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Education - Practicality of BC Hockey in Our Schools Program

The program involves six (6) on-ice sessions formatted into a teaching unit. The suggestion is that these sessions each be 45 minutes of on-ice activity. A unit could easily be done once a week for six (6) weeks or using two (2) or three (3) ice sessions per week.

There are three (3) levels of curriculum developed:

  • Level 1 Primary – Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • Level 2 Intermediate – Grade 3 to Grade 7 or 8
  • Level 3 Secondary – Grade 8 or 9 to Grade 12

Each on-ice session is easily adaptable to the various hockey skill levels of the students by breaking the ice into stations.  Our pilots were successful with up to 70 students on the ice at one time in Level 1 – Primary.

BC Hockey, a volunteer based organization, recognizes the valued time it takes to administrate programming so has eased the burden by producing a program that is “turn-key.” From permission letters to checklists to student assessment scales, the program attempts to lessen the administration demands without missing necessary requirements.  In the plans are web-based program resource appendices which will lead to an array of classroom and gym activities. Also included will be ideas to enhance instructor capabilities.

It is with this practicality we present:

  • A hockey physical education program for students in Grades K to 12 that demonstrates a partnership with the school district, the school, the community and BC Hockey.
  • A program that is available to urban and rural, male and female, diverse ethnic groups and disabled students.
  • A program whereby hockey and educational leaders from throughout the province cooperated on the design of a hockey program using the Ministry of Education’s Physical Education Learning outcomes.
  • A program where a rubric has been developed for the learning outcomes and achievement indicators of the Physical Education Draft Curriculum.
  • A hockey experience that will increase physical activity and promote a healthy lifestyle in schools, complement the efforts of local minor hockey associations, and serve as an introduction to Hockey Canada’s Skills Academies.
  • A program that offers instruction and skill development at the ability level of students.
  • A program that encourages assistance through BC Hockey education coordinators, instructors to be responsible for the supervision of instruction during sessions, lead instructors to be either retired members or current members of the BC College of Teachers. Lead instructors to be certified in the National Coach Certification Program.
  • A program that features 45-minute sessions of activity utilizing arena facilities during the school day.
  • A program that demonstrates a partnership with the school district, the school, the community and BC Hockey.
  • A program where BC Hockey education instructors can also provide classroom teachers with ideas and activities for off-ice gymnasium blocks.
  • A program where classroom teachers may use the snapshot rubric of the curriculum’s Active Living, Movement and Safety, and Fair Play and Leadership learning outcomes.


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