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 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.
U6 Mite Director
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.
U8 CROSS-ICE GIRLS TEAM
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.
U8 Mite Director