Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) is hosting two days of special events to demonstrate the new guidelines, goals and expectations for the Initiation Program (players aged six years and under) in Alberta.
Friday evening (October 16) features a “hot stove session” for minor hockey coaches. The panel discussion includes a number of experienced coaches, as well as representatives from Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta. The panel will discuss Initiation Program guidelines, as well as Long Term Player Development (LTPD).
Initiation and Novice division coaches in Lloydminster will be attending. Coaches in other divisions, as well as coaches from minor hockey associations in Zone 2, are also invited. The hot stove session will be held at the Days Inn, 5411-44 Street in Lloydminster, starting at 6:30 pm. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 13, by contacting the LMHA office.
On Saturday (October 17), Initiation and Novice division players will be the focus of attention during “Shrink the Rink”, a day filled with cross-ice games, and other fun activities, to demonstrate the benefits of the Initiation guidelines and LTPD. The day starts with opening ceremonies, a laser light show, and player introductions. As well, there will be open question and answer sessions during the day where parents, coaches and members of the public can gather more information about the Initiation Program. The Servus Sports Centre is located at 5202-12 Street in Lloydminster.
Hockey Alberta announced new guidelines for the Initiation Program in April. The guidelines are based on Hockey Canada’s LTPD model. The goal is to make the first impression of hockey a positive one for all players and parents. The guidelines, along with information for instructors and parents, can be reviewed and downloaded from the Players section of the Hockey Alberta website.
For more details on the hot stove session and Shrink the Rink event, go to www.lloydminsterminorhockey.com.
Deadline to register is Tuesday, October 13.
For more information, contact:
Darrell Wagner, General Manager,
Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association