Mite/8U

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.

Ages

The Mites/8U program is intended for youth ages 7-9, but can include players eligible for Mini-Mites. We encourage 1st graders that have skating experience and have already played Mini Mites to move up to Mites/8U. Players need to have been born on or after June 1, 2011.

When

Evaluations for Mites and 8U's are typically hedl in mid-October (excluding MEA weekend) with the first practices starting the first weekend of November and running through February.

Where

Most practices are held at Charles Schultz 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.

Practices

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

Games

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.

Jerseys

Mite Jerseys and socks are supplied by the association.

Additional Costs

There may be additional expenses if the team decides to play in more than one allotted Jamboree tournament, which is typically paid for by the association.

2020-21

Evaluations will begin the end of September with team practices starting the first week of October.  This is earlier than usual. 

MITE/8U EVALUATION SCHEDULE

Registration fees for 2020-21 season:

Mites-   $500

8U-        $500

Registration opens mid- August.  We ask all players to be registered by mid September to ensure our Jersey order is submitted on time.

**We are offering only one payment plan this year due to COVID-19 and the possibility of our season being disrupted. Everyone registering must choose the payment plan. No offline payments are allowed this season.

Questions? Please contact our Mite/8u Director

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