Sundays [12 weeks]

- 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM -

[Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 2021 and Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 2022]


1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

October 21 & 31, 2021 

November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021

December 5 and 12, 2021

January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2022

Buds Hockey League Under-9 will give young players the best on-floor experience, which leads to more skills, more floor time and more fun! Our league will help develop the finer points of hockey, and will benefit them in the long term.

Buds Hockey ball hockey league is designed to maximize the opportunity to get all players into the game.

As set out by Hockey Canada, Buds Hockey Under-9 league is for six (6) and eight (8) year olds.

Year of Birth

Year of BirthAge on Dec. 31, 2021Age Division
2013-20147Under-9 (U9)
2013-20149Under-9 (U9)

Following the steps put in place by Hockey Canada and adapted for ball hockey, our Buds Hockey League is designed to maximize the opportunity to get all players into the game.

The core elements are:

Game Time breakdown:

Beginning with a 10-15 Minute warm-up / practice.

Game is approx. two 20 Minute (running time) periods.

Ending with a 5 minute cool down and coach’s pep talk.

Promotion of continuous play on shift changes [buzzer will go off every 1 to 2 minute(s) to identify shift change, time length pending on if we find the minimum time frame is too short],

No offside and icing,

Face-offs after goals to teach correct positioning,

No penalties are called.

Positional Rotation:

All players okay all positions – forward (LW-ClRW)/defence (LD-RD)/goaltender.

Season Breakdown

First two weeks will be used as a development/evaluation period – no games, just practices. Teams will be selected at the completion of the practice period with teams announced the following day on our website.

Seven weeks of regular season hockey followed by the remaining three weeks being the playoffs.

All players will receive medals at the conclusion of the season/playoffs.

Stats won’t be recorded however scores will but only on the scoresheet.

Learning offside and icing will come in time, but the primary focus on age-appropriate training and programming needs to be on skill development in running, ball control, and passing, receiving and shooting.

Concepts like offside, icing, positional play and face-offs can be introduced at a later age when players move to the transition to U11 hockey.

All players should have an opportunity to play goal in full goalie equipment. Players should rotate through the position throughout the season.

The Hockey Canada Long-Term Player Development Model encourages a wide range of skill development at a young age, and focusing on a single position may limit the opportunity to practice skills in all areas.

Thanks to our wonderful friends at PBS Services Ltd. Trucks & Trailor Repairs we will have four sets of goalie gear for our league.

For sanitization purposes our friend Rian Mugford has graciously donated the Rocket Sport Dryer UV. With a combination of heat, UV light and vented air, ROCKET SPORT products are used to kill bacteria and keep equipment dry! Learn more at rocketsport.com

Yes, you can apply your refund credit towards your child’s registration for participation in our U9 Buds Hockey league and just pay the remaining balance owing.

When filling out a participation form for your child’s enrollment in our U9 Buds Hockey League, make a note in the notes section of the application that you are using a refund credit towards your child’s registration fees.

Payment options – two payments of $110.00 or one payment of $220.00.

Payment ScheduleA deposit of half your registration costs are to be received by Buds Hockey League upon submitting a registration form. All outstanding fees are due no later than August 1, 2021. Payments received by this date ensures that a spot is reserved for your child. Submission of the registration form alone does not finalize the registration process.

All payments are to be made via EMT (Email Money Transfer) to accountspayable@hockeybuds.ca (if applicable, use budshockey as password) Include child’s name in the subject heading.

Each child will receive:

Twelve weeks of hockey consisting of one session per week.

A Buds Hockey T-Shirt with a number on the back.

A Buds Hockey Water bottle.

A chapter book. [final week]

Happy Meal Coupon. [final week]

Buds Hockey awards Medal. [final week]

Registration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association.

Yes, if your child meets the age requirements we will accept her registration for our league.

All of our Hockey Buds, MiNi Buds and Buds Hockey programs/leagues are open to every child.