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OHF ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO PROGRAMMING NOVICE & BELOW
Submitted By LMH on Sunday, December 17, 2017
AGE-APPROPRIATE PROGRAMMING DESIGNED TO DELIVER A BETTER HOCKEY EXPERIENCE

Lucan Minor Hockey will be reviewing these changes and will have further annoucements and updates prior to the 2018/19 hockey season.  




The Ontario Minor Hockey Association, in partnership with the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF),
is proactively approaching a nation-wide initiative which will see more kids at younger ages playing
and practicing hockey in age-appropriate programming.

Starting in the 2019-2020 season, Hockey Canada has mandated players 8-years-old and under will
participate in modified-ice games, which includes cross-ice or half-ice. To continue the player
progression for young athletes already in modified-ice programming, the OHF will expand its
modified-ice programming in 2018-2019 season and advance 2011-born players from cross-ice to
half-ice games. The focus in practices will remain station-based.

Programming Below Novice Transition for 2018-19 Season

In 2019-2020, as per the Hockey Canada modified-ice mandate, those same players start the season
playing half-ice games and end it with full-ice games.

“The OHF Board of Directors unanimously supported this progression, as developed by the
Executive and Technical Directors of its Members,” said Tony Foresi, OHF President. “To be leaders
in the game, we have to look beyond today and realize the significance of supporting
age-appropriate programming.   The science is there, the results are there and now we are moving
the game there.”

“Station-based practices, small area games, lightweight blue pucks and age-appropriate ice size
 ensure players are engaged and have the right start in their hockey experience,” said OMHA
Executive Director Ian Taylor. “Scaling the game to match the age group allows young players
the opportunity for more puck-touches which promotes greater opportunity for skill-development
in puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination and decision-making.”

Programming Below Novice Transition for 2019-20 Season

In conjunction with its Members, the OHF is in the process of producing materials to support minor
hockey associations and clubs as they work through this change.

“We know change is never easy, but we want to give our administrators, coaches, parents and,
most of all, the players the best experience we can,” said Phillip McKee, OHF Executive Director.
“The OHF and its Members will be there to support the program in anyway needed.”

“The successful development of basic skills will impact these players for the rest of their hockey
careers.” 

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association continues to work closely with our associations and our
partners 
in hockey to deliver resources and best practices for coaches and administrators to
create the best p
ossible programming at this pivotal stage in the player development pathway.

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