Mini Mites

The American Development Model (ADM) , brought to you by USA Hockey in partnership with the NHL, provides age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum to hockey associations across America to help more kids play, love and excel in hockey. USA Hockey has instituted a structured educational system entitled ADM - American Development Model that the AYHA utilizes to educate our players and coaches.

AYHA's Mini Mites program is targeted for children around ages 4 to 8 years old. Typically, players have learned to skate in the Termite program and can focus on other skills such as stick handling, skating with the puck and learning how to play the game of hockey. It is not required that your child has experienced the Termite program to participate in the Program. The Mini Mites program received its name from the concept of splitting up a standard adult sized ice rink into sections and practicing and playing games from side to side vs. end to end. The benefit to having mini-rinks is it condenses the amount of space that a child has to traverse or skate to get from one goal to the next. It allows more opportunities for players to touch the puck and creates an environment where players have to skate closer to the other players and develop better hockey skills.

  • Ideal for boys and girls ages 4 to 8 years old. 
  • Mini Mite skaters should be able to skate unassisted, and have basic skating skills with stick and puck.
  • All players receive an AYHA Youth Hockey jersey and socks.
  • Practices are held at the Glens Falls Recreation Center Rink.
  • Meets twice per week during the week.
  • Many sessions will be a combination of skating and skills development working towards game play.

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*NOTES ON HOUSE LEAGUE LEVELS/DIVISIONS: At the start of the season, coaches and division directors will evaluate each player’s skill level. If it is determined that a different division is more aligned with the player’s skill level (for safety, development, or other reasons), that player will be recommended for the appropriate division. Although most level changes end up being voluntary, AYHA reserves the right to move a player at the discretion of coaches and division directors.

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