Novice Hockey & Guidelines

To build on the changes brought in at the Initiation Program level with regards to the sizing of ice space, equipment and other areas for the youth hockey development structure. Hockey NL has mandated that ALL novice hockey games beginning in the 2017/18 season, are to be played in a half-ice setup. The smaller ice surface will support more competitive, fun and overall better development for our youth hockey players. The intent of this page is to cover off areas with regards to the implementation of the half-ice program for Novice hockey.

CLICK HERE – Hockey NL Initiation Program Guidelines


Novice Core Skills : CLICK HERE

Goals for the Novice Age Category Are:

• Fun
• Reviewing of basic skills 
• Refining of basic skills

The Novice Program Recommends the Following Practice Time Allotment:

• 75% Technical skills
• 15% Individual tactics
• 10% Team tactics
• 0% Team play
0% Strategy