MEMO: NOVICE HOCKEY REGULATIONS REVIEW AND LONG-TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Sep. 27, 2016
TO: All Minor Hockey Associations
Several issues have been identified as concerns with the existing Novice regulations. Some of these concerns involve the number of games that Novice players play in a season. Currently, some Novice teams play as many games as our elite league teams and they are doing it on a full-ice surface. It is well documented that a focus on skill development and small area games work best for player development at this age. A game cap to cut down on the number of games being played is also being explored.
Based on this information and the upcoming review, HNS encourages MHAs to review the recommendation below and implement it as they see fit for the 2016-17 season.
Reduce the number of full-ice games by a minimum of 10 games at the Novice level and supplement the removal of these full-ice games with skill development sessions and half-ice games that promote and encourage player development at this age level.
To be clear, significant change will be coming for the 2017-18 season.
Have a great season!
Hockey Nova Scotia