Important Changes to Novice House League programming for the 2018/2019 season

Novice House League 2018/2019 (birth years 2011, 2010)

For the upcoming 2018/2019 season the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is implementing a half ice program that will affect players 7 and 8 years of age (birth years 2011 and 2010).  All minor hockey associations are required to switch to a half ice format for their Tyke and Novice programs.  (Our Tyke program already follows this format).  This format change will align with the Hockey Canada modified ice mandate which comes into effect for the 2019/2020 hockey season.

The goal of switching to half ice is to modify Novice programming to be more age appropriate. Players will be practicing and playing games on half the ice surface in an effort to promote players’ stick handling, skating, passing, and shooting skills before they progress to play on a full ice surface at 8 years of age and above.

The Ted Reeve Hockey Association supports this initiative and has already purchased the necessary equipment to fulfill the requirements of the program for the 2018/2019 season.  In the 2018/2019 season, only Minor Novice (2011) are required to use the half ice format.  However, since we combine Minor Novice and Novice (2010) into one division, our Novice players will also follow the half-ice format.  Please note: In the event that our registration numbers in Novice (2010) are high enough that we can offer a full-ice program for Novice in the upcoming season we will do so.  But in the following 2019/2020 season all Novice programming will be half ice.

In our Select program Minor Novice (2011) will play their Select games on half ice and Novice (2010) will play full ice in the 2018/2019 season.

For more information on this initiative and its proposed implementation, please click on the following links to access the GTHL and OHF’s websites which outline the mandate and provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

www.gthlcanada.com/initiation-program-cross-icehalf-ice-hockey/

http://www.ohf.on.ca/view/ohfmainsite/news-1338/news_496608

Please read the information about the program at the links provided above and if you still have questions please contact us.