USA Hockey Age Charts and Participation Levels

USA Hockey has a dedicated page for youth age classifications. If you have any questions, please visit USA Hockey Age Charts and Participation Levels for more information

Updated 2021

Youth Classifications

Youth 6U / Mini-Mite (Born on or after June 1, 2014)

Youth ages 5 and 6. Youth hockey associations in Minnesota Hockey offer a variety of programs at this age level that focus on teaching the basics of skating and hockey skills. Most programs are very affordable to allow kids to try the sport at a low cost and commitment. Non-checking.

Youth 8U / Mite (Born on or after June 1, 2012)

Primarily youth ages 7-9 but can include players eligible for Mini-Mite/6U. Most associations have multiple levels of Mite Divisions (I, II, III) based upon skill, age and size. There’s usually something for everyone! Contact your local association to get in touch with a Mite Coordinator for more information. Non-checking.

Youth 10U / Squirt (June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2012)

Youth ages 9-11. Most associations have multiple levels of Squirt teams (A, B & C) with varying amounts of cost, travel and competitiveness. Contact your local association to get in touch with a Squirt Coordinator for more information.

Youth 12U / Peewee (June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2010)

Youth ages 11-13. Most associations have multiple levels of Peewee teams (A, B & C) with varying amounts of cost, travel and competitiveness. Contact your local association to get in touch with a Peewee Coordinator for more information. Minnesota Hockey hosts Region and State Tournaments at the Peewee B, Peewee A and Peewee AA levels. Non Checking.

Youth 14U / Bantam (June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2008)

Youth ages 13-15. Most associations have multiple levels of Bantam teams (A, B & C) with varying amounts of cost, travel and competitiveness. Contact your local association to get in touch with a Bantam Coordinator for more information. Minnesota Hockey hosts Region and State Tournaments for the Bantam B, Bantam A and Bantam AA levels. Checking.

Junior Gold 16 (June 1, 2004 to May 31, 2006)

Youth ages 15 and 16. Select associations now field a Junior Gold 16 team in addition to or as an alternative to high school Junior Varsity and Junior Gold. Contact your local association or district to get in touch with a 16 & Under Coordinator for more information. Checking.

Midget

No longer classified in Minnesota Hockey.

Junior Gold (June 1, 2002 to May 31, 2004)

Young men ages 16, 17 and 18. Most associations now field Junior Gold teams in addition to or as an alternative to high school Junior Varsity. Contact your local association or district to get in touch with a Junior Gold Coordinator for more information. Minnesota Hockey hosts Region and State Tournaments for Junior Gold. Checking.

Adult Hockey (Born on or before May 31, 2002)

Men over 18. Clubs formed throughout the state for various age and skill levels, plus check and non checking. For more information, contact your local arena or Brandon Koontz, Director of Adult Hockey at (763) 232-3514. 

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