TYKE - LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM
The Tyke program is very unique because it begins with a "Learn to Play" format before moving into team game format. Please note that this NOT a Learn to Skate program. Instead, PARENTS are able to work with their child during the first 8-10 weeks sessions in order to get their players to a level where they are independently walking/skating and can join in the ‘Learn to Play’ practices.
In addition, when the sessions move to team play, our House League program is divided into higher level 'Titans' and lower level 'Olympians' division allowing all players to enjoy some success in game situations as they continue to learn to skate and acquire basic hockey skills.
The goal of the Tyke program is FUN! FUN! FUN!
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
From mid-September until the end of November (approx. 8-10 weeks) the Tykes participate in the “Learn to Play" portion of the program. Players are divided into one of four different groups based on skill. These are fluid groups and you can move between them to find the appropriate level for your player. These sessions focus on developing skills at a pace and intensity appropriate for the needs of each group.
Please note: Since we do not have enough volunteers to work with all of these players, it is expected that a parent will join them on the ice for the duration of the Learn to Play sessions or until the player is able to skate independently and join the instructional group. The ice surface is divided so that parents can work with their child on one half of the ice and those ready to follow basic instruction can join the instructor on the other half of the ice.
Players are divided into teams at the end of November or early in December and are allocated into the appropriate tier according to skill level:
- Tyke Titan Tier (from Old Timers and Veterans levels)
- Tyke Olympian Tier (mainly Rookies and Prospects)
We will play cross-ice games until March Break, meaning all players are on the ice for their full session. Lots of hockey! Lots of fun!
Games will replace the Learn to Play sessions and continue until April.
HOCKEY CANADA MANDATES CROSS-ICE PLAY
Players born in 2011 or 2012 who are Select level skaters/ players.
Players born in 2011 & 2012 that are decent skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born in 2011 and 2012 that are unassisted skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born 2011/2012/2013 who are beginner skaters with little to no hockey experience.
OUTDOOR SKILL SESSIONS - HIGH PARK
In addition to the weekend games there will be a mid-week skills session for approximately 11 weeks from mid-December to March. The sessions are run according to the "Learn to Play" levels. The days and times of these sessions will not be available until early December and are weather dependent. Outdoor sessions are run by House League coaches.