Our Programs - Overview (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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Welcome to Our Program Overview!
Below you will find a brief summary of our programs to help provide an easier understanding for parents (especially those new to hockey) on how all the programming works within Guelph Minor Hockey Association (GMHA).

For a more detailed analysis, please review THE GMHA HOCKEY EXPERIENCE where we review each program at each age in full details.


Below you will find a quick snapshot on each of our program details:


Skating School Program (Age 3-11)

AGE

Program Name

Appropriate for:

Equipment Requirements

3-11

Skating Skills

For first time skaters or minimal on ice experience.

Skaters do not have to wear full hockey gear in this program.

Skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with face mask…this is mandatory.

Hockey Basics

Perfect for children that have had one year experience with GMHA skating school but are still not able to stride and glide. Skaters must be able to stand up unassisted for this program.

Majority of this program will focus on skating fundamentals with minimal hockey drills.

Full hockey equipment including a helmet with face mask is required. Sticks are also required to attend this program.

Hockey Skills

Great for any skater who has taken one or more sessions with GMHA or who can stride and glide. Majority of the class will focus on skating technique. Minimal work skating with the puck will be covered in each class.

Full hockey equipment including a helmet with face mask is required. Sticks are also required to attend this program.

 

Skills Development (SD) Program (Age 5-7)

AGE

DIVISION

FOCUS

NOTES

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SD1

In SD1, the focus is on skating fundamentals. No hockey experience is required, as this is an introduction to hockey type of program. Small Area Games (SAGs) are used to create a fun and interactive learning environment to develop individual skills. SAGs are competitive hockey drills done in a smaller-than-normal playing area and are designed to teach players through the simulation of game situations.

Full Hockey Equipment Required!

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SD2

In SD2, the focus is on advancing the skating fundamentals learned from SD1, and further enhancing the players skating abilities. No hockey experience is required, but some skating experience is recommended. Small Area Games (SAGs) are used to create a fun and interactive learning environment to develop individual skills. SAGs are competitive hockey drills done in a smaller-than-normal playing area and are designed to teach players through the simulation of game situations. The drills become a little more advanced and competitive than those from the SD1 program.

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SD3

SD3 builds off of those fundamental skills developed in SD1 & 2. Most participants have been in the Skills Development Program for two years now and are ready to begin having more of a hockey focus. Fun is always the primary focus, but now that players have learned the fundamental skills, a shift towards the basics of hockey is natural. SD3 looks to teach hockey specific skills, proper positioning, and introduce basic rules & strategies.

 


 

Advanced Development Program (ADP) (Age 7-10)

AGE

DIVISION

TEAMS

LEAGUES

NOTES

7

U8

2 teams with 18 players each.

Tri-County

Similarly Skilled Player Placement.

 

8

U9

4 teams with 16 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

Feasibility based on registration to run 4 teams.

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U10

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

10

U11

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

 

 

House League Program (Age 8-17)

AGE

DIVISION

SELECT TEAM AVAILABLE

NOTES

8

U9

NO

½ ice play until January.

9

U10/11

YES

1 game and 1 practice on average per week

10

YES

11

U12/13

YES

12

YES

13

U14

NO – Can tryout with U15

14

U15/16

YES

Mostly games, with some practices

15

NO

16

U18

NO

Games only. No practices

17

NO

 

Representative (REP) Program (Age 11-17)

AGE

DIVISION

TEAMS

LEAGUES

NOTES

11

U12

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

12

U13

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

13

U14

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

14

U15

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE teams available.

15

U16

4 teams with 15 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, A, & AE or MD teams available.

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U18

2 teams with up to 17 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, & AA teams available.

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