Atom (Under 11) Pathway

The GTHL is implementing the Under 11 (atom) Player Pathway in connection with the 2020 / 2021 season. This is the continuation of the Under 7 (Initiation) and Under 9 (Novice) Pathway’s implemented in connection with the 2017 / 2018 season.

The following represents selected comments from the GTHL on the implementation pathway.

The primary focus of the youth hockey system is to develop a lifelong passion for sport, develop important life skills and provide a development system that is progressive in nature and meets players needs based on age and skill appropriate programming.

To accomplish this goal, Hockey Canada developed the Canadian Player Pathway, which is supported by the Long-term Development (LTPD) model.

Player development is at the core of the Pathway with a focus on skill development so that each player will experience success in both practice and game settings.

The Atom (under 11) age level is the “learning to train” stage where players age 9 and 10 begin to develop their support skills and competencies.

The Atom (under 11) Pathway is a progressive learn to play teaching curriculum and an important transition from the Novice (under 9) Pathway that was implemented in 2017.

Starting with the 2020 / 2021 season, all players including those in the Ontario Hockey federation’s member Partners (Alliance, GTHL, OMHA, OWHA) will be following the Under 11 (Atom) Player Pathway.

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