House League: TYKE Division
OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE HUMBER VALLEY HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
Ages: players born in 2011, 2012 and 2013 Times / locations: 1. Saturdays between 8:30am and 3:00pm at Long Branch Arena from late-September to mid-March.  2. Each session is expected to be one hour and 15 minutes in duration and will consist of a practice followed by a game. 3. Between December and March there will be optional outdoor games (“shinny”) at certain outdoor rinks (see below). Cost: $675.00   The Humber Valley Advantage! 1. The Junior Development Program Humber Valley follows the Hockey Canada Long Term Development Program, a world-class program that combines fun with age- appropriate skill development. 2. More ice time   We limit our teams to two lines instead of three…less time on the bench, more time on the ice!  And fewer players means more attention during practices. 3. Amazing volunteer coaches All coaches receive training from our Technical Director and full support from our organization. 4. Bonus outdoor ice Old-time hockey!  Kids love to play shinny outside in a safe, controlled environment.  We have weekly ice times for each team starting in December, attendance is optional. The Tyke Program: The primary goal of the Tyke Program is FUN, while teaching kids the great game of hockey. In the early part of the season the sessions will be focused on hockey skills and small-sided games under of the direction of the club’s Technical Director (note however that we are not a “learn to skate” program). Humber Valley follows the Hockey Canada Long Term Development Program, a structured curriculum that combines age-appropriate skill development with fun games. After an assessment of skills and experience, the players will be divided into two divisions, a “Tyke” division (more experienced) and a “Mite” division (less experienced) to ensure that all players will have success in game situations.    In addition to the regular Saturday program, the Tykes will have the option of Sunday morning outdoor shinny games between the months of December and March at Humber Valley and Westway outdoor rinks. While completely optional, these outdoor games have proven to be incredibly popular with kids. Old-time pond hockey… the roots of hockey in Canada!   And finally, our Technical Director is planning on running weekly mid-week powerskating and hockey skills sessions for those interested in extra development. Times and dates are TBD.   Our goal is to maximize ice time in game situations and have individual player attention during practices. Please note that we need to cap our number of players for the Tyke division, as we strive to have 14 or fewer players per team (ideally 12 or 13). Please register early as we are on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers The heart and soul of our program is our amazing volunteer coaches! We provide support and training to these coaches through our Technical Director. If you are interested in coaching, please email info@hvhv.org
Please click on the following link ‘HOCKEY EQUIPMENT FITTING GUIDE’ to view/download a helpful guide for the proper fitting of hockey equipment for your player.