U11 Development Program
New for the 2020-21 Season

For players born from 2010 to 2011

Our Development Program U11 is specialized for girls looking to excel to U13 AA/A level hockey. Transitioning from our Competitive Development Program (CDP - U7 to U9), our U11 program is professionally managed by Leo James. In 2020-21, all U11 girls registered with the North York Storm will participate in a 16-week program specifically designed to focus on skill development: agility, hand-eye, shooting and confidence!
This program also includes mentorship by the NYS U22AA (Junior) Team and Staff. The U11 players are closely mentored by their big sisters both on and off the ice, during practice and training sessions. This provides a level of encouragement to the U11 players beyond any other offering in the GTA. Not only does learning and confidence grow exponentially for our players, lifetime friends are cemented.
An off-ice agility and strength program is slowly introduced in order to build self-esteem and confidence in 'doing the extra things'. Building people first, athletes second and hockey players third.

For Players
More ice time | More puck time | More development | Core development | Mentorship
For Parents
More convenience | Less cost | Only Program of its kind in the GTA

NYS registered 2010 and 2011 born rep players are automatically part of the U11 Development Program. Teams practice twice every week. Due to the overwhelming interest in the NYS U11 program, we anticipate two bubbles of 50 participants (cohorts) to play competitive 4on4 intrasquad games. This will be incorporated in the 16-week program. That's 3 Sessions per Week! The games (third session) may be split across the 16 weeks - for example, one week may contain multiple games. The 50 participant bubbles (cohorts), when determined and created based on registration, will practice + develop + play games together.

Later in the fall, when we anticipate we will be allowed, U11 Development Program players will split into four or five competitive rep teams based on development level.

The program is open to modification based on guidance from the OWHA and Ontario Health authorities.


Coach Leo James : atom@northyorkstorm.com : 416.996.9621

Coach Barbra Mirani : director@northyorkstorm.com

U7 to U9 Competitive Development Program
NEW for the 2020-21 Season

For players born from 2012 to 2015

Our Competitive Development Program (CDP) was created with one purpose: DEVELOPMENT. The aim of the program is to provide a better way for all young hockey players to play more hockey and develop; at the same time be cost effective and more convenient for parents. All North York Storm house league players of all skill levels are eligible to try out and play on a North York Storm CDP team. North York will field multiple teams in each age group, and teams are tiered based on the players stage of development.

Program Benefits
For Players
More fun | More ice time | More puck time | More shots | More passes | More goals | More development

For Parents
More convenience | Less cost

Storm CDP teams practice every week and play against other girls CDP teams at local arenas across the GTA (normal year).  Teams also play exhibition games and enter tournaments (normal year).

CDP Follows Hockey Canada’s Player Development Model

  • CDP players must be registered and play within the North York Storm house league
  • Players of all skill levels are welcome.  Players will be tiered on an evaluation basis.
  • Teams are made up of rosters of 18 players (16 skaters, 2 goalies).
  • During game play, teams will be divided into two squads of 9 players (8 skaters, 1 goalie).
  • Two games will be played simultaneously in a 4-on-4 format (plus goalies).
  • U7 Games will be played in a cross-ice format.
  • U8 Games will be played in a half-ice format.
  • U9 Games will be played in a half-ice format and will change to full-ice after January 15th of every season to prepare for U11.
  • 44 minute games consisting of two 22 minute run-time periods.
    • Line changes are every 2 minutes on a buzzer, no stoppage in play.
    • With teams of 8 players, every player plays 2 minutes and rests for 2 minutes (shift on/shift off) providing a lot of ice time for every player

Season begins in early September and games start soon after.  Games will not be scheduled over holidays or during the public school system March Break. Playoffs are played in a round robin, festival/tournament format at the end of March (normal year).

The program is open to modification based on guidance from the OWHA and Ontario Health authorities.


Coach Leo James : atom@northyorkstorm.com : 416.996.9621