Welcome, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in partnership with Hockey Canada has mandated CROSS ICE hockey for age-appropriate players at the initiation level. We are looking forward to the NEW season and welcoming the NEW wave of hockey players into our great game. Take the time to read over the information available provided by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association's staff and other personal who are implementing cross ice hockey. Also included on this page is information on coaching, staff requirements for your team, equipment and officiating information. If you have any questions, please fee free to contact the SHA office at (306) 789-5101.


Hockey Canada developed the Timbits Hockey Canada U7 Program to make the first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. It is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program designed to introduce beginners to the game's basic skills. It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play.

The Timbits Hockey Canada U7 Program is designed for players five and six years old, but is suitable for any entry-level hockey player and clearly lays out how to get them started in hockey so they will have fun, learn skills and develop confidence.

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association along with Hockey Canada believes that hockey should be, first and foremost, fun for all participants. A big part of delivering that is ensuring the programming is age-appropriate. Cross ice/half ice hockey at the Initiation age ensures the playing surface is altered to an appropriate size for young players:

  • For development, you likely won’t put five-and six-year-olds on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball on a full-sized court with no height adjustments – hockey is no different.
  • Cross ice/half ice hockey allows young players the opportunity for more puck-touches which promotes greater opportunity for skill development (puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination) and decision-making.
  • Players on cross ice/half
  • ice have been shown to receive five times more passes and take six times more shots than when they are on a full-sized rink.
  • Small-area games are used at all levels of the game – including Senior hockey with National Teams and in the NHL.

The benefits of cross ice/half-ice hockey go beyond player development; the special boards and bumpers allow minor hockey associations to alleviate the pressure around scheduling and ice-time availability by safely allowing multiple practices and games to take place on one rink simultaneously.

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.

SHA U7 Mentorship

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is pleased to be launching the SHA U7 Coach Mentorship Program. Under the direction of the Senior Coordinator of Hockey Development, the SHA U-7 Coach Mentor shall assist in the recruitment and retention of players and coaches in a specific region.

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is NOT making Cross Ice dividers mandatory for associations to purchase, but they can be very useful and come in many different forms. They are used to help stop pucks from crossing into different “zones”. They also form a barrier that defines where kids should be concentrating their efforts.

If associations are looking to purchase dividers or mini-nets, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association has provided a list of vendors.


  • Standard size is 85’.
  • Each set contains 9 sections. (8 @ 10’ and 1 @ 5’)
  • Made from a flexible non-tear tarpaulin material.
  • High-density polyurethane foam padding.
  • Velcro on each end to connect the sections together.
  • Available in these colors; Black, Red, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Kelley Green, Light Charcoal Grey


  • Advertising pockets
  • Custom sizes
  • Individual sections
  • Volume discounts


  • 36" x 24" x 12"

Cross 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  
Mini Nets
Source for Sports Regina, SK www.westerncycle.ca N/A
Athletica Sport System Waterloo, ON www.athletica.com PDF

Based on the mandate set by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada to use Cross Ice Hockey for all Initiation level hockey to better help develop the skills of the players and offer age-appropriate regulations, the SHA’s Referee’s Division sees an opportunity to also help develop and introduce our officials in this controlled environment.

The option to use one official on the ice for Initiation games is still the local association’s choice and this officiating guide does not make this system mandatory, but simply provides an outline for those who chose to use this option and give young officials some guidance.

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