RED DEER - Hockey Alberta will conduct a U11 AA Pilot Project in the 2021-22 season that implements an amended regional hosting structure, player movement rules, league schedule and coach and player development standards. This pilot project is based largely off of the final report and recommendations of the Non-Sanctioned Hockey Workgroup of last season.
We will be working in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Interlock League (Host League), the North East Alberta Hockey League, the All Peace Hockey League and, of course, their member MHA’s. We are looking to create a series of actionable recommendations that will be identified in time for implementation of a new, province wide, U11 model in the 2022-2023 season.
The outcome of this pilot is to identify the best overall structure for the top level of U11 and to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. The principles of Long-Term Athlete Development and Hockey Canada’s U11 Pathway will be adhered to within all recommendations. The best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete together and against each other.
To make it fair and equitable for all teams within the pilot, regions have been established. These regions ensure there is an opportunity for all players that reside within the pilot areas that want to play and have the skill to play at the top level of U11, can. These regions largely follow the U13AA recruitment areas. The established regions allow for the progression of players from Tiered Minor Hockey programs, through to the host programs within this pilot.
Hockey Alberta has established a Workgroup for this U11AA Pilot Project, members include:
Brett Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Innisfail, AB
Mike Applegate – Hockey Alberta Staff, Lloydminster, AB
Hudson Kelly – Hockey Alberta Staff, Red Deer, AB
Randy Mak – NAI Liaison, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Rick Nordstrom – Grande Prairie, AB
Jason Grinevitch – Bonnyville, AB
If you have any questions, please contact Brett Kelly, Manager, Officiating at [email protected]