Changes to U11 2022-23 Season

Jun. 07, 2022

U11 Pilot Project expanded, renamed for 2022-23 - HA Bulletin 21-11


For the 2022-23 hockey season, Hockey Alberta is expanding the U11 AA Pilot Project province wide and renaming it the U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot (U11 HADP). The focus of the U11 HADP is to implement amended hosting structures, player movement rules, league scheduling and Coach and Player Development Standards. 

During the 2021-22 hockey season, Hockey Alberta established the U11 AA Pilot Project in conjunction with the Northern Alberta Interlock (NAI). The initial pilot offered scheduling options conducive to league geography, a formal tryout process (similar to that used within the AA Hockey Model) and allowed players to be certain of the level of competition at which they would participate. Feedback was positive and the interest in a predetermined top level of U11 hockey continues to increase, which has resulted in expanding the pilot provincewide.

Under the U11 HADP, Hockey Alberta will be working in collaboration with our Minor Hockey Leagues and their member MHAs. The Central Alberta Hockey League, Hockey Calgary and Edmonton Federation Hockey League will host the U11 HADP for their member associations, while the All Peace Hockey League, NAI and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League will work together to host the U11 HADP for their member associations.

The goal of the U11 HADP is to identify the best overall structure for the top level of U11 and to ensure alignment and progression within the entire hockey system. The Principles of Long-Term Athlete Development and Hockey Canada’s U11 Pathway will be followed, as the best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete. 

The Alberta One Standardized Tiering Grid has been used to establish the number of teams permitted to operate U11 HADP programs. The number of U11 HADP hosting MHAs will be determined prior to August 1 and will be based on the number of U11 teams an association hosted during the 2021-22 hockey season: 

To ensure that all U11 players in Alberta that want to play and have the skill to play at the top level of U11, specific Player Movement Regulations have been developed to address the parameters of the Pilot. Players who do not have access to a U11 HADP team within their resident MHA will be permitted to pursue a U11 HADP tryout with a HADP-hosting MHA that is accepting HADP tryout players.

The link below contains the full U11 HADP, U11 HADP Current Teams Listing & Application Process, 2022-2023 Alberta One Standardized Tiering Grid and the Male Minor Hockey Player Pathway.

Hockey Alberta will be providing more information at the upcoming Hockey Alberta Summit, June 10-12 in Red Deer. We will also be hosting a virtual U11 HADP Open House on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 PM for member MHAs. To register for the Open House, please click here.

More information on the U11 HADP can also be found on the Hockey Alberta website here

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