USA Hockey’s age-appropriate, age-specific programming promotes the integration of high-performance cross-ice practices and games into youth hockey. This programming enhances players' skills, creativity and participation level, while also creating a positive environment for every child to play, love, excel and reach their full potential.
There are four main tenets to age-appropriate, age-specific hockey:
"We play small-area games during our practices and it helps us become better players. It’s great to see cross-ice hockey as the standard for young players. There’s no need to play full-ice at the youngest ages. In cross-ice you really get a chance to improve your puckhandling, among other skills."
Minnesota Wild, 2010 U.S. Olympian