Development guidelines for seven- and eight-year-old players

Under-9 hockey players

Under nine 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.

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Goals for the U9 age category are:

• Fun
• Reviewing of basic skills
• Refining of basic skills

Resource PDF’S


The U9 program recommends the following practice time allotment:

• 75% technical skills
• 15% individual tactics
• 10% team tactics
• 0% team play
• 0% strategy

U9 Downloads