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).

Skating School Program (Age 3-11)


This Skating program will focus on the development of hockey skating skills that are necessary to allow participants to transition into the GMHA Skills Development Program. Skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will be assessed on Day 1 and assigned a level based on their initial ability. 

AGE

Program Name

Appropriate for:

Equipment Requirements

3-11

Level A

Beginners (skated less than 1 year), or first time skaters, will be in Level A.

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.

Level B

Skaters who are able to skate the width of the ice forward, perform some basic skills and stop without the use of the boards will be in Level B. 

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

Level C

Skaters who can skate the length of the ice in forward stride, the width of the ice backward, and can stop on command will be in Level C.

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)

 Skills Development 1, 2, & 3 work together cohesively to ensure that all players are appropriately placed. Registration is based on age, but if a player needs to be moved from one program to another to allow for optimal development, GMHA will make that recommendation to the parents.


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 7-8)

GMHA's Advanced Development Program is an accelerated program for 7 and 8 year old players who are looking for more ice-time and more advanced instruction. Intended as a bridge between recreational and rep hockey, ADP offers more frequent practices run by experienced skills coaches, and includes a transition to game play as part of local leagues operated by the TCMHL (Tri-County Minor Hockey League).

Participation in the program is open to all interested players who possess a requisite base level of hockey skill for their age. Interested players must register for the "preparation and evaluation skates". Preparation Skates do not include player evaluations and are intended to allow skaters to get back on the ice and into form after the summer. These are followed by Evaluation Skates, which are used to place players in groups/teams by ability. Note that both U8 and U9 programs have a maximum capacity, and it may be necessary to restrict participation based on player evaluations if those capacities are reached.


AGE


DIVISION


TEAMS


LEAGUES


NOTES

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U8

2 groups with 18 players each.

Tri-County

Similarly Skilled Player Placement.


8

U9

3-4 teams with 16 players & 2 goalies each.

Tri-County

SCTA

Feasibility based on registration to run 4 teams.

 

 

House League Program (Age 8-17)

AGE

DIVISION

SELECT TEAM AVAILABLE

NOTES

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U9

NO

½ ice play until January.

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U10/11

YES

1 game and 1 practice on average per week

10

YES

11

U12/13

YES

12

YES

13

U14

YES

14

U15/16

YES

Mostly games, with some practices

15

YES

16

U18

NO

Games only. No practices

17

NO

 

Representative (REP) Program (Age 9-17)


AGE


DIVISION


TEAMS


LEAGUES


NOTES

 9 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. 

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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.

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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

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

Tri-County

SCTA

AAA, AA, & A teams available.

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