ORHC Initiation Program (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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IP Initiation Program

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What is the Initiation Program?
A program specially designed for 4, 5, and 6 year olds, the Initiation Program introduces kids to the love, joy, and passion that is hockey!!

  • A comprehensive program for the development of young children as hockey players
  • The main focus is on development and "Fun"
  • Aims to create participants and instructors who will continue in the game
  • Resources include weekly lesson plans and an Instructors Manual
  • All on ice Lead Instructors must attend an Initiation Program instructors Certification Clinic, and be IP Certified to instruct

The IP program is about "KIDS" - Keeping Initial Development Simple. It's hockey for the FUN of it! The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club was instrumental in the implementation of the OMHA's IP Program well over 10 years ago. The methodology is proven and we enroll over 300 kids ages 4 to 6 each year. The development between September and the Gala Day event in March is very evident for all skill levels.



Who is it for and what does it consist of?

  • This is a Hockey Program for the 4, 5, and 6 year old age group
  • The program follows the OMHA recommendations for ages below Novice
  • The program is also known as the "Cross Ice" program
  • The program consists of 40+ hours of skating skills development and hockey stick/puck skills development
  • Your child does not need to know how to skate to join this program! The IP Program can be a great alternative to other skating programs!
  • For the younger ages (4 and 5) it is a great alternative to other skating programs if your son or daughter is not yet ready to try hockey! For age 6, we would recommend you join the Hockey Skills Program which may help in the basics of skating. As the season progresses we may be able to pull you player into the Hockey Initiation Program stream.


The Program & Divisions
A week or two prior to the start of the season the ORHC will be holding the Fall Evaluations. Following these evaluations all of the kids in the IP Program will be split in to one of the divisions based on their current skill and development:

  • Jr. Timbits
  • Initiation
  • Pre-Tyke

Once the season begins there will be continuous player assessment by the Lead Instructors, the Coaches, and the Convenors. Balancing can occur in the first six weeks of the season. If movement to another division or team would be beneficial for the player (including moving 4 year olds up to play with the 5 and 6 year olds) it would be discussed as a group, including the parents, and the movement will be completed.

And at the end of the season the players will have some fun showcasing their new skills at the the Year End Festival, capped off with the IP Gala!! Additionally, teams will also have the opportunity (optional) to participate in the ORHC's Shrink The Rink IP Hockey Festival! - great food, fun & games, and hockey of course! Both on the ice and Mini Sticks!


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Jr. Timbits
All 4 year olds start out in the Jr. Timbits Division. This program will consist of 20 one hour sessions - an evaluation skate is held in early September to gauge the skill levels of the participants and ensure this program is the right one for them. The focus for this age is primarily learning to skate and as the season progresses, learn to play. The season finishes with a Gala Day in early March.

Note: If both the league and the player's parents agree that a 4 year old is ready, they can be moved into the 5-6 year old Divisions below


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Initiation
This program splits participants into two divisions based on their Fall Evaluation: IP White and IP Red. The program consists of:

  • 22 practice/skills sessions (one hour each session)
  • 22 practice/skill sessions & hockey scrimmages (one hour each session, split into two 30-minute segments)
    • Note that this division will scrimmage on 1/3 ice

Scheduled ice times will be on one set weeknight for practices, one evening per week, and a practice / scrimmage on Sundays. Exact schedule times to be determined and posted before season start.


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Pre-Tyke
The Pre-Tyke program consists of:

  • 22 practice/skills sessions (one hour each session)
  • 22 hockey scrimmages (one hour each session)
    • Note that this division will scrimmage on 1/2 ice

Scheduled ice times will be on one set weeknight for practices, one evening per week, and a practice / scrimmage on Sundays. Exact schedule times to be determined and posted before season start.



Are All Initiation Programs the Same?
The ORHC provides a Certified Hockey Initiation Program under the auspices of Hockey Canada. We ensure that all our Lead Instructors are certified under the official program and follow the Hockey Canada Initiation Program manuals and guidelines. Further, these skills are passed onto the coaches, so as they move up into other hockey streams the proper player development continues. The Coaches and Lead Instructors are largely made up of ORHC Volunteers, most of which are parents just like you. The ORHC provides access to the Training and Certification programs required at little to no cost to the Volunteer.

