IP Tyke (Frontenac Minor Hockey)

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The intent of learn to skate is to teach children how to skate.  It is open to all ages.  Hockey equipment is not required but is allowed. A helmet is mandatory.  These sessions normally run once a week for an 8-10 week period.  This program is designed for families interested in getting their children confident on skates but not quite sure if they want to commit to playing hockey.  Parents are encouraged to come on the ice with their children.  At any time during the program you can transfer to our Tyke/IP program at a pro-rated fee

IP players are 5 & 6 years old and generally in their first year of hockey.  Tyke players are 7 years old and usually have some previous hockey experience.  Younger players who can stand up on skates unassisted are welcome. All players are evaluated at the beginning of the year and grouped according to age and experience.  

Practices are in full equipment and a CSA approved certified hockey helmet with full face cage are required

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the Initiation Program (IP) and Tyke Program

IP/TYKE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What do IP and Tyke Programs have in common?
All players are evaluated at the beginning of the year and are placed where we think they will benefit the most. The number of teams depends on the number of participants and the number of volunteers available (e.g. coaches, managers and trainers) per OMHA rules. Teams strictly practice until January, use a blue puck and are eligible to participate in a maximum of two tournaments.

What is IP?
IP is for first time hockey players. The goal is to teach hockey players, skating and hockey skills in a controlled environment. Each session consists of a series of skating and puck handling drills outlined by Hockey Canada ( http://www.hockeycanada.ca/ ). Half ice games are played in house to give kids game experience with the emphasis being placed on FUN (e.g. no scoreboard or rules).

What is Tyke?
IP is for first time hockey players or second year players that still need a bit of extra time to develop.  The Tyke program is for kids in their second or third year of hockey that are ready for more advanced drills outlined by Hockey Canada ( http://www.hockeycanada.ca/ ) and for first year players that have a good handle on skating. Tyke teams usually play games starting in January against other smaller associations such as Loyalist, Stone Mills, Gananoque and Deseronto. Winning is not the goal, improving hockey skills and having FUN is the goal of this program.
When is IP and Tyke?
Usually runs from mid-September until late March. Ice times are Saturday and Sunday mornings between the hours of 8am and 10am.  This depends on how many players are registered and how many teams there are to accommodate. 
How old must my child be?
We have had children as young as 3 participate in the IP program.
Does my child need all of the hockey equipment?
Yes, your child must have full hockey gear including neck guard & mouth guard.
My child can’t really skate that well.  Can we still sign up?
Yes, your child is welcome to try. An alternative is to begin with the Learn to Skate Program available on Saturday mornings. As your child’s skating progresses your child can advance to an IP team in-year.
Can I go on the ice with my child?
Yes, our program is built around volunteerism, and we need 8 to 10 coaches on the ice to give proper instruction and support. You must wear skates, hockey gloves, and helmet. You don’t need to be a hockey “expert” to be a big help. Much of the work involves managing a child’s self-confidence. Frontenac Minor Hockey Association is happy to reimburse any Coaching Certification needed to roster teams or trainers.
Can my child move up from IP to Tyke?
Yes this is possible during the year as we are aware that some kids tend to develop faster than others.  If you think that he/she would benefit more from one program than the other please feel free to talk to the coaches.  There is a deadline for roster changes with the OMHA that we must meet, usually at the beginning of January.
Who can I contact because my question is not mentioned above?
Send an email to the IP / Tyke coordinator: [email protected]


2018/19 Full Season Tyke IP -  $295 + Fundraising (see online registration for details)


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Tyke/IP Coordinator Jeff Peck at: [email protected]

For any registration related questions please contact: [email protected]

Financial Assistance is available through FMHA bursary program, to learn more please contact: [email protected]
Financial Assistance is also available through Jumpstart OR Kidsport, families should only apply to ONE not both.
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