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Fox Valley Youth Hockey Programs

Fox Valley Youth Hockey Programs

Our hockey program follows the principles of USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) to develop each player in a positive and proactive environment for learning. We offer programs for all ages of kids. Contact for general questions, or the age directors for specific program questions.   

Youth Hockey Age Groups

  • Introductory Program - beginner skaters
  • U6 and U8 Mites - generally ages 4 - 8 (2014-2010)
  • U10 (Squirts) - ages 9 - 10 (2009, 2008)
  • U12 (Pee Wees) - ages 11 - 12 (2007, 2006)
  • U14 (Bantam) - ages 13 - 14 (2005, 2004)

Introductory Program - Free for new skaters

This is a “learn to skate” program focused on teaching the basics of hockey skating. This program is typically for the young skater (ages 4-8) and is open to beginning skaters who reside in the Neenah, Menasha, Hortonville, Shiocton, and Winneconne school districts. The IP program is funded in part though a grant from the Red Smith Sport Award Banquet and primarily through the generous donations of our members and community sponsors. 

IP meets Thursday nights from 6pm-7pm. 

This program runs in two 8 week sessions (one starting in October, and the second starting in January). You can attend either one of the sessions or the full 16 weeks. While the first 8 week FVYHA session is free, there is a USA Hockey registration fee of $50 for children over 6 years of age. Rental equipment is available, if needed, for $50. Any sessions after the 1st session are $50 each.  Email for more information! 

U6 & U8 Red, White, and Blue Hockey

At the U6 and U8 age level the focus is on learning to skate and play in a fun high skill growth environment. Kids are grouped by age and skill level and play cross-ice hockey to maximize player development. 

U6 Cross-Ice

U6 Mites are generally younger or first year Mite skaters; typically 5 or 6 year olds. A basic ability to skate is helpful before beginning U6 Mites. U6 Mites skate twice a week -- they have one practice during the week and cross-ice games on Saturdays.    

*First year 7 & 8 year old skaters who want to learn to play hockey are welcome to enroll in this program.  Coaches will evaluate these skaters for appropriate placement to U8 if they are too advanced for U6.

*New skaters may begin the season in the Introductory Program and then transfer up to U6 or U8 Mites when the coaches feel they are ready.  Mite dues are pro-rated to the amount of time remaining in the Mite season at transfer. If your child is ready for more ice time and further hockey skill development talk to the IP director about making a transfer. 

Justin Torud

U6 Mite Director

U8 Cross-Ice

U8 Mites are generally 7 and 8 year olds and work on building confidence and beginning team play skills. Skaters meet for practice twice a week and play cross-ice games on Saturdays. Skaters are placed on internal teams for both practices and games.

This program is for the U8 skater that can take direction from a coach and work well with their peers. Prior enrollment in the IP or the U6 Mite program is NOT a prerequisite if the skater has some skating skills. Mite team placement (Blue, White, and Red) puts similarly skilled skaters together. 


FVYHA is dedicated to growing the game of girl's hockey. Starting in 2018-19 the association is initiating a U8 Girls Cross Ice Team Pilot.   Girls will have the opportunity to play together on a dedicated team for cross-ice games. 

This will not change how FVYHA approaches agility and player development. However, it will give the girls the experience to determine if they want to continue their hockey development on a coed team or dedicated girls team.

Jon Otto

U8 Mite Director

Competitive Hockey - Age groups U10 to U14

At age nine boys and girls begin to play full-ice hockey and build on their skills. Emphasis remains on teaching skills in a positive environment for growth and development for each skater. A skater evaluation - tryout - process in mid October each year is utilized to place skaters on teams by skill level in order to maximize individual development. 

U10 (Squirt)

The Squirt Division is for skaters aged 9-10 and offers co-ed teams at varying skill levels to develop all players within a competitive and fun environment. Teams participate in regional games and tournaments. 

Marty Fraley

U10 - Squirt Director

U12 (Pee Wee)

The Pee Wee Division is for co-ed skaters aged 11-12. U12 teams travel locally and regionally for games and tournaments. The focus is on developing all players within a competitive and fun environment.

Kristy Burroughs

U12 - PeeWee Director

U14 (Bantam)

Bantam Division teams are for players 13 to 14 years old.  Teams participate in regional games and tournaments - checking is allowed at this age level. Skaters move from Bantam to High School play at age 14 or 15. 

Derek Selch

U14 - Bantam Director