2022 U11 HADP and Tier 1 Information

Whitemud West Hockey Association is excited to announce we will be fielding 2 teams in the new U11 Hockey Alberta Development Program (HADP) this fall (previously called the U11 Tier 1 Pilot). These HADP teams will operate as the top level of U11 hockey, followed by tiers 1-5. It will provide players with a developmental system that focuses on age-appropriate skill development, and acts as a feeder system for elite hockey programs.  Fielding 2 HADP teams within Whitemud West will allow us to give the highest level of development to approximately 32 players which is a key objective for our organization as we compete with other leagues for our top talent.  It aligns our top U11 players with the AA Hockey Model and Tiered Alberta One system to ensure a proper development pyramid and feeder system into U13AA (CAC). 

The Tiers have then been adjusted from the old 1-6 with the new HADP, Tiers 1,2,3,4 and 5. Tiers 1 through 5 will participate in the regular scheduled U11 Evaluations.

If you have registration questions, please contact our office by email at registrar@whitemudwest,com or phone at 780-486-6486

More information on the HADP program at https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/players/u11-pathway/u11-hadp/






Included for this season the U11 HADP Teams will have:


  • 24 GAMES – that are 75-minutes in length (18 Games are given for Tiers 2-5) (Tier 1 will get 24 – 60-minute games) *TBC
  • 24 PRACTICES – Tiers 1-5 are given 18 practices  *TBC
  • 12 Development Ice Sessions – Power skating, Stickhandling, etc. (In addition to the 24 practices)
  • 6 Off-ice sessions RVX, ATHX as examples
  • Tournament – up to $1500


If your player makes the U11 HADP team, the additional cost for the program will be $825 per player.

This amount will be in 2 payments – the first payment is October 15th  with the second payment due November 15th.   The team has the option to use Fundraising, Sponsorship funds, Donations, etc. to offset the cost of the second payment.

*The maximum additional cash call that the U11 HADP teams can have cannot exceed $300.00 per player.

**If with a majority vote the team decides to enter other tournaments this could exceed the $300 cap.

***In previous years the U11 HADP team cash calls have been upwards of $1000.00 per player.



Playing and competing at the highest levels demands a great deal of commitment from both the individual player and their parent(s).  Full commitment from the player and families is expected.  The fees for the HADP will not be prorated if you are away on holidays, if your player cannot attend a session, etc.


At the U11 HADP level, players can expect to be on the ice up to 4-5 times per week with their team including practices, games, additional on ice or off-ice training such as power skating, skills camps, workouts etc.


Players will typically compete in a minimum of 30-40 games throughout the season, including the regular EMHA schedule, Minor Hockey Week, Exhibition Games and Tournaments.

U11 TIER 1PROGRAM (formerly U11 Tier 2)

The U11 Tier 1 teams are getting 6 extra games this season (24 Games total-all games are 60 minutes) and will be given 6 extra practices - the additional fee for these 6 games/6 practices for players that make a U11 Tier 1 team is $400 per player above the U11 Regular registration fee to cover these costs. This is due by October 15th.