MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6 AND UNDER)
USA Hockey calls all players 8 years old and under "Mites". The MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U) program is for players that typically have one year of skating experience (Intro to Hockey or equivalent). There will be 1 practice per week (usually on Saturday) and 1 cross ice game (usually on Sunday) starting in mid-October and running through the end of February. In addition, skaters can attend a weeknight skills clinic for free running from December through February. Players will be divided into teams that are as competitively even as possible.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Children ages 5 and 6 (and some 7 year olds based on their size or skill level) who have 1 year of skating experience (Intro to Hockey or equivalent). For the 2017/18 season, that would be birth years 2011 and 2012 (and some born 2010).
WHAT MAKES MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6u) DIFFERENT THAN INTRO TO HOCKEY?
MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U) follows the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) to focus on the skills necessary to play the game of hockey. Since the children have already had 1 year of Intro to Hockey instruction, the focus can be on hockey skill development to go along with continued skating development.
The MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U) season begins on October 28, 2017. The teams can be on the ice up to 2 times each week as follows:
- Saturday practice at 7:15am at Canterbury or 11:30am at The Gunnery. **
- Sunday game at 9:15am at Canterbury or 2:15pm at The Gunnery. **
** The Saturday/Sunday schedule rotates each week between Canterbury and The Gunnery. One weekend will follow the Canterbury schedule and the next weekend will follow The Gunnery schedule. The exact schedule will be posted on the Northwest Icehawks website.
PLACEMENT ON A TEAM
There are no tryouts required to play MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U). Any player that would like to join the program will be placed on a team. To sign up for MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U), online registration is required. Although players can register up until the start of the season in mid-October, early registration is encouraged.
The cost to play MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U) is $350 for the season. In addition, registration with USA Hockey is required for insurance purposes. The cost to register with USA Hockey is currently $47.50 and that fee is paid directly to USA Hockey. You must FIRST register with USA Hockey before registering for MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (6U). Note: USA Hockey does not charge a fee for players born 2011 or later, but registration is still required.