Welcome to the Oakridge Initiation Hockey Program!
The Oakridge Initiation Program generally consists of 5 and 6 year olds, along with some 4 year olds who are ready to play introductory hockey. The program is designed to introduce players to the great game of hockey in a fun way with no standings or scores kept.
We use a program based upon the Hockey Canada “Initiation Program” model, a proven methodology that has been used to introduce hundreds of thousands of young players to the great game of hockey. This program allows every level player to be truly part of the game.
This new program is designed around 3 main objectives:
- Introduce players to the fundamentals of the game in a fun and supportive environment.
- Allow the players to build their confidence (“I can get the puck too!”).
- Progress the players through drills and games that match their skill level to prepare them for their next level of hockey.
Assessments take place in late September to gauge each player’s ability and determine which division of Initiation Hockey is best suited for each child. Your child is expected to attend all assigned assessment times. These will double as practice ice for the kids and jump start their progress. All players will then be assigned to teams with the intention that skill is evenly distributed across these teams.
Children in Initiation hockey develop at a remarkable rate. A year can make a pronounced difference. For this reason, most hockey associations divide players into 2 mini divisions. Children placed in the more advanced division, "Red" will only play against other Red teams and players in "White" our beginner division, will play against other White Tykes. The primary focus of both divisions will be skill development.
Initiation teams will have one practice during the week. These practices will be scheduled at Oakridge Arena on Saturday morning between 8am and 12pm.
The team will practice at the same time, same day for the entire season.
The game ice will be scheduled at Oakridge arena on Sunday afternoon between 12pm and 2 pm.
Every child will receive their team jersey and hockey socks once the teams are firmed up in October. In the meantime, please ensure your child has a jersey and a pair of socks for the assessments/practices prior to teams being formed.
Your player will need to wear full hockey equipment at all times when on the ice. This includes a CSA approved certified hockey helmet, BNQ certified neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jock or jill, hockey shorts, shin pads, gloves, stick and skates.
The program relies heavily on the help of on-ice parent volunteers. Please consider volunteering to help coach your child’s team. It is our hope that each team have a Head Coach with at least 3 Assistants. If this is something you might be interested in, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can give you more information.
On Wednesday evenings at Oakridge Arena, Oakridge runs a development program for our players. This program is optional but an extra practice for a minor cost and a great supplement to their hockey experience.
This program also includes separate instruction for younger aspiring hockey players. These “Little Aeros” are not quite ready for hockey and receive more learn-to-skate instruction while in hockey equipment.
Please contact our Initiation Program Convenor, should you have any questions.