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Mite Travel Hockey & Mite Development Program (MDP) Explanations


Please read carefully through the following program descriptions for your young Mite aged players at the Winter Club.

NCWC Mite Travel Hockey Program:

*Registration will open TODAY (Monday, May 16) for NCWC Mite Travel Hockey.

The Winter Club hockey program focuses on player development and character development with a heavy emphasis on age appropriate skill development so players have the foundation and confidence to compete successfully as they move on in the game. Mite Travel is open to players with 2014, 2015, 2016 birth years.

• The Mite Travel experience consists of 2 practices during the week and 1-2 games on the weekend. Commitment to the team is an integral part of player development and their overall experience.

• Tryouts will be held in early September. Heading into tryouts please remember that hockey is a late development sport. The development of a hockey player is a marathon not a sprint, so please be patient with your player as they continue down their own unique development path. As we get into tryouts please know that the evaluators will be looking to place players on appropriate teams where they can develop the most, where they can thrive, have the puck on their stick and make plays.

NCWC Mite Development Program:

*Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 1 for our Mite Development Program (Fall Season Only). 

For rising hockey players and those looking for a non-travel hockey option, the New Canaan Winter Club offers a Mite Development Program (MDP). This is a fun-filled program that develops skating fundamentals and other movement skills that align with USA Hockey’s Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

• MDP Fall Primer Clinic – Open to players with 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018* birth years.

• The MDP Fall Skills Clinic is for players who can already skate independently and are able to participate in a 50 minute practice without assistance from their parents. *This is not a Learn to Skate class. Learn to Skate classes and Hockey Skating Skills Classes are available through our Group Skating Program.

• Program will begin in mid September (following the conclusion of Mite Travel tryouts) and conclude at the opening of the MDP Winter Season. This Fall Primer Clinic will be held one (1) day a week and will include upbeat skill development sessions with a focus on mastering balance and posture, and gaining proficiency in edge work, stride mechanics, and puck handling skills.

• We will again be offering a 1x/week game experience Select Team option for those that are deemed ready via an evaluation by the coaching staff. Games will take place on Saturday’s at Chelsea Piers over 10 weeks in the fall. There will be no additional practices and an additional ‘Select Team’ fee will apply.

There will be a separate registration at a later date in the fall for the Winter MDP Program which runs from early November through late February/early March. The Winter Program meets 3x/week and consists of 2 skills practices a week and 1 game day. Similar to past years, most players will have the opportunity to play in games with outside opponents.


by posted 05/16/2022