The Atom Pathway is a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum. This pathway is an important component in the transition from the Novice Pathway and serves as preparation into the Peewee Pathway. The Atom Pathway consists of four phases of instruction, designed for players graduating from Novice hockey and for entry-level hockey players who may start playing hockey at this age level. The Atom Pathway curriculum introduces, develops and refines the skills of skating, passing, puck control and shooting in a progressive, step-by-step manner.
This is to be viewed as an opportunity for young players to develop and refine fundamental movement skills (skating, turning, acceleration), manipulation skills (shooting, puck control, passing) and overall motor skills (balance, coordination, agility) in a fun and safe environment, promoting skill development through self-confidence. The main goal of the Atom Pathway is to continue to have fun while developing skills. When players continue on a positive note, they really enjoy the game and will go on to have fun playing hockey for many years.
The Atom Player Pathway provides an environment that helps all girls and boys playing hockey at the Atom age level (nine and 10 years old) to realise their full potential. Hockey Canada strongly believes that in order for players to truly fulfill their potential and to be the best they can be, the players’ needs should be at the forefront of programming.
The primary focus of the youth hockey system is to develop a lifelong passion for sport, develop important life skills through hockey, and provide young girls and boys exposure to a development system that is progressive in nature and meets their needs based on age-specific and skill-appropriate programming.
With this in mind, the following items outline important framework that will lead to a positive experience for all players, parents, coaches and administrators.