The Competitive Development Stream (CDS) program focuses on long term player development in accordance with the Hockey Canada and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Player Development Model and the GTHL Initiation Program.
The CDS program is an extension of House League available to registered HL players from 6-8 years old on a tryout basis. Information on the OHF Player Development Model and the game play structure discussed below may be found here. Information on the GTHL Initiation Program and the benefits of modified ice hockey may be found here.
In addition to the House League, players in the CDS program participate in one or two additional practices per week and play approximately one weekly development game (20-22 games per season) against CDS teams from neighbouring hockey associations including Leaside, North York Knights and Forest Hill. As well, CDS teams may participate in tournaments or festivals throughout the season.
CDS games follow the game play structure of the OHF Player Development Model as follows:
In order to play for a CDS team you must first register your child for House League and complete RIS.
When does the season start and end?
CDS games begin in October after Thanksgiving and end in early April.
Will there be games on holidays?
Games will not be scheduled over major holidays (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Family Day, Easter) or during the public school system March Break.
What is the time commitment?
In addition to the House League time commitment of 2 sessions per week, our CDS teams will hold 1-2 incremental practices per week plus participate in weekly interclub games (20-25 games per season). Additionally, teams may participate in 2-3 tournaments or festivals per season
How many kids will be on each team?
Rosters of 18 players will be used. For games teams will be split into 2 squads of 8 skaters plus one goalie. Games will be played 4-on-4.
How many teams will North Toronto have?
The number of teams is determined by the overall enrolment of players with the necessary skill level. Typically North Toronto has formed up to 3 teams each in the IP6, Minor Novice and Novice divisions.
What if my kid wants to be a goalie?
Goalies will rotate for the IP6 and may be designated in Minor Novice/Novice. If your child would like to tryout as a goalie, please contact the Select Chair or the coach (if designated) for instructions.
At what age does full-ice hockey begin?
In accordance with the Hockey Canada Initiation Program full ice hockey will be introduced after January 15 in the Novice (8 years old) season.