Hockey Canada Half Ice Mandate / Hockey Alberta U7 Standards / DVMH Guidelines

Sep. 26 - 2022

Please click on the following link to familiarize yourself to the Hockey Canada Half Ice Mandate and the Hockey Alberta U7 Standards.


DVMH U7 Guidelines 2022-2023 Season


DVMH recognizes the 4-6-year-old teams as U7 (2016-2018 birth years)


  1. No more than 20 games during the season

  2. Games are considered anything over 21 minutes in length vs opponent (try to keep

    practice scrimmages to no longer than 15 min please)

  3. Tournament and exhibition games count

    (No out of town games until December - no exceptions)

  4.  Jamboree days (house league play) only count as 1 game for the day

  5. 3:1 ratio practices to games

  6. All games to have a game sheet and manager to keep a copy

  7. Remember to obtain a travel permit if playing outside of our association



  1. Games and scrimmages are to be played on a modified ice surface such as cross ice or half ice, not full ice - As per Hockey Canada Mandate.  

  2. Games and scrimmages will be played 4 on 4 plus a goalie (different goalie every shift).
  3. Hockey Alberta Standards will be followed:

     - blue pucks

    - no score to be kept

    - no dressed goalies, only goalie stick is permitted (Optional)

    - FACE OFFs at the beginning of each period ONLY. 

  4. No set goalies, coaches are encouraged to rotate players through. Coaches, please encourage the goalie to stand up in net. They can make a save however they choose when the shot comes, but we are trying to stay away from kids kneeling on the ice using their stick to block the net at all times. As well, injury from a shot is more likely if they are on their knees.

  5. 3 minute shifts controlled by buzzer. After buzzer puck is left on the ice and players change on the fly. Next group picks up where last shift left off. No faceoffs. 

  6. 3 goal rule per player per game

  7. Intermediate sized nets


Have a great season everyone!!





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