Welcome to the Novice page for SHA players aged 7 and 8 years old. This page serves as a resource for the upcoming season of NOVICE HALF-ICE hockey. Outlined below are the playing rules, game structure, regulations and other resources for Novice Half-Ice hockey.


  • All Games until January 1st are Half Ice with Skill Zone on opposite end
  • Exhibition games may begin Nov 15th
  • Tournaments games may begin Dec 1st.
  • Full Ice games may begin AFTER Jan 1st, including the start of league play
    • Teams have the following options for game formats after January 1st;
      • Continue to play half ice games with the half ice game format rules.
      • Play full ice with the half ice game format rules.
      • Play full ice like any other regular full ice game in an older age group.
  • If a League decides to have playoffs, they must be Tournament Style format over no more than two weekends.
  • 45 is the maximum number of games allowed in a season

​Basic Rules of Half Ice Games

  • Full-size nets will be used
  • 3-minute warmup. (Home Team will use the game zone and the visiting team will use the skills zone)
  • The half-ice game will be played 5 on 5 (skaters) and 1 goalie from each Team or both Teams may alter the format, 4 on 4 or 3 on 3, if the number of players on one or both teams is less than 10 skaters.
  • Games are 2 x 24-minute periods. (Teams will switch ends after the first period)
  • Players benches will not be used. Those players not participating in the half-ice game zone will be in the half-ice skills zone working with their coaches until the buzzer sounds and there is a line change which signals their turn to enter the game zone.
  • Officials will draw a dot in the middle of the game zone for all face-offs. Its is the responsiblity of the home team to provide bingo dabbers for drawing face-off dots, NOT the official.
  • Shift are 2 minutes, running time continuous play. (See below)
  • Buzzer sounds once at the end of each 2-minute shift; however, the clock continues to run.
  • There are no icing or off-side calls.
  • Score will be kept; however, goals and assists will NOT be recorded.
  • Goalies may not be pulled at any time.
  • Line matching must take place. The more advanced players from each team being matched against the more advanced players from the opposing team.

For full list of rules and regulations, click on the "Novice Half Ice Memorandum" button below.

Welcome new minor hockey coaches and team staff! The following information will assist you and your team in being prepared as well as certified for the season.

Being new to the Novice Half-Ice game structure parents may have questions about regarding benefits, structure or a number of other things. Following the link below, Hockey Canada's "Introduction to Novice Hockey Program" is a great starting point for any parent to better their understaning of the Novice program. 

With the intorduction of Novice Half-Ice Hockey there are alot of questions surrounding the changes. The FAQ's section below has been developed by the SHA to help clarify the new format for Minor Hockey Associations, teams, parents and coaches.

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is NOT making the Half-Ice boards mandatory for associations. They also form a barrier that defines where kids should be concentrating their efforts.

If associations are looking to purchase dividers or half-ice boards, we have provided a list of contacts below;

Half-Ice Dividers
Company Location Website More Info Contact
Saskatoon Bag & Case Saskatoon, Sk www.sbccase.com PDF
Athletica Sport System Waterloo, ON www.athletica.com PDF
Omni Sport Stony Plain, AB www.omnisport.ca  
White Ice Calgary, AB www.white-ice.com  
1 Stop Playgrounds Humboldt, SK www.1stopplay.ca  

Hockey Canada recommends the inclusion of officials at the Novice level. At this level a two-official system will be employed. The system provides officials with an opportunity to experience several aspects of officiating, while keeping the operating costs at a manageable level for the teams and minor hockey associations.

See link below to learn more about officiating Novice Half-Ice;

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