Under 9 Hockey & Guidelines

To build on the changes brought in at the U7 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 U9 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 U9 hockey.

CLICK HERE – Hockey NL U7 Program Guidelines

Hockey Canada U9 Pathway

Hockey Canada Player Development U9 Session-1

Hockey Canada Player Development U9 Session-2

Hockey Canada Player Development U9 Session-3

Hockey Canada Player Development U9 Session-4


Goals for the U9 Age Category Are:

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

The U9 Program Recommends the Following Practice Time Allotment:

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