The focus during the Bantam and Midget stage is on building an aerobic base, developing speed and strength and further developing and consolidating sport specific technical skills with an increased emphasis on hockey and a reduction in the number of other sports played. This phase will also include the introduction and development of individual and group tactics. Social and emotional considerations are addressed by placing an emphasis on team-building, group interaction and social activities.


Develop basic psychological attributes: concentration, activation, visualization, relaxation, positive internal dialogue Develop training routines to complement the main part of the ice session: warm-up, hydration, cool down, nutrition, etc.


The focus of the Bantam and Midget age groups for coaches and players should be the following:

For Associations

  • Provide enhanced skill development opportunities for players.

  • Encourage coaches to continue their education through the Hockey Canada Specialty clinics and other continuing education offerings.

  • Structure competition based on the differences in development and abilities.

  • Provide coaches with the latest and most up to date resources to assist with seasonal planning and skill teaching.

  • Provide mentoring pathway within organization.

For Coaches

  • In Bantam, the intensity is increased during training to meet the competition demands. Make the task more difficult (effort given, greater speed of execution).

  • In Midget, the intensity is gradually and progressively increased during training in order to meet the competition demands. Make the task more difficult (effort given, greater speed of execution)

  • The training session preparing the team for a competition must mirror the game requirements

  • Begin to work with players on the mental skills of goal setting, visualization, and focus.

  • If you are coaching at an appropriate level (Bantam AAA or Midget AAA), look for High Performance coach education programs to continue to develop your coaching skills.

  • Continue to focus on the fundamental technical skills and the tactical application of these skills.

  • The tactic/strategy is adapted to the age level and the background of the players and to the typical characteristics of the team.

For Parents

  • Learn to go to the limit of your performance capabilities if you wish to improve.

  • Begin to focus on 2-3 sports but continue to be active.

  • Physical preparation becomes important and a focus on training is key – develop good habits

  • Inventory your strengths and weaknesses; what hockey skills do you need to work on to take you game to the next level?

  • Parents educate themselves on what types of training should be done at this age or the development age of their kids for educated enrolment in supplementary programs.