Tyke Initiation Program

Tyke IP Program Overview

What is the Initiation Program?

The Initiation Program (IP) is a Hockey Canada sponsored program that introduces the basic skills of hockey in a fun and safe environment, and focuses on the development of skills in a non-competitive environment.

The Goals of the IP Program are the following:

  • To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity
  • To learn the basic skills required to-play the game of hockey.
  • To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations.
  • To create and refine basic motor skill patterns.
  • To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.

The Initiation program recommends the following practice time allotment:

  • 85% technical skills
  • 15% individual tactics
  • 0% team tactics
  • 0% team play
  • 0% strategy

Click here for more information on the Hockey Canada Initiation Program.

Required Equipment:

Please insure your child is properly equipped, below is a listing of the required equipment. To insure their safety, if your child does not have all the equipment listed below they will not be permitted on the ice.

  • Hockey helmet and face mask (Must be CSA approved and properly fitted)
  • Socks and garter belt (or undergarment with Velcro to hold socks)
  • Neck guard (BNQ certified) which is neither too loose nor too tight
  • Shin pads (proper size and length)
  • Mouth guard (proper size)
  • Elbow Pads (proper size)
  • Skates – properly fitted and sharpened
  • Hockey Gloves (proper size – avoid short cuffs as they do not provide proper protection against slashes to the wrist area)
  • Stick – properly measured while on skates – should be at chin level; end of stick (knob) must be thick enough to not fit through any face mask openings.
  • Hockey Pants (proper size and length)
  • Protective Jill (proper size