U13 Program Overview

U13 (2012-2013)

The U13 Community Hockey program offers a tiered structure for players with varying levels of experience for players born in 2012 and 2013. The tiered structure makes it suitable for players with, or without, prior experience in earlier categories.

  • Players will participate in evaluations in September which typically involve a couple of skill evaluation sessions, followed by 3 - 4 scrimmage style sessions spread over a couple of weeks. Throughout the evaluation process, players can anticipate skating with different players to help achieve the end result of having similarly skilled players placed together on teams. For more information on evaluations, please check out the Evaluations page.
  • Following the completion of evaluations, tiered teams will be formed consisting of 15 to 18, including 1 or 2 goalies.
  • Players can expect to have a 20 game season (including a tiering round and regular season), with 18+ practices from October through March. Ice times can be weekday evenings and/or weekends.
  • All teams will complete in the Minor Hockey Week tournament in January, plus Playoffs after the regular season ends.
  • Players can expect to play games throughout Edmonton and the surrounding area as part of the Edmonton Federation Hockey League (EFHL). Games last 1.5 hours, are officiated by referees, and scores are kept.
  • Efforts are made to have practices located in the south east corner of Edmonton, but final location depend on the allocated ice from Hockey Edmonton.
  • Team often try to play in 2-3 tournaments per year which can be in the Edmonton area, or elsewhere in Alberta, depending on availability.
  • Player families can expect to contribute seed money (amounts will vary depending on what parents decide for their team) and participate in various fundraising activities to help offset the costs of additional practice ice, tournament fees, apparel, or other off-ice activities. Decisions regarding how many extra activities any given team will participate in, plus the associated budget, will be determined by the parents at the beginning of the season.
  • The development focus will emphasizes skating and hockey skills tailored to the team's skill level.
  • Players interested in trying out for U13 Tier 1 can find more information on the SEERA U11AA / U13 Tier 1 page.