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The Initiation Program (IP) is a hockey program for four, five and six-year-olds. In a fun, non-competitive environment, the players learn hockey skills and fair play, with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem and self-confidence. The IP Program promotes the belief that if the introduction to hockey is a positive one, the players will develop a lifetime love of the game.

Initiation Program Objectives

  • To provide children an opportunity to learn and develop hockey Fundamentals and Fitness in an environment of Fun and Fair play (The Four F's)

  • Making hockey a very positive and fun-filled experience

  • Having fun in a physical activity

  • Learning the basic skills needed to play hockey

  • Creating and refining basic motor patterns

  • Learning the concepts of cooperating and fair play

  • Developing an understanding of teamwork

  • Build self-esteem in the players' minds

  • Develop all the players to the fullest and encouraging



ERINDALE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION'S
VERSION OF THE HOCKEY CANADA'S
INITIATION PROGRAM


This is a hockey program for four, five and six-year-olds. In a fun, non-competitive environment, the players learn hockey skills and fair play, with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem and self-confidence. We believe if the introduction to hockey is a positive one, the players will develop a lifetime life long love of the game. All games and practices are held at Erin Mills Twin Arena, 3205 Unity Drive, Mississauga. Each player has a 45 to 50-minute practice once a week on Friday evening. All practices planned and skills are introduced in a progressive manner. We try to maintain a good ratio of qualified volunteer instructors to players. This allows us to attend to the individual requirements of the players. All of our instructors must attend a clinic that focuses on skill analysis and development, lesson organization, and communication.

Games are on Saturday, starting around 7:30 am. Each player has equal ice time. To build self-confidence they play against children of an equal skill level. No scores or individual stats are kept. The emphasis is on participation and skills development, not winning. The season starts in late September and runs through to March. Boys and girls who are residents of Mississauga and are five years of age are eligible. No prior skating or hockey experience is required. Registration is limited to 192 players. Each player receives a team jersey and a pair of hockey socks.

For more information, go to the Initiation Program section of the website or contact Scott Hewlitt, the Initiation Program Convenor at ipconvenor@erindalehockey.com