2013-2014 Intro Programs
Intro Hockey/ADM Mites
Dear Friends of Rochester Youth Hockey:
We hope that you are looking forward to the 2013-2014 season!
Program Focus: These initial programs are designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey while developing skating and puck handling skills (such as passing, receiving, and shooting). There is also an emphasis on learning about hockey and having fun in a team-oriented environment.
Both Programs –Intro & Mites - generally begin around late September or October and end in mid to late March. Intro players typically skate two times per week and /or on weekend mornings. Our Intro program is ultimately designed to prepare children for Mite hockey once they reach the appropriate age so we have included a description of the mites. Mites will practice a couple times during the week with games on the weekends.
New players ages 4-8 (birth years 2004 and younger) with no previous hockey experience will register for RYH Intro to hockey. We expect that these players have enough skating skill to move forward on the ice without assistance. (A select few older players, and those who demonstrate sufficient skill, may be invited to join the Mite program no later than early December, if numbers allow). The on-ice sessions will feature an active clinic-style approach to the practices with lots of hands-on coaching and instruction. The season will be broken into two separate sessions, with the first one ending around Christmas, and the second one running from the holidays through March. Registration for each session is open all year. The Intro program is designed so that the youngest players can spend a second season in Intro before moving up to the Mite program; younger players should consider this option.
Players ages 5-8 who have completed one year in the Intro program are eligible for Mites, which is a cross ice, skill development program. The Mite program is important to player development as skating and puck skills are reinforced while the fundamental elements of passing, team play, rules and positional hockey are introduced. The program is designed using USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM). ADM is similar to the highly successful European development systems, and is the future direction of American youth hockey. Practices are structured and laid out accordingly with a set progression. The Mite program will feature full team season including team practices, games between the RYH Mite teams, and games versus other organizations to include some travel and jamborees. The Mite teams will be divided according to age and skill appropriate. These games will be 3 vs. 3, and cross-ice.
Player Eligibility: The Intro Hockey program is ideal for players ages 4-8 who can balance and move forward on skates but who have had little or no exposure to ice hockey. We recommend that kids skate in at least one session of Learn to Skate. The Mite program is for ages 5-8 and is ideal for players with at least one year of Intro to hockey experience. To ensure that players end up in the program that best suits their skills, the coaches will have some discretion to recommend or require certain younger players to change programs if it is in the best interest of the player and program. We also encourage parents of players younger than 5 years to be actively involved on or off-ice to best ensure a good experience for their child. We are happy to discuss the appropriate program for your player at any time before or during the registration process.
Just as an informational piece, the birth years below outline the recommended level of play for 2012/2013:
2006 and 2005 Mite
2004 and 2003 Squirt
2001 and 2002 Pee Wee
2000 and 1999 Bantam