The MAHG Program (Méthode d’Apprentissage de Hockey sur Glace) is in response to initiation requirements for hockey in the province of Quebec. The MAHG Program was created and fully respects standards relating to long-term player development. It is up to those in charge of hockey, locally and regionally, to ensure that the method is applied correctly as well as other aspects of the rules and regulations. The rules were created and adopted in terms of the welfare of the youngster learning fundamental hockey skills while still having fun.
The Initiation sector of Hockey Québec is aimed towards the Pre-Novice and Novice divisions, which is to say that it is for players of 4 to 8 years old.
In order to teach the rudiments of hockey to these young children, the federation has developed a training program based on learning different technical skills and techniques, through lessons and play. This program is call “Méthode d’Apprentissage de Hockey sur Glace” and is made up of 4 teaching levels to accommodate all levels of hockey players 5 to 8 years old or younger.
- Acquire basic knowledge of the game
- Develop basic technical skills
- Learn progressively and repetitively
- Respect each youngster’s pace of learning
Points Emphasized by the Program
- Skating ability
- Puck handling
- Small area games