Development guidelines for 15-, 16- and 17-year-old players

Under-18 hockey players

Under 18 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 U18 age division are:

• Fun
• Refining team play and strategy


The U18 program recommends the following practice time allotment:

• 35% technical skills
• 15% individual tactics
• 20% team tactics
• 15% team play
• 10% strategy

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