Mites (ages 4-8)
Our hockey program is geared towards kids who are just starting hockey. We follow the American Development Model (ADM) of player development with station-based drills designed to combine fun, competitiveness and skill progression.
Focus on 4 Basics
Typically, 1st year players new to hockey (all 4 and new 5 year olds). All 1st year players must begin at this level and may be moved to a different level based on demonstrated skill. Players 5 years old that have at least 1 year of hockey experience and those new players 6 and older can attend the Mite balancing sessions. All 4 year olds and new 5 year olds will be assigned to a Mite 1 team. Mite 1 is typically comprised of 3-4 teams of 12-13 players.
Typically 5 and 6 year olds that have completed Mite 1, or 7 and 8 year olds new to hockey that have demonstrated the skill level necessary to skip Mite 1. Mite 2 is typically comprised of 3-4 teams of 12-13 players.
Typically 6-8 year olds that have at least 2 years of hockey experience or have demonstrated the skills necessary to move on from Mite 2, but are not ready for Mite 4. Others may be moved up only upon demonstrated skill and at the discretion of the Initiation Program Director. Mike 3 is typically comprised of 2-3 teams of 12-13 players.
Typically 8 year olds not ready to move to squirts or 7 year olds that have demonstrated the skills necessary to develop at this level. Mite 4 is typically comprised of 2 teams of 12-13 players. Only 7 and 8 year olds with at least 2 years of hockey experience are permitted to register for Mite 4. Other may be moved up only upon demonstrated skill and at the discretion of the Initiation Program Director. Final Mite 4 participation will be determined by the Mite balancing sessions and the in-season move up process.
What Comes with RAYHA
- Indoor & outdoor ice time
- Jersey & socks
- Instruction from certified coached
- The hockey experience
- Lifelong friends and fun (for players & parents)!
Depending on the level (Mite 1, 2 or 3) each team usually hits the ice once on Saturday, once on Sunday and once in the evening during the week. Games are played across the rink rather than the full distance (end to end).
Mite 4 teams have more ice time and pay fees accordingly.