MINOR NOVICE & INITIATION PROGRAM
As of last year - Tyke is now being called MINOR NOVICE (U8) and NOVICE (U9) will be going to
INITIATION PROGRAM (IP) and MINOR NOVICE – The intent of this program is to introduce our children to organized hockey. This is a great program where you will be amazed at the progress your kids make. They will start barely being able to skate, and finish playing hockey! The primary focus will be on skating, with puck handling and other hockey skills being introduced as the progress. The age categories are as follows:
IP (U7) – 4-6 years old
Minor Novice (U8) – 7 years old and potentially some experienced 6 year olds
Full equipment is required. Kids will be organized by experience level. There will generally be 2 practices a week running from end-September to early March. Half-ice and Cross Ice Games will be introduced at Christmas. It is recommended that kids be able to stand up unassisted on skates before registering for IP and/or Minor Novice.
Visit our REGISTRATION PAGE for more information on fees & how to register
Click Here to view the OMHA Novice and Below Programming Guide
What is IP?
IP stands for Initiation Program. It is also referred to as “Timbits” Hockey as Tim Hortons provides all the kids with free jerseys. It’s for 1st time hockey players. The program is an OMHA mandated program, the goal of which 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, and culminates with a scrimmage. (Please refer to the OMHA website at www.omha.net for further information on the program).
How old must my child be?
Age is not the real criteria. Maturity is the better yardstick. Each year we accept a few who have not reached their 4th birthday, and they generally do well.
Does my child need all of the hockey equipment?
Yes, your child must have full hockey gear including neck guard & mouth guard.
Does my child get to keep the Timbits Jersey at the end of the season?
Yes. Players will keep their jerseys and socks.
My child can’t really skate, just walks on ice. Can they go into IP?
Yes, your child is welcome. We’ll do our best, (depending on availability of volunteer on-ice coaches), to give him/her enough personal instruction to catch up to the others.
My child cries, and doesn’t want to go on the ice. What should I do?
You know your child better than we do, but we are willing to work with a child who cries, and find successes for them. We usually succeed within a few weeks. The most important thing, is to communicate with us, so we know what the issues are, and how everybody (including you), is feeling about the progress.
Should my daughter be playing in a boy's league, or in a girl's league?
All of Frontenac Programs are co-ed. Last year approximately 22% of IP players were girls.
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. If you only want to help your child, that’s fine, but don’t frustrate yourself. In many cases, the child will respond better to a non-parent instructor. If you’re having doubts, please speak with us about it.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact IP/Minor Novice Coordinator - Kelsey Shulist
Full Season IP & Minor Novice - $345 + Fundraising (see online registration for details)
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.