U7 Initiation Program

Updated August 28, 2023


The Initiation Program is the first stage of the U7 hockey season. It is a skills-based program for all U7 players to develop their hockey skills and confidence before team-based game play begins in November.



  • September 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
  • October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29


Players must wear full equipment and provide their own jersey, socks, and water bottle.

Visit the parents page for information on hockey equipment fitting.

Ice Times

  • 45-minute sessions beginning at 7:45 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, and 10:15 am.
  • Groups rotate through start times so that no group always has the 7:45 am start time.


Players will be placed in one of four groups (A, B, C, D) based on the player's home community centre.

Players will be placed in one of four colour groups based on ability and experience. Grouping players by ability will allow them to develop their skills and confidence alongside their peers, and to enhance enjoyment as they begin their hockey season.

  • Green – New skater
  • Blue – Beginner
  • Yellow – Intermediate
  • Red – Advanced

Players will be moved around the first weekend to ensure they are in the correct group according to their ability and experience. Further movement may happen as the program progresses.


We hope that you and your child enjoy the U7 Initiation Program and the hockey season. Thanks for supporting the St. James Assiniboia Minor Hockey Association!