What is Chip?, CHIP (Erin-Hillsburgh Minor Hockey Association)

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Program Overview

The Initiation Program is a fun, progressive, learn to play teaching curriculum for children aged 3 - 7 yrs. Children learn through participating in practice drills and informal modified games (such as cross-ice hockey, relays, and obstacle courses). There are 3 levels in CHIP - G1, G2, and G3.  

Please review the FAQ's below and do not hesitate to contact [email protected] with any questions!


What will my child learn at the CHIP Program?
They will learn to skate. They will learn balance, agility and puck control. And, most of all, they will have fun!

What equipment will they need?
Players will need the following equipment (pls visit our equipment fitting guide)
Hockey Skates
CSA Approved Hockey Helmet (no bicycle helmets allowed)
Neck Guard (mandatory)
Mouth Guard (mandatory)
Shoulder Pads
Elbow Pads
Hockey Gloves
Jock or Jill
Hockey Pants
Shin Pads
Hockey Socks (extra)
Jersey (practice)
Hockey Stick
What / when is grading?
2019 Grading date is September 28th, times to be confirmed but likely 9am & 10am.

How many times will we be on the ice?
CHIP players are on the ice approximately 37 times between late September and March.

When will the ice times be?
Most weeks, you will be on the ice 1 night during the week and once on the weekend.

Where will we be playing?
The CHIP program is run from the Hillsburgh Arena.

What night will my practices be?
CHIP 1 - Tuesdays at 6-7pm
CHIP 2 -Tuesdays at 7-8pm
CHIP 3 -Wednesday at 6-7pm
All 3 groups also practice on Saturday mornings at 8am, 9am or 10am.

My child is 7 - should they play CHIP or Novice Local League?
If your child is 7 and has not yet been introduced to the fundamentals of hockey, you may want to start them in CHIP. We encourage all kids new to hockey to participate. If your child turns 7 this year and has some skating experience, you should attend the local league grading and the staff can recommend if your child should play CHIP or Novice. Although most kids are ages 4 to 6, we have included kids as young as 3 who have benefited from the program.

Can I be an on-ice volunteer?
Yes! We welcome on-ice volunteers - no experience required! Many of our newest skaters will need some helping hands when they first enter the program. You will need to attend a certification course called Respect in Sport (previously called Speak Out) before you can go on the ice with the kids. Please visit our Clinics page for more information on Speak Out and other clinics the EHMHA will be hosting throughout the season.

The success of the CHIP program relies on parents and family members to assist on the ice. The ice staff works in a team environment to deliver the curriculum outlined by the OMHA. To be eligible to participate on the ice, you are required to become certified in Respect in Sport. To attend an online e-learning course and become certified click Respect in Sport

To be a coach on a bench for Chip you need a Coach 2 certification.  For information contact [email protected]

Trainer Certification: Two options on this course. You can attend an e-learning course or a classroom course.

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