U7 is the division for girls who are 6 years old and younger (kindergarten & grade 1). We typically have two teams in this age group and all U7 girls skate together for practice.
This level is a basic introduction to hockey for our youngest Ravens. Parents with coaching certification are welcome to come on the ice to help.
At this level, the players will learn basics like:
- Introduction to skating
- Proper skating stance
- How to hold a stick properly
- How to fall and get up
Once the player has mastered these basic skills and can comfortably move around the ice, they will progress to:
- Fun small area games
- Start to understand competition
- Further skating skills, stopping, and turning
- Puck handling
- Understanding what it means to be part of a team
- Developing friendships
The U7 program starts in the 2nd week of September and lasts through to early March. Players in this program get 2 practices a week at Richmond Ice Centre and/or Minoru Arena.
U9 is the division for girls who are 7-8 years old (grade 2 & 3). We typically have two teams in this age group.
We are happy to welcome both beginners and experience players. Note that playing U7 before U9 is NOT a pre-requisite.
This level is designed to help players with:
- Skating progressions
- Shooting and passing
- Small area games
- Understanding rules of the game
- Introduction to faceoffs and offsides
- Playing half-ice games (3on3 and 4on4)
- Basic hockey strategy
The U9 program starts in the 2nd week of September and lasts through to early March. Players in this program get 2 practices a week at Richmond Ice Centre and/or Minoru Arena and begin playing half-ice games in December.
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