The “Initiation Program” U5/U7 program is a hockey program designed for 3-6 year olds. It is Hockey Canada’s premiere “Learn to Play” program and is the foundation of skills development for all hockey in the West Lorne Minor Hockey
The goal is to make a child’s first contact with hockey a fun, safe, and positive experience. The fun, non-competitive environment allows beginners to learn age appropriate skills and become contributing members of a team, develop confidence, and experience personal achievement.
The Initiation Program (U5/U7) promotes the belief that if the introduction to hockey is a positive one, the players will develop a lifetime love of the game.
Cross-ice / half-ice hockey play is part of the initiation program.
The goals and objectives of Initiation Program (U5/U7) hockey programming are to:
· Teach all of the basic skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game
· Assist in the 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 the aspects of fitness, fair play and co-operation while having fun playing the game.
· Age-Appropriate - Designed practice and game play that is appropriate to the age, size and skill level of the participant
For information on funding for new/first year Initiation Program registrants, click here.
Does my child need to know how to Skate to be part of the Initiation Program (U5/U7)?
At West Lorne Minor Hockey we are committed to all skill levels. The ability to skate is not a pre-requisite in order to participate in the Initiation Program. Practices will allow for time to work on skating. Children should be able to stand on skates on their own at a minimum.
Keep in mind, if your child does have some skating experience, this means their practice time will be used to focus more on hockey skills and get more out of the team play.
The West Elgin Skating Club offers many options for Learn to Skate programs.