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.


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.


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.


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.

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