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WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP AFTER LEARN TO SKATE?

So your child has the skating bug and can’t wait to play some hockey. Here are some options:

 

I. The Mini-Mite Program is for beginner hockey players between the ages of 5 and 7 (Birth years 2009, 2010 & 2011) and is the most common option. They practice once a week (Friday) and will typically play one cross-ice game every Sunday morning. All practices and games are played at the Olympia Ice Arena. The cost of this program is $525. Your child can attend an evaluation skate in late March (3/23 @ 6:00p) to see how s/he compares to others at this preliminary stage.

 

II. Mite Hockey is for slightly more advanced skaters between the ages 6 and 8 (birth years 2007, 2008 & 2009). They will have two team practices per week and another practice every other week with all Mite-aged players and will play one or two “half ice” games per weekend. Our League, the Greater Springfield League (GSL), has teams in Westfield, Amherst, Holyoke, Ludlow, Springfield, Brattleboro (VT) and Franklin County so a few games will be played away from the Olympia Ice Arena. The cost of this program is approximately $1,225. One or two Tournaments could also be added to the schedule and these will incur additional travel expenses. Our Icebreaker Tournament in November is free but you will be asked to volunteer a few hours to assist this great event. Occasionally, some games could be played on full ice. Your child should register and attend the Evaluations (see below) in late March to ensure appropriate team (“A”, “B”, “C”) placement.

[Evaluations will take place March 23-27 at the Olympia. Online Registration is posted on our website: holynamehockey.org. You should register your child prior to the first day of Evals.  On Monday, 3/23, you should arrive well before your 5:00p ice time to check in and receive a numbered Evaluation Jersey. Please wear this jersey during all three sessions. Monday/Wednesday sessions will be skills testing. Here the players will be measured while shooting, passing, skating, and puckhandling. On Thursday, the Mites will scrimmage cross ice using small nets. The Evaluation Committee will then combine these two assessments to form teams of similar ability. Coaches are selected and the teams are posted online (using the Evaluation Jersey #, so don’t forget) about two weeks after Evaluations conclude.]

 

III. Squirt Hockey (2005 & 2006) will have you well on your way towards a life-long love of hockey. Here your child will play games on a full sheet of ice (but continue to share the ice with another team during practices). Squirts practice 2 or 3 times per week and will play games most weekends. Our league, the Greater Springfield League (GSL), has teams in Westfield, Amherst, Holyoke, Ludlow, Springfield, Brattleboro (VT) and Franklin County so a few games will be played away from the Olympia Ice Arena. One or two Tournaments could also be added to the schedule and these will incur additional travel expenses. The cost of this program is approximately $1,540. Your child should register and attend the Evaluations in late March to ensure appropriate team (“A”, “B”, “C”) placement.

 

IV. PeeWee Hockey (2003 & 2004) will follow a similar schedule as Squirts. However, PW’s will practice 3 times per week (half sheets) and will look to have weekly off-ice training/teaching sessions as well. Approximate ice fees: $1,610.

 

V. House League is for the older skater (late bloomers) between the ages of 8 and 14. They will practice/scrimmage once a week on Saturday afternoons at the Olympia. The yearly cost for this low-key skating session is $250.

 

We, at Holy Name, are always looking for new coaches and volunteers to help us in our goal of making our players better by concentrating specifically on their individual skills like skating, puck control, shooting, dekes and one-on-ones. More information can be found at these websites:

 

http://www.usahockey.com/

http://www.mahockey.org/