PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

"People would say, 'Girls don't play hockey. Girls don't skate.' I would say, 'Watch this.'"

Hayley Wickenheiser

"Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back. Play for her."

Mia Hamm

"Youth sports participation is linked to substantial physical, social-emotional, and achievement-related benefits. For girls in particular, research consistently demonstrates sports participation is linked to their improved physical and mental health; academic achievement; and increased levels of body esteem, confidence, and mastery, with some indication that girls reap greater benefits from sports participation than do boys."

Coaching Through a Gender Lens: Maximizing Girls’ Play and Potential
WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION

ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS

Jr. Inferno First Strides Program

This learn-to-play hockey program is for girls aged 4-8 who have limited or no skating experience and want to play hockey for the first time. First Strides includes 17 on-ice sessions on Saturday mornings beginning October 20120 The registration fee is $325.

This fun, positive introductory program focuses on preparing players for hockey through skill development and small area games. There are no formal hockey games, tournaments or travel.

For more information, visit our Jr. Inferno First Strides page.

Intro to Hockey Model

Hockey Alberta has finalized the Intro to Hockey Model, which provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players ages 5-8 years. These rules and guidelines are required for all Initiation and Novice level hockey in Alberta.

The purpose of this model is to address the need for more skill development in the novice age category, to provide a positive environment for learning the fundamentals of hockey, and to stimulate interest and desire to continue playing the game of hockey.

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Skill Sequence Program

GHC has introduced a Skill Sequence Training program designed to address a gap in the foundational skating and puck control skills of our players. The intention of this program is to minimize the spread of skill within our teams, and to promote a consistency in our coaching language and instruction delivery.

This program has been researched and designed by a group of passionate coaches, with the help of leading hockey experts, in order to meet the unique skill development needs of our female hockey players. It is a volunteer-based program that is delivered, modified and measured at no cost to GHC teams.

On-Ice Development (U7 & U9)

GHC has partnered with P3 Sports Inc to provide on-ice team training sessions to our Jr. Inferno Community teams in U7 (Timbits) and U9. GHC's goal in partnering with P3 is to identify age-specific skill progressions and teaching points, to maximize coach and player development, and to promote a positive hockey experience for our players.

As per Hockey Canada development guidelines, younger age groups benefit from development initiatives that focus on on-ice fundamentals. P3 training programming helps young athletes learn and practice proper technique while developing muscle memory that leads to increased balance, speed, edge control and confidence.

Access to P3 resources and programming is provided to U7 (Timbits) and U9 teams through the GHC Team Development Fund.

2019/20 GHC Community Development and Team Training Guide

Off-Ice Development (Community Atom+)

GHC partners with local fitness training providers to deliver off-ice team training sessions to our Jr. Inferno Community teams in U11, U13, U15 and U18. Off-ice training programs are intended to establish correct movement patterns, develop a commitment and discipline to conditioning, and ensure proper strength and stability to minimize and prevent injuries.

2019/20 GHC Community Development and Team Training Guide

All Female Divisions

GHC worked in partnership with Hockey Calgary to create tailored, competitive, skill-balanced all-female divisions from U11 (Atom) to U18 (Midget) to better incorporate the needs of female hockey teams in a co-ed structure. Hockey Calgary now has five divisions featuring all-female teams: U18 (Midget) A Girls, U18 (Midget) B Girls, U15 (Bantam) Girls, U13 (Peewee) Girls and U11 (Atom) Girls. As the only all-female hockey association in Zone 9 (Hockey Calgary), those divisions are made up of our GHC teams.

All U7 (Timbits), all U9 (Novice), some U11 (Atom) and some U13 (Peewee) GHC teams play in co-ed divisions, while the majority of others play in these all-female divisions. Players are rostered to these teams based on their evaluation performance. All GHC teams play in Hockey Calgary’s Community stream.

Conditioning and ID Camps

GHC's Calgary Fire AAA/AA Female Hockey Program hosts Spring Identification Camps for potential elite players. This is an opportunity for athletes to experience an elite level of hockey and learn more about our Calgary Fire program. It also gives Calgary Fire coaches an opportunity to meet potential players and identify the skill level for the upcoming season.

GHC typically hosts pre-season conditioning camps for registered players from U7 (Timbits) to U18 AAA. These camps take place in late summer leading up to the evaluation schedule. Registration for conditioning camps is available at the time of league registration.

Participation in our pre-season conditioning camps and Spring ID camps is not required in order to register for GHC.

PARTNERS IN TEAM TRAINING

Goaltender Development Program

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GHC is committed to developing female goaltenders!

Our substantial Goaltender Development Program includes:

  • Registration Fee Rebate Program*
  • Bi-weekly skill sessions with accredited goalie consulting & training company
  • Development sessions with accredited goalie consulting & training company
  • “Pop-Up” practice consultations and skill sessions
  • Goalie Coach Development Sessions
  • U9 (Novice) goalie clinics
  • Goalie equipment rentals

*Full-time goalies only. Calgary Fire AAA/AA fees are not eligible for the rebate program.

For more information on our Goaltender Development Program, please contact jrinfernogoalies@gmail.com.

Annual Grow the Game Initiative

For the fifth year in a row, more than 150 female hockey players took the ice at ECTAS for our FREE Grow the Game event on March 1, 2020.

GHC coaching staff and members of GHC's Calgary Fire AAA/AA teams ran three back-to-back sessions for new and experienced hockey players to learn more about the female game.

Thank you to the organizers, volunteers and sponsors who support these events!

REGISTER NOW

Hockey Xtra Tells Our Story

Watch Hockey Xtra Show's episode, "Grow the Game with Girls Hockey Calgary"

Photo: Dave Holland
Photo: Dave Holland

Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival (WICKFEST)

Photo: Dave Holland
Photo: Dave Holland
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GHC is an official partner with WickFest, Hayley Wickenheiser's annual female hockey festival. This year, the festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

November 14-17, 2019
Bantam and Midget

November 21-24, 2019
Novice, Atom, Peewee, Elite

Registration is now open!

Pre-Application Opens April 5, 2019.

Additional Events & Programs

The following organizations offer annual events for female athletes in Calgary. Please note, links are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily imply the endorsement of GHC.

Hockey Calgary Leadership Day

IIHF Women's Hockey

Grindstone Award Foundation

This Girl Can Expo

Fast and Female

Hockey Canada Esso Fun Days

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Calling all future GHC Goaltenders!

GHC and TPG Top Prospects Goaltending are hosting a FREE goalie clinic for prospective goalies on Mar 1, 2020 @ 1:45 pm (ECTAS).