Dear SMHA Parents,
Please see the attached Initiation and Novice guidance that has been recently published by Hockey Alberta. We have shared this with you in the spirit of sharing information as soon as it becomes available. Your SMHA representatives are actively working with Hockey Edmonton to understand and influence our next season as much as possible. As more information becomes available, we will continue to share it with you.
The Intro to Hockey Model is based on the principles contained in Hockey Canada’s national policies regarding age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces for the Initiation and Novice age groups.
The 2018-19 season has served a transition year for Hockey Alberta. The knowledge gained this season has resulted in some changes to the initial model introduced in April 2018. Of note are certain items that are NON-NEGOTIABLE and must be implemented to be compliant with the Hockey Canada policy. Other items are NEGOTIABLE and can be adopted at the discretion of the Association.
All Associations are encouraged to review the Intro to Hockey Model final version for 2019-20 and ensure you are compliant with the requirements.
The full Intro to Hockey Model document is included below and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website, www.hockeyalberta.ca.