U9 AA/A Development program (Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association)

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The 2021/2022 season is fast approaching and we have recently learned that the OHF has granted a one-year exception for U9 hockey programming to run representative hockey for this coming year only.

KAMHA is excited to be involved again in this process and we hope to learn from our past experiences on best way to schedule the season.

Although we are forming 2 competitive teams, the focus on this age group for the whole season will be development.

The U9 group must follow the OHF U9 Pathway Model (https://www.ohf.on.ca/players/player-pathways/u9-player-pathway), where teams will start with 4on4 half-ice games and transition to full ice games on January 15th, 2022 or later.

Before the switch over to full ice games on January 15th, the teams will be permitted to play ½ ice games. These games are not limited to play teams in your own category. Therefore, using knowledge from our past experience, not only will we have ½ games with other Lakeshore teams but we will look to develop a more local loop of half- ice games that will cut down on travel and costs to our members.

The Lakeshore group will again have a final weekend tournament/Jamboree to close out the season for all participants.

Here is a quick overview of our U9 AA/A development program for the 2021/2022 season:

There will be some skills sessions that will be run by RELM Sports throughout the season

AA and A coaches will be mentored and supported throughout the season by Ryan Thompson (RELM Sports) and Brendon Gurd (Director of Coach Development)

Prep/Evaluation & Development Phase (up to 4 weeks):


Week of September 7th: 4 practice/skill session (Included in your tryout fee)

Week of September 20th: Tryouts/Evaluations (minimum of 3 formal evaluations/selection section sessions)

Development Phase half-ice (up to 8 weeks)

To start after team selections

Practice to game ratio 3:1 – Three practices to 1 game played

Focus on skill development

Fun and safe environment to promote self-confidence

Maximum of 6 half ice games played – Scores and standings will not be kept

Regular Season half-ice (up to 14 weeks)

Practice to game ratio 2:1 – Two practices to one game played

Continued focus on skill development

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Maximum of 22 half-ice games played – Scores and standings will not be kept

1 Jamboree allowed

End of season Phase Transition to full-ice games (up to 6 weeks)

At this point we will go back to playing in our lakeshore league

Reinforce skill-development elements in practices

Maximum of 12 games.

U9 players will transition to full-ice January 15th or later

There are no playoffs in U9 Hockey

Importance to continue practices through transition to introduce full-ice concepts


We are looking for coaches that will embrace this model and put development to the forefront for all these young players and make their first experience a fun and enjoyable one. If you are interested in coaching either a U9 AA or A group this season, please contact Enrico Caruso at [email protected]



Steve Walker

KAMHA President