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U8 (2013) and U9 (2012) Guelph Minor Hockey's Advanced Development Program
Submitted By Lindsey Glavaz on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Guelph Minor Hockey is pleased to announce our 2020/21 ADP Pathway for our 2012 and 2013 players...

What is the Advanced Development Program (ADP)?

  • A skills development program that includes:

    • Power skating to improve skating ability

    • On-ice hockey related skill development

    • Dryland training to develop off-ice skills

·ADP typically runs drills in 2 types of development forms:

  1. Small Area Games: these fun and competitive hockey drills done in a smaller area to increase intensity of drills and allow for more interaction.

  2. Station-Based: these are drills that are setup in various stations on the ice specifically focused on individual skill development.

What are the goals for ADP?

  • Create a fun and positive learning environment.

  • Have qualified instructors overseeing both on and off-ice development.

  • Follow the Hockey Canada Development Guidelines.

  • Athletes playing and practicing with other similarly skilled players.

  • To be a representative (rep) hockey initiation program that bridges the gap from house league to rep hockey.

How does ADP work?

  • Tryouts:

    • Tryouts are scheduled skates by the GMHA to allow players to showcase their skills and to be evaluated. Evaluators use these tryouts to determine the selection of each team

    • Tryouts begin in September (details posted on GMHA website prior to tryout start date).

    • Parents can register their child online to purchase a tryout pass. This will allow their child to attend tryout skates.

    • Players will attend the tryouts, where they are evaluated by Independent Evaluators, who assess each player’s current skill set and place them with similarly skilled players for optimal development.

    • From there, selected coaches will be assigned to the team their child is placed on. 

    • Teams are selected, and parents will be notified via email.

What is the time commitment?

  • Practices:

    • Typically will begin shortly after the teams are selected, in late September to early October.

    • There are two – 1 hour practices scheduled each week, with at least one of those practices being completely run by the ADP Development Team. The practices typically consist of one being skill-based development, and one being skating-based development.

    • Dryland training occurs every other week for a 35-minute session, prior to an on-ice session.

  • Games:

    • An average week will consist of one home game and one away game.

    • Games will begin after November 1st for the regular season, in a regular league format.

    • Exhibition games can occur throughout the month of October.

    • U8 (Minor Novice):

      • All games will be played as half ice games.

      • The score is not kept.

      • Shifts are timed and a change occurs when the timed buzzer goes off.

    • U9 (Novice):

      • All games prior to January 15th will be played as half ice games.

      • Half ice games do not include score-keeping and have time shift changes.

      • After January 15th, teams will transition to full ice games.

      • When this transition occurs, all regulation rules apply.

    • Jamborees

      • Jamborees are designed to engage players in a fun environment.

      • Score is not typically kept, but Jamborees are a great way for players to compete against other associations to test their skills.

      • Jamborees typically consist of a handful of games in 1-2 days.

      • Teams can enter a maximum of 3 Jamborees over the course of the season.

    • Tournaments:

      • Tournaments are specifically for the U9 group after the full ice transition in January.

      • Teams can enter a maximum of 2 tournaments (or 3 total Jamborees & tournaments combined).

      • Tournaments must be sanctioned.

      • Tournaments are competitive and include championship games.

What is the financial commitment?

  • The financial commitment for participating on an ADP team is asked frequently. Below is a rough estimate of expected expenses.

    • Registration Fee: Approximately $500 (This covers your GMHA registration fee.)

    • Rep Fee: Approximately $1,000 and covers the following items:

      • OMHA fees

      • Tri-County or SCTA fees

      • Practice ice times

      • Development

      • Game ice times

      • Jerseys and socks

      • Miscellaneous items

    • Jamboree/Tournament Fees:

      • $1,300 per Jamboree (Approximately $75 per player).

      • There are typically 1-3 Jamborees throughout the season.

    • Tournament Fees:

      • $1,200 per Tournament (Approximately $65 per player).

      • There are typically 1-2 tournaments throughout the season.

    • Additional Expenses:

      • Team expenses - Teams are required to develop a budget that will indicate all additional spending for the season. This budget is voted on by the parents for approval. Here are a number of items that could be on that list:

        • Team tracksuits or other apparel

        • Additional team ice

        • Team Parties

    • Individual Expenses:

      • Purchase of equipment or equipment related purchases (ie: skate sharpening)

      • Potential Hotel Bookings

      • Gas & Food

For full details on the entire program mandated from Hockey Canada, please click here to view the Implementation Guide.

The information provided above can seem like a lot to take in and understand. GMHA is here to help. Should you have any questions regarding the program and your child’s hockey pathway, please contact our office to discuss. You can reach us by email: [email protected] or by phone: 519-824-5910.

Thank you,


IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The information provided, specifically for program fees is an approximation and subject to change at any time.

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