Recently, our National and Provincial governing bodies have mandated that all players 8 years old and younger will follow the Initiation Program player development model. It is designed using best practices to nurture the development of our youngest players with age-appropriate skills development. Full program details are available for view here.
North Toronto has already implemented the majority of this program’s features over the past few years. The biggest change most people will notice is the progression in the size of the ice surface being used. Modified (smaller) ice surfaces provide young players with a number of benefits including more ice time, engagement, development and fun.
For the 2018-19 Season, 2012 Competitive Development teams will play using the CROSS-ICE format and 2011 teams will play using the HALF-ICE format in our Competitive Development Stream program.