Updates to CYO's U9 Programming for 2022-2023, News (CYO Minor Hockey)

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Jun 15, 2022 | CYO President | 743 views
Updates to CYO's U9 Programming for 2022-2023
This coming season, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) has made adjustments to the REP hockey classifications, replacing the MD category with non-contact B and BB rep hockey for U10 and up. As U9 was excluded from this change to rep, CYO will be ramping up our U9 program to ensure our U9 players have an equal opportunity to grown and develop.

CYO's programming supports and follows the Hockey Canada U9 pathways program which focuses on skill development in a half-ice environment. The U9 Hockey Canada Player Pathway is designed especially for 7 and 8 year olds. The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined one step at a time with a focus on fun and skill development.

The CYO season will begin after Labour Day, with warm-up skates to get the feet moving, then evaluation sessions, followed by balanced team creation, development and practices, then half-ice 4-on-4 games until January. In January, we will transition to full-ice 5-on-5. Our U9 division is usually 2 hours of ice per week - 1 hour Saturday and 1 hour Sunday. (* exceptions can be weeks with holidays or blackout tournament dates from city facilities). All our schedules are posted on the CYO website.

Teams will be balanced based on the evaluation periods, and players with similar abilities will be grouped together to ensure targeted development. For example, a group who need a little help with stopping can get a dedicated set of drills to assist with learning that skill.

2022-2023 Tournaments

U9 teams and players are encouraged to participate in tournaments and jambourees during the season (up to 4 allowed). CYO is hosting the Kevin Fegan Memorial House League Tournament in February, which will be a full-ice 5-on-5 tournament, and includes teams from across Ontario. There is also our CYO Championship Weekend, with the opportunity for the winning team to advance to provincials (the Alliance Championships). House League teams are also able to enter 2 other tournaments or jambourees (e.g. over Christmas or March Break).

U9 Select Travel

For players that are looking for a more competitive environment, tryouts for the U9 Select level travel team (the CYO Storm) will be held in the fall. Select is in addition to house league, with exhibition games set up against other select level teams. The select travel loop can include Fort Erie, Jordan, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, and Kitchener.

U9 Division Convenors

Another addition to our U9 programming is be the addition of division convenors, who will help oversee the U9 programming across all the U9 teams to ensure consistency in practice plans, skill development, and team balance. Our convenors are certified coaches and have played at high levels of hockey (i.e., AAA, Junior B, OUA) and they will work directly with our administrators to ensure consistency and balance.

Additional Development Clinics

If there is enough interest, CYO will also look to host goalie and skater development ice in 2022-2023.

Registration for house league programming will be opening soon! If you have any questions about the programming or setup, email [email protected]
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