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Mite House is a developmental program for players ages 4 through 8 that emphasizes continued skill development through the use of teaching stations and cross-ice games. The program introduces players to the game of hockey as a safe and positive experience.  This controlled environment is geared toward beginner players and will teach the basic skills of hockey while building self-confidence, teamwork and fair play.  This program is open to boys and girls from any local area town.


This program provides a seamless transition to hockey for players who have basic skating ability.  Skaters must have basic skating ability (how to turn, and stop) in order to participate in the Mite House program.  Players with no skating experience must register in the First Step Hockey program.


Full Equipment Required

Equipment starter packages and equipment discounts available at Vincent Sports Shop and Dick's Sporting Goods.  All new players receive a SYHA hockey jersey at no additional cost.


2022-23 Schedule 

Session will be held at International Skating Center of Connecticut unless otherwise specified


  • Tuesdays: 10/4 through 11/22 at 5:30 - 6:30pm; 11/29 through 12/20 at 6:10 - 7:10pm 

  • Saturdays from 8:00AM - 9:30AM


Session 1

October 4th through December 20th - No session on 10/8 or 11/26


Session 2

January 4th through March 4th



*Fees include participation in the annual James Cup tournament and player tee shirt

*Schedule subject to change.  Please see Team Page for full schedule


USA Hockey provides resources for coaches and parents to learn about implementation of cross-ice hockey.  To learn more, please click HERE


For more information on the Mite House program, contact Sam Taggard, Mite Development Director

For more information about or Mite Travel program, contact Bryan Lilley, Mite Travel Director

All players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2022-23 season in order to participate.  

Click HERE to register today!



The Annual James Cup is held in February each year.  Mite House players from Simsbury Youth Hockey and the Avon-Canton-Farmington program are invited to participate.  The James Cup honors the memory of James Stover, who was a SYHA Mite House player in 2003 when he passed away in a tragic accident.  James's zest for life and happy attitude are celebrated in this "just for fun" tournament, where no scores are kept and everybody gets in on the action on the ice. Each year at the tournament, a Simsbury Mite House player will be awarded the Gary Loftus Award, given in memory of a hockey parent extraordinare, recognizing a player's willingness to work hard while maintaining a positive attitude and exemplary sportsmanship.  All fees to participate in this rewarding annual event are included in player registration fees.
2023 James Cup will take place on TBD