The Initiation Program, Tyke (Brantford Girls Hockey Association)

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The Initiation Program - Tykes

The future of the sport of hockey lies with our youth. In recognition of this, Hockey Canada developed the Initiation Program, which encourages the growth of foundational skills for the young player in the sport. The Initiation Program is implemented by Female Hockey Associations and coaches, with the assistance of young volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey. This provides opportunities for a wide range of people to improve the quality of hockey in Canada through both play and instruction.

The success of the Initiation Program is measured by the level of development young players achieve. To optimize those levels of development, it is necessary for dedicated adults to play a large role as effective leaders and teachers who will create a challenging and motivating environment for the player.

The goals, philosophy, and objectives of the program are:
1. Teaching basic hockey skills so players can enjoy the game.
2. Assisting in development and enhancement of basic motor patterns
3. Developing and encouraging the concept of team, through player participation in on- and off-ice activities.
4. To implement fitness, fair play, and co-operation aspects within the fun of the game.

What is it?

‐The Initiation Program is a progressive, learn to play teaching curriculum. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal and modified games (such as shinny, freezetag, and obstacle courses).

‐It consists of 4 Phases of instruction, designed for the beginning hockey players. Each phase consists of 8 lesson plans that follow a defined path of progressions.

‐The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined in a progressive one step at a time manner.

‐Although the emphasis is on fun and fundamental skill development, the Initiation Program also allows the youngsters to experience fitness, fair play and cooperation.

‐To ensure a positive experience for the children, a 4 hour instructional clinic has been designed for the on‐ice instructors (coaches), that focuses on communication, teaching skills, leadership, skill analysis, lesson organization and safety and risk management.

Program Philosophy

‐The Initiation Program is Canada’s premiere “Learn to Play” program for beginning hockey players. 

‐The Canadian Hockey Association developed the program to ensure that the child’s first contact with hockey is a safe and positive experience. 

‐It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self‐confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. 

Program Goals

‐To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity. 
‐To learn the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey. 
‐To create and refine basic motor patterns. 
‐To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.