The future of hockey lies with today’s youth. Because of this, Hockey Canada has developed age-appropriate programming as a way to encourage the growth of foundational skills. Minor hockey associations and coaches lead the implementation of the Initiation and Novice programs with the assistance of volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey. The programming must provide opportunities for a wide range of people to get involved in order to improve the quality of the hockey experience through sound instruction and enjoyable play.
The goals and objectives of Novice hockey programming are to:
• Teach all basic skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game.
• Assist in development and enhancement of physical literacy and basic motor patterns.
• Develop and encourage the concepts of being a team member through player participation in both on-ice and off-ice activities.
• Encourage aspects of fitness, fair play and cooperation while having fun.
Sort-Out Phase: (Sept 7 – Sept 15)
As in all previous seasons, the association will have 2 weekends of sort out to make every attempt possible to ensure balanced teams. These 2 weeks will also give tier 1 coaches an opportunity to evaluate players for the tier 1 program.
1. Development Phase (Sept 21-Oct 27) – 6 Weeks
During the development phase, coaches should be focused on skill development. The goal of the association is to set aside a window of time where young players have more practices than games. The Hockey Canada Novice Skills Manual provides coaches with a series of well-crafted practice plans (ice sessions) that focus on developing fundamental movement skills like striding, turning and stopping, manipulation skills like shooting, passing, puck control and the very important motor skills of agility, balance, coordination. All of these components should be a part of player-centred skill development in a fun and safe environment that promotes self-confidence.
2. Regular Season Phase (Nov 2 – Jan 26) – 12 Weeks
The regular season phase represents the bulk of the season in the Novice Seasonal Structure. The practice to game ratio shifts to 2:1 or two practices for every game played.
It is important that coaches continue to focus on skill development during practice sessions. Hockey Canada has developed additional resources to support coaches in their efforts to deliver practice plans. The Hockey Canada Network, Drill Hub and the Initiation Program all contain age-appropriate and skill-specific resources to meet the needs of young Novice hockey players.
Even though the regular season phase has a lower practice to game ratio (2:1) through the months of November, December and January, there are still up to 16 possible practice sessions to support and encourage young players through this skill acquisition phase of the season.
3. Game Play Phase or Transition Phase (Feb 2 – Mar 28) – 8 Weeks
The transition phase has a practice to game ratio of 1:1, or one practice to one game played. It is important to ensure practice sessions continue through the Transition Phase. This will provide coaches with the opportunity to continue to reinforce individual skill development elements in practices in addition to introducing players to concepts attached to the full-ice game.
Hockey Canada Novice resource Guide
Get you PRC before September. Volunteer letter is available under the Administration/Risk and Safety tab on this website.
Starting September 1st , the City of Ottawa will start charging $10 per application.
The OGHA has negotiated a nice discount for players who want to focus this summer on strength training with Canadian Strength. Canadian Strength is the Strength trainers for the Ottawa 67s as well as a large number of NHL and CFL players.
Individualized programs will be developed based on their structural balance evaluation and consultation. Results are used to create a personalized program that is more specific to the players needs and goals. Training for the individual program can be up to 6 days per week depending on the athlete and the program design.
There is also a per team program that includes two coaches that can be run on a once per week basis.
For more details check out their website: http://www.canadianstrength.com/?page_id=1017--
If you would like more details, please reach out to Natasha and reference that your daughter plays in the OGHA.
Hello OGHA members,
Registration is now open for the OGHA’s 2019/20 hockey season! Please log in to your family account on the OGHA website to register. For assistance with the registration process, please consult our “How to register a player in the OGHA” instruction sheet or contact the registrar at email@example.com.
If you have registered with the OGHA in any season since 2014/15, you need not create a new family account. Please use your previous login information (Email ID & password). If you have forgotten your login information, please contact us.
For more information on registration fees, tryout fees, deadlines for payment of fees and our refund policy, please consult the Registration page on the website.
For players interested in our competitive stream of hockey, please be advised that spring tryouts for the AA, A and B teams are scheduled for mid-April (OWHA will not permit any earlier start). Participants must register for the tryouts and pay the tryout fee prior to stepping on the ice.
Tryouts for the remaining competitive teams will take place during the week after Labour day weekend followed by House League sort-outs that begin on Saturday September 7.
Thank you in advance for registering early. Doing so helps us to determine how many teams to plan for and how much ice time to buy for the upcoming season. Your membership in the OGHA is very much appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The first 50 registrants will get an OGHA Swag bag.
Yours in Girls Hockey
President, Ottawa Girls Hockey Association