U8 & U9 (Formerly Minor Novice and Novice) Division Mandate for the 2020-2021 Hockey Season
Evaluation Skates are typically scheduled in September each year. These skates ensure an equitable division of skill on local league teams.
U8 & U9 (Formerly Minor Novice & Novice)
The U9 Player Pathway is both a progression for the five and six-year-old player that participated in the U7 Program as well as an entry point for other seven and eight-year-old children looking to gain the skills to enjoy hockey.
- To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity.
- To learn the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey.
- To develop and refine basic motor patterns.
- To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.
Implementation for the 2020-2021 Season
Playing Surface (REQUIREMENT)
- All U9 will be played at half-ice or a maximum size of 100 feet by 85 feet (100x85).
- Eight-year-olds and mixed programming may transition to full ice from January 15 to April.
Player Evaluations, Selections, Tryouts (REQUIREMENT)
- No tiering or evaluations during the off-season phase (previous season, including March through August).
- Must offer a minimum of four (4) practice/skill sessions prior to formal tiering or evaluations beginning.
- Must have a minimum of three (3) formal evaluation sessions.
Half-Ice Game Play Rules (REQUIREMENT)
- 4-on-4 format.
- 50-minute game length. Two periods with a run-time clock.
- Timed buzzer or whistle for line changes, shift length not to exceed two minutes.
- Minimum of one official.
- No score, standings or stats are kept.
- Blue or black puck used.
- Net size – 3x4 or 4x6.
Fair and Equal Ice Time (REQUIREMENT)
- All players and goaltenders should receive fair and as close to equal as possible ice time.
- Positional Rotation:
- All players play all positions (RECOMMENDATION)
- No full-time goaltenders. (RECOMMENDATION)
- All players have the option to play goal at least once. (RECOMMENDATION)
- There are no playoffs in U9.
Seasonal Structure (REQUIREMENT)
- Preparation Phase (up to 4 Weeks)
Development Phase (up to 8 weeks)
- See Player Evaluations/Tryouts above.
Development and Regular Season Phase (Up to 20 weeks)
- Teams must have a period of development time following tryouts prior to the start of the regular season.
Tournament are Jamboree Format (Not allowed due to Covid)
- Recommended maximum of 40 games per year (includes exhibition, league and tournaments) (RECOMMENDED)
- Seasonal Breaks – season should allow for two seasonal breaks of a minimum of five days without a scheduled game or mandatory practice. (RECOMMENDED)
Offseason Phase (end of season to August)
- Jamboree engages players in a fun environment. Games may or may not be competitive and the emphasis is on fun and fair play, no standings are kept.
The full player pathways details and documents for U9 can be found here. https://www.ohf.on.ca/players/player-pathways/u9-player-pathway
Last updated: April 13, 2020