Practice twice per week one weekday and one weekend. The U6 program is designed for beginner hockey players of all abilities, and focuses on individual skills, with one or two scrimmages a year.
The program goal is to make all the kids feel good about themselves while having fun and learning skills specific to playing hockey.
We encourage parents who are interested in learning basic on ice aid or coaching a team in future years, to help on the ice with the kids. Eventually, run a practice when they feel comfortable.
U7, U8, U9 Hockey
At this age level, the North Van Minor Hockey program is geared entirely toward teaching your child the skating skills: forward, backward, stops/starts, tight turns, crossover, and pivots, along with puck skills. We will be primarily teaching them basic competitive sport concepts and sportsmanship. In the later Initiation years, we will introduce the rules of the game, positional play, offsides, icing, etc.
There are no league standings, no league championships, and no Banners. We don’t even keep score during games at the younger age levels. At this level, hockey is about one thing, and one thing only: getting more puck touches and being extremely mobile on the ice.
Players can expect to play twice a week – generally one weekday and one-weekend time slot.
There are several options for registration
Option 1 Full Season Registration - Full season registration that will run from September to end of February/early March.
Option 2 First Half Season: from mid-September to the second week of December.
Option 3 Second Half Season: from January to early March space permitting. Information will be available in November of each year if space is available. First Half season players will have the opportunity to extend their season.
U6-U9 Ice Schedule
Ice schedules are not confirmed until the player is placed on a team usually in late August. Players can expect generally to have two ice sessions per week - one weekday and one weekend.