Initiation Program (Woolwich Minor Hockey)

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2017-2018 Changes

Registration is now closed for the 2017-18 season for any IP4, IP5 and IP6 players. 
We are starting a waiting list so if you are interested in the Program and would like to be added, please email our Registrar, Tracey Williams at [email protected]

Initiation (born 2013) will now be renamed as the IP4 (initiation program – 4 year olds)
  • IP4 will have 2 ice times per week
  • 3 on 3 inter squad games will begin in January and will take place during some sessions, but not all

    Pre-Novice (born 2012) will now be renamed as the IP5 (initiation program – 5 year olds)

  • IP5 will have 2 ice times per week (the same ice times as IP4 listed above)
  • 3 on 3 inter squad games will begin in January

  • vIP4 and IP5 – will share ice and work within the guidelines of cross-ice hockey that has been detailed by the OMHA and Hockey Canada.


    Pre-Novice (born 2011) will now be renamed as the IP6 (initiation program – 6 year olds)

  • IP6 will be divided into 2 groups of 20 players each.
  • IP6 will have 2 ice times per week (potentially Fri and Sat mornings


    IP6 will begin exhibition games with other Centres, beginning in January - these games will not take place every week but several times from January to March

  • IP6 will share “divided” ice and work within the guidelines of cross-ice hockey as noted above in our IP4 and IP5 programs

    Background Information

    OMHA Initiation Overview:

    Important Dates for IP4, IP5 and IP6

    Sept 23rd - IP4 - 8:00 - 8:45am (McLeod)
    Sept 23rd - IP5 - 8:45 - 9:30am (McLeod)
    Sept 23rd - IP6 - 10:00-10:50am (McLeod)

    Sept 30th - IP4 - 9:00-9:50am (McLeod)
    Sept 30th - IP5 - 10:00-10:50am (McLeod)
    Sept 30th - IP6 - 12:00-1:00pm (McLeod)

    Regular schedule will then commence the week of Oct 2nd, as follows:
    IP4 - Wednesdays - 430-545pm (Snyder) and Saturdays - 9:00-10:00am (McLeod)
    IP5 - Wednesdays - 430-545pm (Snyder) and Saturdays - 9:00-10:00am (McLeod)
    IP6 - Fridays - 530-630pm (Snyder) and Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am (McLeod)

    What is the WMHA initiation program?

    This is our introduction to hockey program and is geared toward 3, 4 and 5 year olds.  It is closely based on the Canada Hockey Initiation Program(C.H.I.P.)  Your child will learn the fundamentals through a structured, learn-to-play hockey program designed to introduce them to the game's basic skills. Participants will learn to become contributing members of a team, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. All of this will be achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play.

    Professional instruction and coaching leadership.

    WMHA is proud to offer professional instruction led by Tony Code and his staff at WHA(Woolwich Hockey Academy).  Tony is a highly regarded and knowlegeable  hockey instructor and coach with a long pedigree in the sport.  He has played the game at a high level both provincially and at the NCAA level. He runs a very successful hockey school that offers camps throughout the year to elite players and beginners alike.  As a coach he has multiple OMHA all ontario championships, he is very approachable. and is terrific with young kids.

    Tony will work directly with coaches on the ice one practice per week to help ensure that proper fundamentals and techniques are being taught to participants. 

    Who will coach?

    We encourage all interested parents and eligible individuals to consider getting involved as a coach, assistant coach, manager or trainer. You must certified by Hockey Canada including attending specified training sessions and completing a police check.

    How often do we play?

    The initiation program runs twice a week from mid September to mid March.  Ice times are Saturday morning, as well as an additional time through the week TBD.

    My child has never skated, is this program right for him/her?

    Yes.  It is a beginner’s program and as such we welcome children of all skill levels.  We will attempt to stream our participants so that children are placed in groups with others of similar skill.

    What is the cost?

    The cost is among the most reasonable in the region and is set at $335 per player ($410 after May 31st).

    Does this include equipment?

    No.  You will have to provide your own full equipment before your first session.  Information on what is required is available at the following link: Note that players and goalie require a mouthguard, and goalies also require a dangler.