Novice & Below (Woolwich Minor Hockey)

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  • The Initiation Program (IP4, IP5 & IP6) and Novice are designed to scale the game of hockey down for younger kids.
  • As kids get older, the size of the playing surface scales with them. From Cross Ice, to Half Ice to Full Ice.


Q: Who establishes the rules and guidelines?
A: Hockey Canada and the OMHA establishes rules and guidelines for associations like WMHA to follow. More information is available on the OMHA Novice & Below site.

Q: Will Novice (Age 8) be playing full ice?
A: Effective 2019-20 - Game play for the Novice age-group (8 year-olds) will be Half-Ice during the first half of the season and transition to Full-Ice during the second half of the season.

Q: What happened to Tyke?
A: Tyke is now known as Minor Novice.

Q: My child is 7, can they tryout for Novice A (Age 8)?
A: Yes, a 7 year old can tryout for Novice A.

Cross-Ice Boards Q: My child is 8, can they tryout for Minor Atom A (Age 9)?
A: Yes, a 8 year old can tryout for Atom A.

Q: How do you divide the ice?
A: WMHA invested in a board system (shown in the picture) that divides the ice in half. It gives each section the unique feel of a complete playing surface. For some instances, foam dividers are also used.


Each age group will have a convenor:

Minor Novice - TBA
Major Novice - TBA



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Printed from on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 11:24 AM