Who Can Play U7 Initiation?
- Any child turning 4 on or before December 31 of the current season can register. The U7 division for is for players ages 4, 5 and 6.
- Never skated? No problem! Our program is designed to teach young players skating fundamentals including balance, stride, turning and stopping; all in a fun and supportive environment. Our instructors work with each player, and before you know it, they will be blazing a trail up and down the ice.
Respect in Sport Parent Program
One parent/guardian per household will need to have completed the Respect in Sport Parent program before their child is placed on a team. A link to this program can be found on our website under “Quick Links”. This course only needs to be completed once.
Each team will need a parent representative to act as the point of contact for that team and disseminate information from the NMHA to the team and vice-versa. The parent representative can also choose to help on ice or behind the bench. Additional parent volunteers are encouraged to ensure proper supervision of the players on and off the ice. All volunteers participating on-ice, behind the bench, or in the change rooms will need a valid police record check (vulnerable sector), as well as both the Respect in Sport Activity Leader and Gender Identity and Expression online programs. Teams will also require a Safety Officer to ensure COVID-19 screening processes are followed, and accurate attendance records are kept. People interested in volunteering with their child’s U7 team can email U7.firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Does Hockey Season Start and How Long is the Season?
There will be an OPTIONAL skate for first-time players in early September. Once available, the schedule will be posted to the NMHA website at www.Nepeanhockey.on.ca. Timeslots will be alphabetical. The Respect in Sport Parent Program must be completed along with registration, and full hockey equipment to participate.
The season will begin the last week of September/first week of October, and last approximately through the first or second weekend of April.
What is the Schedule?
Approximately two hours per week as follows:
- To start, one practice per week on the weekend. The times and location will vary. Practices will be 50 minutes in duration.
- Close to the end of November/beginning of December, a mini-game will be added. These games are played cross-ice and can be played on the weekend, or early evening on a weeknight. Games will be 50 minutes in duration.
How are the Players Divided Among Teams?
In a typical hockey season, teams are split between “U7-1” and “U7-2” depending on player experience. Players new to hockey will generally fall into U7-1 and players with a year or two of hockey under their belt will generally play U7-2. This allows the instructors to focus the drills and lessons appropriate to the skill set, and the players to grow and develop as a group. U7-2 players will have an opportunity to try out goaltending equipment and receive some goalie-specific instruction.
Questions? Email U7.Director.House@NepeanMinorHockey.ca
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