Instructional Program (Thornton Minor Hockey)

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  • Welcome to Hockey!! Ages 3 to 6 can participate, as well as players up to age 8 with no previous hockey experience
  • A parent orientation meeting will be held for introducing the coaching staff and for an explanation of Hockey Canada’s U7 Player Pathway Policy (click here)
  • Players’ skill level will be evaluated by the coaching staff. Players will be grouped according to skill and will advance through groups at their own pace as skills are acquired
  • TMHA strives to maintain a 1:3 instructor/player ratio with the help of on-ice volunteers.  All volunteers must provide a valid and up-to-date police records check/vulnerable sector check, complete the Rowan’s Law Acknowledgment, and complete the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders program
  • As skills develop, the players are introduced to team/game play in a fun, non-competitive forum
  • Non-competitive game situations occur during scheduled practice times
  • Every player has the opportunity to participate in games
  • Games are non-competitive with rotating goalies, two-minute buzzers, instructors on the ice, stop and start plays, etc.  with a focus on hockey rules and positioning
  • Each team can participate in 2 IP Festivals/Fun Days per year
  •  Ice time will be a set 2 hours per week