tag and obstacle courses. The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined one step at a time. The focus will always be on fun and skill development, but the program will also allow the players to experience fitness, fair play and cooperation.
To ensure a positive experience, this coaches have a knowledge base of on-ice skills that focuses on communication, teaching skills, leadership, skill analysis, lesson organization, and safety and risk management. Hockey Canada guidelines indicate that every Canadian youngster should receive the opportunity to participate in and benefit from a program designed to meet their specific needs, one that ensures progressive skill development through well delivered practice sessions and age-appropriate game play in an environment suited to their skill level. U7 hockey serves as the foundation upon which the entire hockey experience is built. It is a crucial piece in building the skills of players at every level – players benefit from getting the ‘right start’ in the game. SCGHA will provide this foundation by delivering a 1 hour weekly session throughout the season.
U7 IP will run from October to March on Friday nights at 5:45pm at Gateway Arena.
First day: Friday, October 6th, 2023 5:45pm Gateway Arena
For the full schedule visit the U7 IP page and the Team Calendar HERE