Squirt-Bantam

The Capitals program for boys has a long history of providing a competitive experience for players. At each age division, teams are grouped by ability level with practices and games tailored to each group’s ability level. While we strive to develop each player’s skating and shooting ability, we also emphasize helping players grow individually and as a team. The success of our program speaks for itself. Boys from our program regularly go on to play high school hockey at Cretin Durham Hall, Highland, Saint Paul Academy and Saint Thomas Academy, among others. Our program is designed to place skaters on a team with other players at similar skill levels. All players will be evaluated. Refer to our "Evaluation Process" document under our Resources tab. Depending on player numbers and skill at the different levels, we may host AA, A, B1, B, B2 and C teams.

Ages

This program is designed for players age 9 through 15.

When

Evaluations are typically held the last two weeks of September. Team selections are typically held the first Saturday of October. Practices will begin immediately following team selections. The season goes through February and sometimes into March, depending on how far teams advance in Districts.

Where

Our home rink is the Charles Schultz Highland Arena located at 800 S. Snelling Avenue, St Paul, Mn 55116. Practices and home games are also held at several other rinks including, but not limited to, West Side Arena, Drake (SPA) Arena, Pleasant Arena, Oscar Johnson Arena and Minnehaha Arena.

Practices

Practice schedules vary depending on the level and game schedule. Squirt players typically practice 3-4 times per week, Peewee players typically practice 4-5 times per week , Bantam players typically practices 5-6 times per week. We do not run a set schedule, so players can practice any day of the week. Practices are typically held no earlier than 5:20 p.m. on weekdays. Younger players usually have earlier practices times and the Bantam/15U players typically practice later in the evening.

Games

Teams in the program play full-ice games. Each level is scheduled for 16 district games. In addition to district games, coaches and managers will schedule scrimmages and each team will play in at least two tournaments during the season.

Jerseys

Players in this program must purchase our club jerseys, socks and breezer covers. You can find more information about this under our Resources tab.

Additional Costs

Your team manager maintains a team bank account to cover expenses such as referee fees for scrimmages, additional tournaments beyond the two each team is allotted and any additional expenses the team manager/coach may anticipate. At the start of the season each family will be asked for a deposit to get that account started. The amount varies by team, but is typically $100-$200.

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