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Hockey Programs for 2018-2019

Initiation (IP) Program for 2018-2019

First and “Second” Shift - Introductory and Kick-Off Programs (6-weeks - NEW THIS YEAR)

We’re very happy to be launching a new Kick-Off Program for our Initiation Players this year (4, 5, 6 and 7 Years Old as of December 31st, 2017 - or 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 birth dates).

This will be either a first try at playing hockey (First Shift - hoping to take part in the Canadian Tire program this year to assist with equipment purchases), or a “refresher” session to shake off the summer season rust (“Second” shift program) for kids who have a year or two on the ice under their belt.

When: we expect this session to begin in Mid September (a couple weeks earlier than our programs have started in past years)

Registration Cost:  $150 for “Second Shift” (Hockey Only), and $199 (estimate) for “First Shift” (including initial equipment).

** First Shift is subject to change based on the Canadian Tire First Shift Program decisions.



CHIPs - 2014 Birth Dates (4 Year Olds)

Open to all kids as their first experience - 5, 6 and even 7 years old may be eligible to start here!

We are bringing back our most popular introduction to hockey!  Kelly Reed power skating has worked with the AMHL for a number of years, making this first experience on the ice for our future super stars a TON of fun!

To make room for the First and Second Shift Kick Off programs - our season will start a few weeks LATER than in previous years

When: Sessions take place Saturday morning (1 hour session per week) and include development through small group and “station-based learning” instruction.

Registration Cost:  $475

**Participants are encouraged to ALSO sign up for one of our Kick-Off Programs (above) as they will run BEFORE the CHIPs season starts.
 

Mites - 2013 Birth Dates (5 Year Olds)
Open to all kids 5 and above who have “learned to skate” already, but still starting with a full Hockey Experience.

We are bringing back our very succesfull half-ice program for our 5-year (and above) players

To make room for the First and Second Shift Kick Off programs - our season will start a few weeks LATER than in previous years

When: Practices take place Saturday mornings, Games on Sunday mornings (2 One-Hour Sessions per week)

Registration Cost:
  $475

**Participants are encouraged to ALSO sign up for one of our Kick-Off Programs (above) as they will run BEFORE the Mites season starts.



Tykes - 2012 and 2011 Birth Dates (6 and 7 Year Olds)


To adjust to the new Hockey Canada Mandate for Cross-Ice Programming up to the 7-Year-Old level, we are expanding our Tyke program to a 2-year cohort. This allows us to field MORE teams (hopefully with slightly smaller numbers of players on each) to play an exciting, half-ice brand of 4 on 4 hockey!

We hope to continue offering not only a practice and a game each week, but also offer ADDITIONAL development sessions for our Tyke players at no additional charge.

To make room for the First and Second Shift Kick Off programs - our season will start a few weeks LATER than in previous years

When: Practices currently have taken place on Friday evenings, but next year may alternate between Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Games will take place on Sunday mornings, followed by development sessions (2+ One-Hour Sessions per week, with only 2 visits to the rink!)

Registration Cost:
  $495

**Participants are encouraged to ALSO sign up for one of our Kick-Off Programs (above) as they will run BEFORE the Tykes season starts.


*** ALL INITIATION PROGRAMMING subject to change as we receive our City of Hamilton ice allotment for the year in the late summer.  Our focus is on providing development and progression for our kids to grow to enjoy and excel at this great game!  Please note:  There is no Representative Hockey (Rep Teams) for kids with birth dates in 2011 or after as per the new Hockey Canada guidelines.   We will not be fielding a Tyke MD team for the 2018/2019 Season.  We are hoping to look at the possibility of a “Select” style team and opportunity for our 2011 birth year players to begin part way through the regular season, as an ADDITIONAL opportunity over and above House League, but have no firm plans for this at this time.
 


Junior House League Program for 2018-2019

Novice / Atom - 2008, 2009 and 2010 Birth Dates (8, 9, and 10 Year Olds)

To adjust to the new Hockey Canada Mandate for players aged 7 and below, we are expanding our Atom program to a 3-year cohort in this Transition Season.  This will allow AMHL to field MORE teams in the Atom House League division next year.

When:  These sessions will run very similarly to our Novice and Atom divisions this past season, with practices running on Saturday mornings and games on Sunday mornings.

Registration Cost:  $585

** All kids in this new Novice/Atom age category have the opportunity to try out for our Ancaster Avalanche Rep Teams (Novice, Minor and Major Atom) in April 2018 (check the website for more). We also hope to be able to offer both a Novice and Atom Select team that would try-out in the Fall.
 


Peewee - 2006 and 2007 Birth Dates (11 and 12 Year Olds)


This division will run very similarly to our Peewee division from this past season (Saturday practices, Sunday games).

When: Saturday practices, Sunday games

Registration Cost:  $585

** All kids in this Peewee division have the opportunity to try out for our Ancaster Avalanche Rep Teams (Minor and Major Peewee) in April 2018 (check the website for more). We also hope to be able to offer a Peewee Select team that would try-out in the Fall.



Senior House League Program for 2018-2019

Bantam - 2004 and 2005 Birth Dates (13 and 14 Year Olds)

By popular demand, our Bantam division will have many similarities to our past season, with a few tweaks to better accommodate our players and parents while reducing the overall cost of the program.

By request - we will cut a few weekends out of our regular schedule to allow for difficult scheduling (exam weeks etc.) to allow our families more flexibility in their scheduling. We will continue to offer a practice and a game each week to help in the development of our House League players.

Registration Cost:  $475. (Much reduced from Last Year)
 
** All kids in this Bantam division have the opportunity to try out for our Ancaster Avalanche Rep Teams (Minor and Major Bantam) in April 2018 (check the website for more). We also hope to be able to offer a Bantam Select team that would try-out in the Fall.  Please note: Rep fees may need to be adjusted (higher) to take into account the lower standard House League registration fees - as the Rep Program will continue with the regular number of practices and games in 2018/2019.

 

Midget - 2002 and 2003 Birth Dates (15 and 16 Year Olds)

By popular demand, our Midget division will have some similarities to our past season, with a game-only format to keep our players engaged and excited to come out to the rink. 

Again, by request - we will cut to one game per week after the Holiday break to allow our families more flexibility in their scheduling and to bring down the overall cost of the program. If there is interest, we will look at offering some development opportunities as an add-on to the House League program.

Registration Cost:  $430. (Much reduced from Last Year)

** All kids in this Midget division have the opportunity to try out for our Ancaster Avalanche Rep Teams (Minor and Major Midget) in April 2018 (check the website for more). We also hope to be able to offer a Midget Select team that would try-out in the Fall.  Please note: Rep fees may need to be adjusted (higher) to take into account the lower standard House League registration fees - as the Rep Program will continue with the regular number of practices and games in 2018/2019.



Juvenile - 1999, 2000 and 2001 Birth Dates (17, 18 and 19 Year Olds)

Our Juvenile division will run in a similar fashion to our past season, with a game-only format to keep our players engaged and excited to come out to the rink. 

Again, by request - we will cut to one game per week after the Holiday break to allow our families more flexibility in their scheduling and to bring down the overall cost of the program. If there is interest, we will look at offering some development opportunities as an add-on to the House League program.

Registration Cost:
  $430. (Much reduced from Last Year)

** All kids born in 2001 will have the opportunity to try out for our Ancaster Avalanche Rep Team (Major Midget) in April 2018 (check the website for more). Players born in 2001 are also eligible to try out for the Midget Select team. Please note: Rep fees may need to be adjusted (higher) to take into account the lower standard House League registration fees - as the Rep Program will continue with the regular number of practices and games in 2018/2019.


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