U9 Program (Whitby Girls Hockey Association)

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The WGHA Novice program is being updated this year to following Hockey Canada and OWHA guidelines.  There are two major changes to the previous years:

Novice Hockey is transitioning to a half ice program, following the progression that was introduced in the Initiation program in 2017-18.  Half ice hockey will be played in the first half of the season, transitioning to full ice hockey in January.  House league teams will also not be permitted to enter tournaments until after January 15.

Starting this year, the Development Stream (DS) program does not have a Novice division. The WGHA will offer development opportunities for our Novice girls to help prepare them for more competitive hockey at the Atom age.

The benefits of half ice hockey are obvious.  Many sports progress kids through smaller play areas and smaller equipment, and hockey should be no different.  Small ice hockey has more touches, more passing and more shooting - all the skills the kids need to learn.

For more information, please see the Hockey Canada and OWHA pages on U9 hockey

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