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To: Alliance Hockey, GTHL, NOHA, OMHA
From: Phillip McKee - OHF Executive Director

Date: 7/13/2017

Re: Initiation Program Implementation
The Ontario Hockey Federation Board of Directors has been made aware some Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) have not yet taken the appropriate steps to prepare for the mandatory introduction of cross-ice/half-ice for the Initiation Program (all hockey 6 years and under). This role-out is being mandated by Hockey Canada across all Branches.
The OHF and its Members are happy to act as support for MHAs still working toward the 2017-18 implementation. Please review the information provided on our website and contact either your Member or the OHF with any questions:
The Initiation Program, and cross-ice/half-ice hockey specifically, is designed to introduce players to the game in a fun, safe, and positive way by creating an environment more suited to their physical capabilities at six-years-old and younger. The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice or half-ice hockey are significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.
If a MHA is not compliant with the mandatory introduction of cross-ice/half-ice hockey for Initiation Programs, all Teams from that MHA, regardless of the age group, will be prohibited from participating in tournaments and the MHA will not be provided sanctioning to host tournaments at any age group. This was approved by the OHF Board of Directors, on June 24, 2017.
The OHF and its Members believe this sanction will not be required, as there are many support options out there to help MHAs transition into successful implementation. Additional resources are also available at: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Coaching/Initiation

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