2023-2024 Season Information and Fees:
- Sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons at National Training Rinks - Barrie (120 Big Bay Point Road)
- Season start: October 1, 2023 (tentative)
- Season end: March 2, 2022 (to be confirmed)
- Holiday Breaks: no sessions on October 8 (Thanksgiving), December 24 or 31 (Christmas/New Years Eve)
- Registration Fees: $425
- Age Groups (for the 2023-24 season): Players born in 2017, 2018
For 2023-2024, FUNdamentals is planned to run with a minimum of 12 players to a maximum of 20 players per session, at NTR on Sunday afternoons.
- Fundamentals registrations include a $193 amount that covers each player’s portion of league overhead and administration costs - including: association expenses (rent, salaries, etc.); OWHA registration and Hockey Canada insurance for players and team officials; This portion of the registration fee is 100% non-refundable once the season begins.
FUNdamentals is a great way to introduce young players to Canada's favourite game!
The Hockey Canada Initiation Program has been designed to make the first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. It is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program designed to introduce beginners to the game's basic skills. It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play.
The Initiation Program is a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal modified games. The program consists of four phases of instruction, designed for any entry-level hockey player, which introduce the skills of skating, passing, puck control and shooting in a progressive, one-step-at-a-time manner.
Initiation Program Objectives:
- A comprehensive program for the development of young children as hockey players.
- The focus is on skill development and fun without the pressures of winning.
- It aims to create participants and instructors who will continue in the game.
- The motto is Fun, Fitness and Fair Play.
Starting with the 2017-18 season Hockey Canada mandated that "Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces." Consistent with this policy, our Fundamentals program will held on the smaller ice surfaces at National Training Rinks once again this season. Read more about Hockey Canada's Age-Appropriate Programming Policy.
The main goal is to make the beginner’s first impression of hockey a good one! When players get started on a positive note, they automatically enjoy the game and usually go on to have fun playing hockey for many years.
We are looking for coaches for our FUNdamentals program. We also need other volunteers including on ice helpers and female team trainers. If you are interested in any of these positions reach out to Director of House League at: [email protected].
For questions about our FUNdamentals program, please contact [email protected]