U7 Programs (U6 and U7)
Our IP programs run from the middle of September until the beginning of March and include practices on Saturday mornings and cross-ice 3-on-3 games on Sunday mornings.
U6 (5 Years old as at Dec 31; Senior Kindergarten):
Most U6 players will have skated prior to the start of the season but have minimal experience with hockey (no skating or hockey experience is required for IP1). The focus of U6 will be on developing the fundamental skills of hockey with an emphasis on learning skate. Small area and cross-ice games are included to promote fun and skill development (score will not be kept and games will be refereed by coaches).
U7 (6 years old as at Dec 31; Grade 1):
U7 continues to emphasize skating and builds on the fundamental skills introduced in U7. U7 also serves as an introduction to hockey program for children entering grade 1 who have skated but have minimal experience with hockey (no skating or hockey experience is required for U7). Drills and small area and cross-ice games will continue to emphasize fun and skill development (score will not be kept and games will be refereed by coaches).
All teams in within U6 and U7 will be tiered to allow players of similar ability to practice together and play against each other. All tiers will participate in the same drills and games with adjustments made where needed to accommodate all players abilities. Movement between tiers will be encouraged as the season progresses to ensure that players are always practicing and competing against players of similar ability.
Future Canadians Program:
The IP Future Canadians program will offer advanced skill development and a more competitive environment for players seeking to pursue competitive hockey. The Future Canadians program is open to both U6 and U7 players with players participating in both their regular IP programs and additional Future Canadians practices and cross-ice games. There will be 36 roster spots available with try-outs held only if demand exceeds 36 skaters.