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8U

8 & Under Mites

  • Practice Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) like running, swimming or jumping. Also introduce the ABC’s of athleticism:
  • ABC’s - Agility, Balance & Coordination and Speed.
  • Focus on flexibility during this stage.
  • This is the first window for speed training with an emphasis on agility, quickness and change of direction. Less than 5 seconds in duration.
  • Once a week, prior to or after practice, spend 30 minutes off-ice working on the Fundamental Movement Skills and the ABC’s. This can be done through games and challenging activities. Keep it fun!
  • Play multiple sports and engage in activities like soccer, running, gymnastics, swimming, skiing or other activities 75% of the time and play hockey the other 25%.
  • Group players into top 1/3, middle 1/3, beginner 1/3.
  • 30 – 60 players each practice session
    • 2-3 ice touches per week
    • 50 min ice sessions
    • 5 month’s = 20 weeks per season maximum
    • 50 to 60 ice touches per season 
  • Min 16 cross ice/half-ice games & 34 practices
  • Max 20 cross ice/half-ice games & 40 practices
  • 9 to 13 players/team; no fulltime goalies