TYKE - LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM
The Tyke program is unique because it begins with a "Learn to Play" format before moving into team game format. GBHA Instructors support players and parents to proved a terrific learning environment. Instructors and 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 tiers allowing all players to enjoy 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.
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 Tier One (from Old Timers and Veterans levels)
- Tyke Tier Two (mainly Rookies and Prospects)
LOTS OF HOCKEY - LOTS OF FUN!
HOCKEY CANADA MANDATES CROSS-ICE PLAY
Players born in 2012 or 2013 who are Select level skaters/ players.
Players born in 2012 & 2013 that are decent skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born in 2012 and 2013 that are unassisted skaters with some hockey experience.
Players born 2012/2013/2014 who are beginners 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 GBHA Instructors.