Update on Tyke/Initiation Program, News (Point Edward Minor Athletic Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Update on Tyke/Initiation Program
Submitted By Lori Guthrie on Tuesday, August 08, 2017
This past your Convenors Jane, Scott and myself travelled to Strathroy to attend a LMLL Rep meeting.  During the meeting, we discussed the mandated changes to ages/divisions and programming for our upcoming season.  Most if not all centres are in a similar position to us having completed registration prior to the notification of pending changes.   

After much discussion and information sharing, it was decided (by a unanimous vote) to suspend the Tyke Division for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.  Most centres do not have enough 7 year olds to roster a Tyke team and if they did, it would leave their Novice rosters short.  LMLL will allow us to blend 7 and 8 year olds to assemble a Novice roster for this upcoming year however, our Regional OMHA Rep was very clear this will not continue to be the case.  Beginning 2018-2019 Tyke will be 7 year olds – only and Novice will be 8 year olds – only.   He also made it abundantly clear Hockey Canada is looking to implement “cross ice play” for both Tyke and Novice by 2019 as well.  There is a “town hall” meeting in Sarnia if anyone is interested in hearing how they are managing this shift. Details can be found on the SMHA site.

 

Our Initiation Program will be 4-5 year olds sharing the ice on Saturday am’s 9-9:50 am and Sunday 12-12:50pm.  The ice must be divided in order to keep the 4 year olds separate – in accordance with Hockey Canada policy. The drills and skill development will be “cross ice”. There is good information on our OMHA website about the philosophy behind “cross ice” player development.

 

Our 6 year olds (former Tyke roster) will be utilizing the former Tyke ice time.  Tuesday evenings 7-7:50am and Saturdays 10-10:50.  The Tyke coaching staff will remain intact.  They will be allowed to schedule exhibition games against other centres from LMLL and surrounding area (ie: Mooretown, Petrolia).  OMHA dictates – Games may begin after Dec 1 and Tournament play can commence in January.   This age group MUST use blue pucks.  All Initiation Program games must be played “cross ice”.  This change in programming comes with an inherent cost to all associations.  We must purchase the dividers as well as pay for travel permits and referees for the exhibition games.  Our Novice roster/coaching staff will not be impacted by these changes.  Players may however, end up spending an additional year in Novice with the 8 year old age chart. 

 

We are very fortunate to have strong and creative leadership within our organization as well as amongst our Tyke Coaching staff.  Please continue to be patient, flexible and understanding as we work to adopt the changing landscape.   We realize this year will be a bit challenging however, we are excited about making it as much fun and as exciting as we possibly can!. 

 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please direct them to a Convenor through our website.  We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. 

This article has been viewed 1053 times.
Team Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Point Edward Minor Athletic Association on Twitter
- and -
Visit Point Edward Minor Athletic Association on Facebook
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 19
    Jun
    Organization
    **** UPDATE ON SPOTS AVAILABLE AFTER OPEN REGISTRATION****
  • 18
    Jun
    Organization
    CANCELLATION FOR MONDAY JUNE 18TH SOCCER. ALL GAMES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT DUE TO THE EXTREME WEATHER. THANK YOU!
  • 09
    May
    Organization
    Our website has been updated with PEMAA Soccer Team Lists, Schedules and Welcome Letters for each division.  Please follow the tab at the top of our website for:  Soccer then Soccer Division Information and then find your appropriate division for ...
  • 23
    Apr
    Organization
    We have added our registration information and coach application form in our Registration section of our website.  Please see direct links below for easier access: General Information Coaches Application Please follow the following link for ...
  • 20
    Mar
    Organization
    Registration dates for the 2018-19 PEMAA Hockey season have not been established yet.  We will be posting Registration dates by May 1st, 2018.  Please keep an eye on the website.  Thank you!!
  • 20
    Mar
    Organization
    PEMAA has some volunteer hours available for high school students who might like to help with soccer.  Blowing up balls and assistant coaching hours are available. Also, the intermediate division still has openings and it is on Tuesday nights ...
  • 04
    Mar
    Organization
    Open Soccer Registration is set for Monday, March 5th from 6-8pm.  Below are the spots that are available per division: Hotshot - 65 spots Tyke - 69 spots Junior - 46 spots Intermediate - 28 spots We have coaching spots available as well so ...
  • 10
    Feb
    Organization
    It is hard to believe with all this snow that we are talking soccer but it is just around the corner!!  We have our Soccer registration information available now on our website.  Please follow the below link for further information!!  Soccer ...
Printed from pointminor.ca on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:43 PM