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The Atom Transitional Plan

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Purpose

The Atom Transitional Plan (ATP) was developed to assist players as they graduate from cross/half ice to full ice hockey. With the game dynamically changing, it was important that this document be developed to best prepare athletes, coaches and Minor Hockey Associations (MHA) to ensure a positive experience at the Atom level. BC Hockey was fortunate to assemble some of the best Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and technical hockey programmers in the province and country to devise a transitional plan complete with suggested practice plans, controlled scrimmage instructions and support materials.

Goal

The goal of the ATP is to ensure that players entering their first year of Atom are equipped with the skills and knowledge to adapt to a full ice surface. These include:

Stoppage/Start of Play – Foundations of Full Ice Gameplay
Spatial Awareness – Defensive and Offensive Zone Concepts
Rule Adjustment – Offside and Icing
Maintaining Game Flow – Changing on the Fly

The ATP is designed to support the Hockey Canada LTAD model and Novice Skills Manual which sets out the proper development priorities for seven (7) and eight (8) year old athletes. The Novice program recommends 75 percent technical skills,15 percent individual tactics and 10 percent team tactics.

Transition and Training Plan

The ATP sets out a development pathway for Minor and Major Novice players and works to best equip them for gameplay elements experienced in full-ice hockey.


Transitional Development Timeline (TDP)

Minor Novice

• All gameplay will be cross ice (No games or tournaments to be played full-ice)

• 3 ATP Practices will commence after the completion of the Cross Ice Development Program.

 

Major Novice

• All gameplay will be cross ice (No games or tournaments to be played full-ice)

• ATP Practices will commence after the completion of the Cross Ice Development Program.

• Controlled scrimmages on a full-ice surface will be facilitated after the completion of the three ATP Practices. This will allow players to attain a basic understanding of the new rules and gameplay dynamics before entering full ice gameplay.

 

Atom

• ATP Practices will be the first three practices to Start the season.

• Controlled scrimmages on a full-ice surface will be facilitated after the completion of the three ATP Practices. This will allow players to attain a basic understanding of the new rules and gameplay dynamics before entering full ice gameplay.

• Start normal seasonal plan for Full Ice Hockey


ATP Practice Plans

ATP Practice 1

ATP Practice 2

ATP Practice 3


Controlled Scrimmages

One of the key elements of the ATP is running controlled scrimmages with a group of second year novice players (Major). This will acquaint them with hockey on the full ice surface and allow them to understand the rules and gameplay dynamics in a stress-free and fun environment.

 

Why controlled scrimmages?
• Because drills alone are teaching one (1) or two (2) skills, and at most one (1) decision.
• Can impact more players at a time.
• Is real-time instruction and players can experience different positions.
• Put players in a situation that is less structured and controlled than a normal game. This
removes any performance pressure and will allow players to focus on the learning objectives.

Number of Ice Sessions: Minimum of three (3)
Length of Ice Session: Minimum of one (1) hour per session.

 

Gameplay Logistics:
• Referees are optional
o If referees are assigned to these games they should understand the intent of the ice session which is player education. The spirit of the referee’s job in these games is to assist the coaches with the teachable moments. Providing the time and opportunity for the coaches to reinforce the teachable components is imperative.
• No scores kept
• No scoresheets
• Minimal penalties called
• Controlled Scrimmages are to be operated internally within a Minor Hockey Association – there is no need for scrimmages to be arranged with neighbouring associations as the purpose is educational not competitive.

 

Focus Points:
• Icing
• Offside
• Positional Play
• Face-off Positions/On-Ice Landmarks

 

Quantity of Players:
• Maximum 30 players, 4-6 units of five (5) players (total).
• Three (3) units on each team.
• One (1) unit from each team on the ice, two (2) on the bench.
• Players rotate positions within each unit.

 

Coach Duties:
• Two (2) or three (3) coaches behind each bench.
• Two (2) or three (3) coaches on the ice with whistles.
• Players must stop where they are when the whistle is blown.
• Coaches should familiarize themselves with the key instructional points located in the appendix documents.

 

Key Instructional Points:
• Rules based – icing, offside
• Positioning – offensive zone, defensive zone
• Changing on the fly – proper line change strategies

 

Progressions for Controlled Scrimmages:
1 Offside, Icing
2 Changing on the Fly
3 Offensive and Defensive Tactics