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 female 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 female 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's are typically held in mid-October (excluding MEA weekend) with the first practices starting the first weekend of November and running through February.


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.


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

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.


We look forward to another great year of hockey for you and your family, and are excited to officially get things started!

Mite/8U season will begin Oct 8th this year!

The first step of your registration should begin with your USA Hockey registration, before returning to this site to complete Registration with the Capitals.

Make sure to read our volunteer and fundraiser requirements before registration. Those can be found in the Parent section under the Resources tab on our website.

Evaluations will begin the end of September. We will publish evaluation dates in August.

Registration fees for 2021-22 season:

  • Mite A/B - $500
  • Mite C - $400
  • 8U A - $500
  • 8U B - $400

Registration opens July 15th.  We ask all players to be registered by mid-September to ensure our jersey order is submitted on time.

We are offering a 5 month payment plan. 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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