The focus for Mites/8U is to teach and develop the basic skills of skating, puck handling, shooting and passing. Cross-ice, half ice and small area games (Red, White and Blue) are recommended to maximize ice utilization, increase puck touches and increase the competition and fun. The American Development Model (ADM) provides the overall blueprint for player development. Players will be evaluated and placed on a team with other players of similar skills. Players must have some skating experience. Mites are a co-ed program and 8U is a girls-only program.


The Mites/8U program is intended for youth ages 7-9, but can include players eligible for Mini-Mites. The 8U program is girls-only. However, girls are able to skate with the boys as a Mite if they would like. We encourage 1st graders that have skating experience and have already played Mini-Mites to move up to Mites/8U.


Evaluations for Mites and 8U are typically held the first week of October with the first practices starting the second week of October and running through February.


Most practices are held at Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena, but may also include Pleasant, West Side and SPA Arenas. Some practices may also be held outside at Groveland Rink. Check our Rink location page under the Resources tab.


Players in the Mites/8U program typically practice 2-3 times per week.


Mite/8U games typically begin December 1st. Mite/8U games should be cross or half ice for the first half of the season, ending on December 31. During the second half of the season, teams will be allowed to play up to 10 full-ice games in addition to cross/half-ice games, unless the request to play more full-ice games is approved by the District Director.


Mite Jerseys and socks are supplied by the association.

Additional Costs

Players placed on Mite 4 and 3 and 8U A and B teams will have an additional $150 fee to cover additional ice/skills, jerseys/socks and away tournament cost increases. Mite 2 players will be assessed an additional $100 for additional ice/skills.

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