U9 (formerly Novice)
For kids aged 7-8
U9 builds on the basic hockey skills players learned in U7, but players do NOT have to have taken U7 to join the association. Everyone is welcome! U9 makes sure that the game is a safe and positive experience, introducing, reviewing, or refining basic skills. Players learn and practice:
- Puck handling
- Shooting and passing
- Basic hockey rules
- Basic hockey strategy
- Building friendships and learning teamwork skills
In U9 players are classed in groups 1-4 and play against other Minor Hockey Associations in our league (Central Hockey League (CHL)) which includes Lakeshore Hockey, Pierrefonds Hockey, Dollard Hockey, Association Hockey Mineur Ile Perrot, and Association Hockey Mineur Hockey Vaudreuil-Dorion. Practices may be held Friday early evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays as early as 7am. The schedule changes weekly.
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➡️ Playing with peers of the same level fosters an environment where the chances of success are balanced, reinforcing confidence and exploring social dynamics.
➡️ This approach ensures that the child remains engaged, motivated and happy in their sporting journey, where the exploration of skills and social relationships co-exist in an enriching way.
➡️ In a training session or lesson, grouping players according to skill level also makes the coach’s job much easier, since he or she can more easily adapt the level of difficulty of exercises according to the players’ skills.