ALLIANCE Hockey Initiation Program Workshop Inspires Working Group Ahead of the 2016-17 Season
Stratford, ON - An energetic group of local leaders gathered in London, ON over the weekend to review the ALLIANCE Hockey re-launch of the Initiation Program (IP) in partnership with Hockey Canada and other organizations. The overall goal of the IP is to teach the foundational skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game. Hockey Canada developed the program to ensure that the child’s
first contact with hockey is a safe and positive experience.
Along with the Local Association Leaders, ALLIANCE Hockey Development Facilitators, Executive and Staff contributed to the Workshop which also featured an on-ice session.
Thank you to all of the Leaders who attended and a special thank you to presenters Peter Jones and Gary McFarlane who assisted in providing important information and awareness to the group!
Visit the ALLIANCE Hockey Facebook page to view videos from the Workshop.
What is the Initiation Program?
The future of the sport of hockey lies with our youth. In recognition of this, Hockey Canada developed the Initiation Program, which encourages the growth of foundational skills for the young player in the sport. The Initiation Program is implemented by Minor Hockey Associations and coaches, with the assistance of young volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey. This provides opportunities for a wide range of people to improve the quality of hockey in Canada through both play and instruction. The success of the Initiation Program is measured by the level of development young players achieve. To optimize those levels of development, it is necessary for dedicated adults to play a large role as effective leaders and teachers who will create a challenging and motivating environment for the player.
The goals, philosophy and objectives of the program are:
The IP is aligned with Hockey Canada's Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model and promotes foundational skills that allows for success as the athlete progresses through year-after-year hockey experience. For more information on LTPD, please visit the LTPD web page.
1. Teaching basic hockey skills so players can enjoy the game.
2. Assisting in development and enhancement of basic motor patterns.
3. Developing and encouraging the concept of team, through player participation in on and off-ice activities.
4. To implement fitness, fair play and co-operation aspects within the fun of the game.