Programming U9 & Below (Innisfil Minor Hockey)

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U9 and Below Programming - 2024-25 Season

As we approach the 2024-25 season, we are eager to share our enhanced programming for U5 to U9 players. This year, we've seen remarkable dedication and growth among our young athletes, and we're excited to continue supporting their development. Our programming, aligned with Hockey Canada's player pathways, will balance fun, development, and competition, catering to all skill levels.

Program Highlights for U9 and Below for this upcoming season:


Please note that these offerings may change based on registration numbers and other factors.

  • U5 Intro to Hockey Program (Born 2019 & 2020): Priced at $150 for about 20 sessions, this program offers an affordable start to hockey from October to March. Previously this was held Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Full hockey equipment is required, but no previous experience is necessary.
  • U7 Local League (Born 2018 & 2019): A welcoming introduction to hockey, our U7 Local League is perfect for newcomers and those ready to embrace a bit of competition. With a mix of home and away games across the Simcoe Region, our young athletes will experience the joy of the game in a supportive and developmental environment.
  • NEW for 2024-25 U7 MD (Born 2018 & 2019): New in 2024-25, we're excited to introduce our U7 MD program, a precursor to representative hockey. Competing in the York Simcoe Loop, this program is designed for serious young athletes eager to enhance their skills and compete at a higher level.
  • U8 MD (Born 2017): This advanced program is designed for athletes aiming for competitive hockey, with participation against teams across York Simcoe (Barrie to Markham).
  • U9 Local League (Born 2016 & 2017): Emphasizing local travel and variety, our U9 Local League invites players to enjoy the game across nearby communities. This program focuses on recreational play while fostering development for all participants.


  • NEW for 2024-25! U9 CPP (Competitive Pathway Program): Excitingly rebranded from Select, the CPP for the U9 division introduces a structured, rep-like environment, focusing on the advanced development of our most dedicated players and families who desire more from their hockey journey. This year, the U9 CPP team will be comprised of standout athletes selected from our U9 local league teams, ensuring a blend of the best talent and dedication. This pioneering initiative is designed to seamlessly bridge the existing gap to rep programs, laying the groundwork for our athletes' future successes and underlining our commitment to fostering excellence within the Innisfil hockey community. [Click Here to View CPP Press Release].
  • U9 MD (Born 2016): Our U9 MD program echoes our dedication to preparing athletes for competitive hockey. With a focus on skill enhancement and higher-level competition in the York Simcoe Loop, this program is a cornerstone for aspiring rep hockey players.

We are thrilled to offer these opportunities to our young athletes and look forward to a fantastic season. For any questions, please contact Terry Jackson, U9 and Below Director, or any Board of Directors member.


With enthusiasm,


The Innisfil Minor Hockey Association Executive


Information about the Hockey Canada Pathways

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has created an Implementation Guide to support our member Centres with the delivery of the Programming U9 & Below including Seasonal Structure and Cross-Ice & Half-Ice game play.

Hockey Canada has established national guidelines to ensure development of hockey players at Initiation, U8 and U9 age divisions and it is important to fully understand and appreciate the benefits of age-appropriate programming and scaling the playing environment.

The OMHA’s Implementation Guide details seasonal structure, tiering, positional play as well as game format. These game play guidelines highlight the programming progression from Initiation through U8 to U9.

“Station-based practices, small area games, lightweight blue pucks and age-appropriate ice size ensure players are engaged and have the right start in their hockey experience,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. “Scaling the game to match the age group allows young players the opportunity for more puck-touches which promotes greater opportunity for skill-development in puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination and decision-making.”

The OMHA strongly believes in the benefits that Cross-Ice and Half-Ice hockey have to offer and look forward to continuing to provide our member Centres with resources to ensure the best hockey experience for players.

U7 Pathway

U9 Pathway