FLYING FIVES / SUPER SIX
"Flying Fives - Super Six"
Instructional Hockey Program
Voted #1 Instructional Hockey Program in all of Durham Region! for the past 10 consecutive years!
Due to Hockey Canada IP Development Guidelines, our instructional programs have been split into two groups.
5-year old and 6-year old players are split into their own age group.
We are also mandated to provide four (4) teams on the split ice to facilitate scrimmage play. This will change our programming to allow kids "more touches of the puck" but will however challenge us to utilize arenas to the best of our ability.
It is important that we embrace this new mandated change and work together for a successful year. While game/scrimmage play will be managed differently, our Hockey Schools will remain unchanged.
Those players who are five (5) and six (6) years of age will be placed onto teams and continue to thrive and learn in their weekly hockey school instructional environment, however, their Saturday program will be expanded to truly teach those players the game.
Players are on the ice twice weekly, once with their team at the "hockey school" on Monday evenings and a second time on Saturday morning
The ice is broken into stations so that all players are active and are introduced to many different skating and puck control scenarios. The program focus is to emphasize the ability to extend the skating stride, correct use of both skate edges, controlled stopping, correct hockey posture and overall confidence on the players feet.
Coaches and parent volunteers are encouraged to help and they also become students as well by learning the drills and techniques.
The drills in the hockey school are structured in a progressive fashion with the focus always being to teach the player to be confident on their feet. Skating, skating, skating...The rest as a result, will come naturally.
The Saturday program for both the Flying Five and Super Six division consists of a bi-weekly structured scrimmage/practice (1 week scrimmage / 1 week practice) environment.
The focus of the program is to teach the players the concept of a real hockey game and allows more touches of the puck given the smaller cross-ice surface in which to conduct the scrimmages.
While confidence and individual skills will always be the focus of the program, the players will also be introduced to all positions including goaltender. The intention of this program is to first and foremost continue building confidence skills but to also prepare those players who will graduate to the Minor Novice level where they begin playing scrimmages on a larger half-ice surface.
Session Format (Hockey School - Mondays)
The focus of the program will be as follows:
Lots of activity going on
Using the entire ice surface
Focus is placed on the basic skills
Skating, Skating, Skating
25 minutes skating. 5 minutes re-affirming last class with 20 minutes new skill
25 minutes skills, 5 minutes re-affirming last class, 20 minutes new skill
Minimum two (2) Hockey School Instructors with assistants, Minimum two (2) coaches per team.
Each team is required to provide a minimum of 3 Coaches helpers on ice per session.
The sessions will focus on the following skills over the course of the season:
Basic Forward Stride
Basic Backwards Stride
“FLYING FIVES - SUPER SIX” HOCKEY PROGRAM GUIDELINES
It is a mandatory requirement that coaching staff must assist the hockey school. The hockey school has been designed to teach both the student and the teacher in order to have consistency between the hockey school and the team practices.
The intention of this program is to first and foremost continue building confidence skills but to also prepare those players who will graduate to the Minor Novice level where they begin playing scrimmages on a half-ice basis. The focus is to concentrate on the players learning all facets of the game.
The teams are formed from 5 AND 6-year old players only. Each team will register players with maximum 9-10 players per team to reinforce a higher coach to student ratio. Once the teams are formed, the league convener will hold a coaches meeting with the coaches and the lead instructor of the hockey program to outline how the division will operate throughout the year. All coaching staff need to understand the Hockey Canada IP requirements and need to be aware of the OMHA coaches, trainer(s), and PRS (Speak Out) clinics which are required.
Each week, all players will be rotated through all positions in order to educate them on all positions played in the game. As scores and standings are not kept track of, penalty calls will not be a factor.
There is never a score on the scoreboard at any time. The clock is set to buzz every 3 minutes (usually by the convener) for the amount of time allowed (i.e. - 48 minutes, and the players play on) There will be one (1) coach from each team on the ice, who is wearing a helmet with the chinstrap done up at all times. In the event that a penalty is to be assessed, the referee and on-ice coach will explain to the player in question, why the play has been stopped and a penalty has been called. No penalty will be assessed, but a face-off will take place at the nearest face-off circle.
At the beginning of the second half of the season (after the Christmas break) there will be a second meeting with the coaches in January to evaluate the kids' progress and how to proceed for the second half of the season. (ie. Integration of more advanced drills, specific areas of skill development needed, etc.)
The league supplies Tim Hortons' jerseys, socks, pylons and blue 4oz. pucks in which to teach the kids. We have also assembled a handy "Hockey Drills" package that coaches can download as a guide to help to refresh even a veteran coach!
Fun and increased confidence
Structured, focused instruction
Hockey Canada mandated appropriate teaching
League supplied uniforms and goalie equipment
League supplied education tools (pucks, pylons,etc.)
Flying Five and Super Six players receive a medallion at the season final weekend