THE CDS PROGRAM: U7, U8, U9
Season 2022/23: for players born 2014, 2015, & 2016 (tryouts in the fall)
For players born in 2016, 2015, or 2014 the LHA offers a Competitive Development Stream (CDS) program focussing on age-appropriate incremental player development in accordance with the Hockey Canada and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Player Development Model and the GTHL Initiation Program.
The Competitive Development Stream program is an extension of Hockey School (2015, 2016) or House League (2014). A player registered in Hockey School or House League in these age groups may try out for a CDS team.
A player must be registered for either Hockey School or House League to be eligible to attend tryouts. Our tryouts are run by a third-party invigilator. No teams are selected or spots offered prior to tryouts, with the exception of (1) the player of the Head Coach, and (2) the player of one other team staff member as designated by the Head Coach. For further clarity, Head Coaches are prohibited from recruiting or offering spots to players prior to the tryout evaluation. There will be three assessment sessions for each player, with the first two being general and the third invite-only based on the evaluation during the first two tryouts for each team.
In addition to the Hockey School or House League program, players in CDS participate in one or two additional practices per week and play approximately one weekly development game against CDS teams from five neighbouring hockey associations: Don Mills, Forest Hill, North Toronto, North York, and Scarborough. The CDS league expects to begin regular games sometime in November. As well, CDS teams might participate in tournaments or festivals throughout the season.
Competitive Development Stream development games follow the gameplay structure of the OHF Player Development Model. For detailed information about the CDS structure from this past season, please see the CDS Program Guide.
The operation of our CDS Division is overseen by the GM of Select Hockey. For more information on our CDS program, please see the CDS FAQs or contact our Select Coordinator, Catherine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GM of Select Hockey:
Andrew Kennedy email@example.com