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Submitted By Sean Wheatley on Friday, June 15, 2018
Hockey Canada & Ontario Hockey Federation recommend tiering for 7-year old hockey programming to meet the mandate set by the Ontario Hockey Federation for the 2018-19 Season.

It is recommended that Associations tier their top eighteen 7-year olds and place them onto a team. Those eighteen players would then be divided into skill-based lines; with like-skilled players from each team playing against each other.

Seasonal Structure
  • Minor Novice MD team will be formed from HL Assessment skate, no tryout will occur
  • Minor Novice MD team will travel to Sarnia and Stratford, but will be minimized

  • 1: Development Phase – September 2018 to November 18, 2018
  • Player Evaluations focused on skill development
  • Ideally 20 Ice sessions over a 10 week period
  • Locally scheduled exhibition match-ups (6 maximum)

  • 2: Regular Season Phase – November 19, 2018 to March 10, 2019
  • League game play against other Associations begins
  • Match-ups to be set by ALLIANCE Hockey & games scheduled by the local Association
  • Important that Coaches continue to focus on skill development during practice sessions

  • 3: Season- End Festival – March 16, 2019
  • Season-end Festival/Jamboree weekend
  • Host Association: TBD
  • Season completed prior to March Break

  • League Games

  • Two teams play a game utilizing the two halves of the ice with each team of 18 participants divided into two groups of 9
  • Regular weight pucks
  • Standard nets
  • Each team is required to dress two goaltenders, one for each half-ice game
  • A game will consist of two 25-minute periods with one-minute buzzers for lines to switch and a face-off to begin each period
  • When the buzzer sounds to end the first period, the visiting team(2 groups of 9) will switch ends and benches (so each group plays each other)

    Players will be on the ice every other shift = 50% of the time

    Playing Rules – Half-Ice

  • 4 vs. 4, plus one goaltender per group
  • Each team is required to have two goaltenders, one for each half of the ice
  • Teams (2 groups of 9) share the same bench
  • Three-minute warm-up prior to the start of the 1st period
  • On Ice: barriers set up across the centre red line, nets set up on the centre circle with centre circle as the goal line


  • Game Length: 50-minutes total, two 25-minute periods
  • Clock: run-time, no score is kept
  • There will be two face-offs during the game; one to start the first period and one to start the second period
  • Paint a dot in the centre of the half-ice game for a face-off
  • No offside or icing

  • Shifts
  • Shift Length: one-minute shifts with the automatic buzzer to indicate the player change
  • Players change on the fly If there are fewer than four players on the bench, the active player designated to stay out for the following shift must tag up at the bench prior to continuing play
  • At the buzzer, players must relinquish control of the puck immediately and vacate the ice. The new line of players enter the ice immediately

  • Change of Possession
  • On a Goaltender save or freeze, the official blows the whistle to indicate to the attacking team to back off and the defending team gets possession
  • Puck shot out of play – the offending team backs off and the official gives the non-offending team a new puck.
  • If the puck goes out of play, Referee drops a new puck (non-offending team starts play)
  • On a goal, the team that scores backs off. Referee blows whistle and points to the goal, the defending team then gathers the puck and attacks

  • Penalties
  • On a penalty, the referee raises their arm and blows their whistle signaling the change in puck possession. At the end of the shift, the referee informs the coach of the penalty called and the player it was assessed to. The offending player sits the next shift. Teams continue to play at even strength.
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