More on ORHC Lead Instructors for the Initiation Program
All Lead Instructors on ice in the ORHC Initiation Program have attended a Hockey Canada approved clinic with at least six hours of class time followed by a two hour on ice session. This includes running a "typical ice session", refining Teaching Skills, Skills Analysis, etc. Classroom time is focuses on Leadership, Communication, Growth & Development, Teaching Skills, Skills Analysis, and Lesson Organization.

All on ice Instruction Personnel, with the exception of the Lead Instructor, are volunteers and not paid Instructors



Cross Ice Description
This program is being used by thousands of communities around the world. The emphasis is on fun while spending time on development. At this age group, there will be more opportunity for all players to handle the puck and learn to skate. During the Sunday sessions, Coaches will lead their teams in one hour sessions, splitting the time on:

  • Organized OMHA lesson plans for stick/puck/skating development
  • Semi-formal cross ice hockey games

For the hour-long practice session, the program will be conducted by the Lead instructor on a bi-weekly basis, following the Canadian Hockey Initiation Program (CHIP). This is a program designed by Hockey Canada which:

  • Develops fundamental skating skills
  • Guides and trains coaches on leading practices to develop fundamental skating skills

This part of the program helps to introduce, develop, and organize the coaching skills of the Coaches as a guide to lead team practices through the entire season, at the same time developing fundamental skating skills for young hockey players. This helps develop the newer Coaches as well as providing lesson plans and exercises that will be valuable for many years of coaching.

The Initiation Program Instructors works closely on-ice with the Coaches and Assistant Coaches to a point whereby, progressively, the Coaches will run the sessions on their own with help only as required.

Click here for more information on our Programs and Hockey Streams
Click here for a great video showing the rules of Cross-Ice hockey in action


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How do I Register/Get Started? To get your player started in the Hockey Initiation Program simply go to the Registration Section of the ORHC website and follow the instructions there to Register. The list of equipment required can be found here: click here. First year players entering the IP program are eligible for a subsidized equipment package. Please see below for additional information.



Equipment Required
All players must wear full equipment as per the OMHA minimum equipment standard. Mouthguards are mandatory. More information can be found here: click here. First year players entering the IP program are eligible for a subsidized equipment package. There are two packages available:

  • $49 Protective Equipment Package: This package includes just about everything you'll need (shoulder, elbow, and shin pads, neck and mouth guards, pants, and bag) except for aq jock/jill, skates, stick, and helmet.
  • $99 Full Equipment Package: The pages includes everything you'll need except a jill/jock. It includes everything from the Protective Equipment Package as well skates, helmet, and a hockey stick.


Interested in Coaching?
There will be considerable pre-season training for all coaches and volunteers and on-going guidance with presentation of sessions and use of the OMHA and Hockey Canada Manuals. Coach1 training and certification is required to coach in the Oakville Rangers Hockey CLub. The previous hybrid course which included Coach 1&2 is no longer being offered as an option - these courses are now separate. In most cases, the Coach1 training and certification program will be offered to you by the Club at no cost to you.

If you are interested in becoming a Coach please click here to fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. We will get in touch with you soon to talk about how and where you can help out and to get the ball rolling!



Interested in Convening?
You don't have to be a "hockey parent" to be a Convenor! It is a great way to participate and contribute while your children spend the next years in hockey without getting on the ice or behind a bench. The job involves overseeing the activities and the time commitment is 2-3 hours a weekend while the program is running. Convenors are a vital, integral part of every Hockey Association, and yet are always in high demand and short supply. If you are interested in becoming a Convenor please click here to fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. We will get in touch with you soon to talk about how and where you can help out and to get the ball rolling!



Hockey Skills Program

Along with the Initiation and Jr. Timbits Programs, you can also register in the Hockey Skills Program (additional fees apply). The Hockey Skills Program consists of 10 bi-weekly skating sessions with focus on skating fundamentals for beginners, expanding on the same fundamentals as the Initiation and Jr. Timbits Hockey Programs. This program was designed for Players typically ages 4 to 6 who would like an additional resource for extra skill development. 
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Still Have Questions?
Please contact the VP, Initiation Program and Hockey Skills for more information. They would be happy to help you with any concerns you may have. The contact information can be found here: click here.

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