Tyke Dev. Overview, Tyke Development (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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Tyke Development Program

The AMHL introduced the Novice Development Program for the first time during the 2012-2013 season and will open this program to Tyke aged players for the 2016-2017 season. In addition to their regular weekly house league game and practice, the players who register for this program will be on the ice an extra two times a week in skating, skills development and small area games. There is no travel involved and the cost is significantly less than the cost to play on a rep team.


A 20-week program of power skating, skills development and small area games for Tyke age players running from the last week in September and ends the first week of March. Players will be on the ice for a total of 3 hours per week: 1 hour with the Tyke Development Program and 2 hours with their house league team. The cost of the program is only $408 for 20 hours of instruction (approximately $20 per hourly session).

“It's like going to a hockey camp every week, but at a much lower cost.”

We believe the development opportunity at this young age is as good if not better than playing on a rep team and will give a greater number of players an opportunity to accelerate their development as young hockey players.

The Tyke Development Program is exactly what the name implies. The skill development is enhanced by the constant and consistent exposure to excellent coaching. The family experience is enhanced by reduced financial burden and vastly reduced time commitment. The player's ability to compete for Ancaster AA teams or Hamilton AAA teams in the future is greatly enhanced because of the level of instruction offered each and every week.

  • Kids will have 3 hours per week of ice time (vs 2 hours of house league only).
  • Coaches are trained, certified hockey coaches. Kids will be taught the proper techniques at every session with consistent instruction on the fundamentals.
  • The number of "puck touches" will be maximized through the use of specialized skills sessions, small area game sessions and well designed half ice HL practices.
  • All sessions are to be held at local rinks.

Is there limited space in the program?
We will accept a maximum of 30 Registered Tyke Aged Players.

Are parents expected to volunteer?
New for this season, we have hired on-ice assistant coaches to help ensure the best possible development experience for our kids. If you are interested, we will still like to have some volunteer coaches on the ice with the development staff.  Even with the extra cost of our assistant coaches, our program is extremely cost effective. Comparable programs in our area run at costs of $35-$40/player/hour versus $20/hour for this program. Information sessions will be held in late August or early September to review and discuss volunteer opportunities.

The proposed date/time for this program will be Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm but are subject to change.

Sign Up
Click here to register for this program.

If have any questions about the program, contact Greg Fullerton, Director of Player & Coach Development.

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