Development guidelines for 11- and 12-year-old players

Under-13 hockey players

Under 13 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 U13 age division are:

• Fun
• Refining of individual tactics
• Introduction to team play


The U13 program recommends the following practice time allotment:

• 45% technical skills
• 25% individual tactics
• 10% team tactics
• 10% team play
• 10% strategy