INITIATION PROGRAM FOR 2013 & 2014 PLAYERS!!, News (Orillia Girls Hockey Association)

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INITIATION PROGRAM FOR 2013 & 2014 PLAYERS!!
Submitted By Executive on Friday, September 13, 2019
The Orillia Girls Hockey Association is excited to announce the implementation of an Initiation Program (IP) for players born in 2013 and 2014.  The Program will run at 5pm on Monday’s at Rotary Place as well as another day and time that has yet to be determined. The cost of this program is $500. 

Even if you aren’t sure if your daughter is interested…REACH OUT…the Hawks have equipment to borrow to help you save on the cost of equipment while your daughter tests the frozen waters.




Beginning in the 2017-18 season, Hockey Canada is implementing a new policy that mandates cross-ice/half-ice hockey for players at the Initiation age level (traditionally 5- and 6-year-olds).

While the policy making it mandatory is new, half-ice/cross-ice hockey has been part of the Initiation Program since it was first developed more than 35 years ago. The purpose of the IP is to introduce the basic skills of the game, and make a child’s first introduction to the game one that is safe, enjoyable, and fun.

The program is based with the players' development in mind and to make children's first contact with hockey a fun, safe and positive experience. It's 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 success of the Initiation Program is measured by the level of development young players achieve. To optimize those levels of development, it is necessary for dedicated adults to play a large role as effective leaders and teachers who will create a challenging and motivating environment for the player.

The goals, philosophy and objectives of the program are:

1.    Teaching basic hockey skills so players can enjoy the game.

2.    Assisting in development and enhancement of basic motor patterns.

3.    Developing and encouraging the concept of team, through player participation in on and office activities.

4.    To implement fitness, fair play and cooperation aspects within the fun of the game.


Please direct any questions to OGHA President, Darrin Dunn @ [email protected] or OGHA Vice President, Anne Foley @ [email protected] 

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