LMHA to host U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot Team
On June 7, 2022 Hockey Alberta announced changes to the structure of U11 hockey in the province. After a successful pilot project of U11 AA teams in Northern Alberta the program is being expanded province wide. The new U11 program is being renamed to the U11 Hockey Alberta Development Pilot (HADP). Information on that program can be located here:
Hockey Alberta has stated the following regarding U11 HDAP:
â€œThe 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 Canadaâ€™s U11 Pathway will be followed, as the best philosophy for developing players is to create an environment where similarly skilled players can compete.â€
For the 2022-2023 season LMHA will be hosting one U11 HADP team (originally LMHA was moving to two teams but factors have resulted in a reduction to one). All players located within Lethbridge, along with players in surrounding communities without an HADP program are eligible to tryout for the Lethbridge teams.
The registration process for tryouts along with the tryout dates and structure will be announced later this summer. All players trying out for HADP need to be registered by September 1.
Should you be interested in coaching one of the U11 HADP teams please submit a coaching application through the LMHA website.
It is anticipated that Lethbridge players not selected to HADP will have the opportunity to tryout for a Tier Travel team. Non-Lethbridge players not selected to HADP will return to their home minor hockey association for placement.
In addition to HADP and Tier, LMHA will still host a city only U11 league for Lethbridge residents.
Any questions can be directed to the LMHA U11 governor, Kyle Meyers, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.