U8 ADP (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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U8 Advanced Development Program

The Advanced Development Program (ADP) is an alternative to the existing Skills Development 3 program offered. ADP acts as a bridge from the SD3 program and House League to Representative (REP) hockey. ADP takes the existing development structures mentioned in some previous programs, and enhances the model to offer a more competitive and challenging environment. For the players ready to take on that challenge, this program is more appropriate than SD3 listed above.

ADP can be summed up as a skills development program that includes; power skating to improve skating ability; on-ice hockey related skill development; and dryland training to develop off-ice skills. ADP 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.

Goals for ADP

  1. Create a fun and positive learning environment.

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

  3. Follow the Hockey Canada Development Guidelines.

  4. Athletes playing and practicing with other similarly skilled players.

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

Registration Process

To register for ADP, it is done as every other program. Going through the registration process, you will select the appropriate program based on your child’s age and complete the registration. Therefore, you will be looking to register for the U8 program. Every child with the birth year equivalent to the U8 program will register this way. To tryout for ADP is a separate process mentioned below.

Tryout Process

What are tryouts?

  1. 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.

  2. To tryout for ADP, you will need to purchase a tryout pass. This is done online through a very similar process to registration. You will see the option to purchase a “rep tryout pass” through the registration process. The specifics may vary each year, but annually information will be provided and released through the GMHA website and social media outlets with the instructions. You MUST register and purchase a tryout pass to be eligible to make an ADP team.

  3. Tryouts typically begin mid-September, and the details of when/where will be made available along with the tryout registration information as mentioned above.

  4. 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.

  5. Parents will be notified if their child was selected or not by email approximately 1 week after the final tryout date by email.

Team Structure & Season Formatting

  • There will be two U8 ADP teams

  • Each team will comprise of 18 skaters

    • Rotating goalies throughout the season

    • Teams will be split in half during gameplay with 9 on either side of the ice

  • Beginning in October, teams will have two practices each week

    • One consisting of skill-based development

    • The other consisting of skating-based development

    • Alternating every other week, teams will participate in dryland training prior to practice

  • The regular season will begin in November

    • Teams will participate in a small loop amongst a handful of other associations

      • Travel will be minimal, but is dependent on the number of teams entered into the Tri-County loop

    • Games will be half ice, and consist of 4 on 4 with one goalie in each net

    • Shifts will last approximately 1 minute, and players will change at the sound of the buzzer

  • There will be a 2 week break in December during the Holidays

  • End of Season

    • The season will run until approximately early-March

    • The Year End Tournament will consist of a handful of round robin games, then a final game to end the year

    • This is subject to change each year and based on Tri-County changes



  • $525 - GMHA program cost

  • $1,000 - Approximate Rep Fees

  • $160 Tryout Pass

  • Other expenses will come from

    • Travel expenses to and from the rink

    • Replacement equipment as needed

    • Skate sharpening

    • Jamboree Fees (Approximately $65 per player for each jamboree)

      • Maximum of 3 jamborees

    • Additional Ice costs

    • Team apparel

    • Team functions

Time (Approximately 20 weeks of sessions from October to March)

  • Three to Four - 1 hour tryout sessions in September

  • Two - 1 hour practices per week

  • One - 1 hour home game per week

  • One - 1 hour away game per week

  • 30 minutes of dryland training every other week

  • Travel time

  • Children changing time

  • Other team scheduled events

For full programming information on the implementation as recommended by Hockey Canada, please follow the link below:
U8 Program Implementation Guide

**Please Note: Program pricing, and structure are subject to change annually. This is a rough guideline of what to expect in terms of a breakdown for the season**