This is the most significant period for development. This is the window of accelerated adaptation to motor coordination. Group interaction, team building and social activities should be emphasized. A reasonable balance of practices and games will foster the ongoing development and mastery of essential skills in hockey.


Begin to consolidate the basic technical Skills of the Game. Increased focus on hockey with a reduction in the number of other sports played to 1-2. Introduction and development of Advanced Team Tactics, Team Play and Strategy. Depending on player introduce other activities into physical preparation and being to develop a solid base for general physical preparation. Hockey Canada recommends that players in the Learning to Train stage continue to focus on the development and refinement of individual skills and individual tactics. Upwards of 80% of training should be dedicated to individual skills and tactics in this stage.


The focus of the Peewee age group for coaches and players should be the following:

For Minor Hockey Associations


  • Continue to share ice between teams to maximize the usage of the ice, especially during prime time

  • Encourage coaches to continue their education through the Hockey Canada Specialty Clinics, Instructional Stream 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


  • The intensity is gradually and progressively increased during training 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, focus

  • NCCP training in the Introduction to Competition Development Stream. This stream focuses on the development of coaching and teaching skills for the acquisition of skills and tactics as well as providing coaches with tools to develop physical and mental preparation skills in their players.

  • 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 your 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 enrollment in supplementary programs.