Initiation Program 6 (2013) to Novice (2011) Competitive Development Stream
For players entering the Initiation Program 6 (IP6), formerly Tyke, (2012) and Minor Novice (2011) years, the LHA will be offering a Competitive Development Stream program focusing on long term 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 and will be available to players registered in Hockey School in these age groups on a tryout basis. Information on the OHF Player Development Model and the game play structure discussed below may be found here. Information on the GTHL Initiation Program and the benefits of modified ice hockey may be found here.
In addition to the Hockey School program, players in the Competitive Development Stream will participate in one or two additional practices per week and will play approximately one weekly development game (20-25 games per season) against Competitive Development Stream teams from three neighboring hockey associations: North Toronto, North York and Forest Hill. As well, Competitive Development Stream teams may participate in tournaments or festivals throughout the season.
Competitive Development Stream development games will follow the game play structure of the OHF Player Development Model. An overview is set out below and more detail on specific game formats will be provided prior to the start of the season.
- Rosters of 18 players (16 skaters, 2 goalies)
- Goalies will rotate in IP6 and may be designated in Minor Novice
- During game play teams will be divided into two squads of 9 players (8 skaters, 1 goalie)
- Two games will be played simultaneously in a 4 v. 4 format (plus goalie)
- IP6 games will be played in a cross-ice format and Minor Novice games will be played in a half-ice format
- Novice games will change to full-ice format after the Christmas break
- 44 minute games consisting of two 22 minute run time periods
- Line changes at 1 or 2 minute buzzers
- Games will be officiated
- No scores, standings or playoffs
Competitive Development Stream development games will begin in October after Thanksgiving, and will not be scheduled over holidays or during the public school system March Break.