Development is at the core of U15 hockey, with the focus on refining skills so players will experience success in practices and games. Looking at how kids learn, and the number of repetitions of specific skills and situations that occur in practice versus a game, practice is where players have a chance to develop the most.
U15 hockey should be delivered through a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum that is age-appropriate and skill-specific for 13-14-yearolds. It is a continuous 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) and checking skills (stick checks, angling, body contact) in a fun and safe environment, promoting skill development through self-confidence. When players continue on a positive note, they enjoy the game and will go on to have fun playing hockey for many years.
Player Pathway U15:
U15- Skill Evaluation
Under 15 years of age as of Dec. 31 of the current season
The age and skill level of the team defines the seasonal plan. The Hockey Canada skill development programs are based on progressive steps and follow the appropriate allocation of time illustrated in the skill development pyramid.
Goals for the U15 age division are:
• Refining team play
• Introduction to team strategy
The U15 program recommends the following practice time allotment:
• 40% technical skills
• 15% individual tactics
• 20% team tactics
• 15% team play
• 10% strategy