MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8 AND UNDER)
USA Hockey calls all players 8 years old and under "Mites". The MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U) program is for players that typically have 2 years of skating experience. There will be 2 practices (1 on the weekend and 1 on a weeknight) and 1 weekend cross ice game starting in mid-October and running through the end of February. Players will be divided into teams that are as competitively even as possible. Some cross ice games will be played against other nearby programs.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Children ages 7 and 8 (and some 6 year olds based on their size or skill level) who have 2 years of skating experience and who are not playing TRAVEL HOCKEY. For the 2017/18 season, that would be birth years 2009 and 2010 (and some born 2011).
WHAT MAKES mite CROSS-ICE HOCKEy (8u) DIFFERENT THAN TRAVEL HOCKEY?
MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U) plays a reduced game schedule (typically 1 game per weekend) and approximately 35-40 shared ice practices. TRAVEL HOCKEY requires the highest level of commitment and consists of an aggressive schedule of games, practices, and clinics, along with 2 tournaments.
The MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U) season begins on October 28, 2017. The teams can be on the ice up to 3 times each week as follows:
- Saturday practice at 7:15am at Canterbury or 11:30am at The Gunnery. **
- Sunday game at 9:15am at Canterbury or 2:15pm at The Gunnery. **
- A weeknight practice at any of our home rinks (Canterbury, Gunnery, Rumsey Hall)
** The Saturday/Sunday schedule rotates each week between Canterbury and The Gunnery. One weekend will follow the Canterbury schedule and the next weekend will follow The Gunnery schedule. The exact schedule will be posted on the Northwest Icehawks website. Also, please note that some away games will be scheduled in place of the Saturday or Sunday home ice sessions. The times and dates for those games will be posted on the schedule throughout the season.
PLACEMENT ON A TEAM
There are no tryouts required to play MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U). Any player that would like to join the program will be placed on a team. To sign up for MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U), online registration is required. Although players can register up until the start of the season in mid-October, early registration is encouraged.
The cost to play MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U) is $650 for the season. In addition, registration with USA Hockey is required for insurance purposes. The cost to register with USA Hockey is currently $47.50 and that fee is paid directly to USA Hockey. You must FIRST register with USA Hockey before registering for MITE CROSS-ICE HOCKEY (8U). Note: USA Hockey does not charge a fee for players born 2011 or later, but registration is still required.