Initiation Program

Hockey Canada Initiation Program – Instructors & Coaches


The Instructors Manual was designed to give coaches the necessary information needed to teach hockey skills to beginners.

The areas discussed include leadership, communication, teaching skills, and lesson organization. Each of these components contain valuable information when it comes time to implement each of the Lesson Manuals.

The Initiation Program manuals are a compilation of ideas from top hockey people across the country. Prior to printing, the lesson plans were tested in several provinces in communities with widely-differing circumstances, and found to be very effective.

The Lesson Manuals consist of four phases, each with eight on-ice sessions. These lessons map out easy-to-follow lesson plans. Beginners progress throughout these ice sessions to the point where they can start playing hockey and enjoying it.

  • The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach 1 – Intro Coach program has been updated to deliver instruction on age-appropriate programming.
  • Resources such as Hockey Canada Drill Hub and the Hockey Canada Network – a best-in-class skill-development resource geared to coaches – features information on the purpose of cross-ice hockey and how to run effective on-ice sessions for the five- and six-year-old Initiation age group.


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