Active Start & U10 Descriptions


Active Start/Learn to Play (4 to 6 years old)

  • Approximately one ice time per week, usually the same time/day every week.
  • Introduction and primary focus: skating, ring handling, passing, checking, shooting and small area games.
  • Emphasis on active involvement, participation and FUN!
  • Introduce the concept of informal games in 1/2 or cross-ice format. 
  • Season: Post Thanksgiving to early/mid-March.

 

FUNdamentals (6 to 9-year-olds) - Three Stages

**Levels and placement are determined by player evaluations 

 U10-Step 1 (As of 2019-2020 season)

  • 1-3 ice times per week will include a combination of practice and games depending on the league game schedule.
  • Fundamental skill development focus including skating skills, ringette skills and basic goalie instructions for ALL players
  • Emphasis on active involvement, participation and FUN!
  • Half ice/cross-ice games focus on basic concepts, rules and flow of the game.
  • The game format should be structured to maximize "time on the ring" for each player.
  • Coaches on the ice during games for the first half of the season.
  • Timed shifts with shift changes on the "buzzer."
  • Strive for team travel to remain relatively close to home.
  • Tournament participation permitted 
  • Season: Mid-September to March.

U10-Step 2

  • As above plus...
  • No coaches on the ice during games.
  • No timed shifts - shift changes on the fly.
  • Continue to consolidate skating and ring skills and understand game concepts.
  • Tournament participation is limited to 2 tournaments in addition to the home tournament.

U10-Step 3

  • As above plus...
  • Begin to refine skating and ring skills and have a comprehensive understanding of the game.
  • Maturity of the athlete indicates readiness for Learn to Train early.
  • Tournament participation is limited to 2 tournaments in addition to the home tournament.

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