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Programs

BYHA Instructional Programs

Learn-to-Skate:

Whether your pre-schooler is getting on the ice for the first time or you're an experienced skater looking for a competitive edge, the professional coaches will tailor a program to help you succeed. Beginners of all disciplines are encouraged though advanced instruction will focus on hockey as opposed to figure skating. 

  • Session 1: October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, & November 4th and 11th
  • Session 2: November 18th, 25th & December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • Session 3: January 20th, 27th & February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th

Questions?  Please email LTS director Jim Mulligan-Jim@BiddefordYouthHockey.org

 

Learn-to-Play Hockey

Program will be held every other Saturday @ 7:10 am starting October 28th through early March.

LTP is the first step for younger players typically between the ages of 4-6 that are new to hockey with little experience but basic knowledge of skating. This program is designed to provide a fun atmosphere for teaching newer skaters basic hockey fundamentals through a series of drills, rotating stations, small area games, and cross ice game play. 

LTP Sessions begin in October with classes held every other Saturday morning. LTP is a great step-up for those already participating in our Learn-to-Skate program.


Hockey Programs

6U/Mini-Mite:

6U is the next step for 5-6 year olds (exceptions for stronger 4yo's) with skating experience.6U is built upon the USA Hockey American Development Model. ADM is a 'station' based format designed for larger groups of players on the ice. ADM practices result in significantly more repetitions and puck touches than traditional practices deliver. More advanced skills are introduced such as forward/backward skating, stick handling, shooting, and ice awareness. Small area games are an integral part of ADM. 

6U practices 1x per week and 2x every other week. In-house scrimmages then regular games 1x week begin mid-December.

Note: The 6U program is designed to be a progressive program to prepare for real game-play. Exceptions can be made depending on how quickly a player advances or if USA Hockey age limitations require a player to move up to the next level. Promotion of a player is decided by the 8U Director and Coaching Staff.    

8U/Mites and 8U All Girl/Mites:

This level of instruction for 7-8 year olds (exceptions possible for advanced 6yo's) is based on the USA Hockey American Development Model with practices focused on proper skill development and repetition of the fundamentals of hockey.  At this level, USA Hockey allows for cross-ice games only. The 8U program practices 2x per week. Practices are run by the professional staff of Atlantic Coast Hockey. 8U plays 1-2 games per weekend in the Dover X-ice league + cross ice games vs other nearby mite teams (both home & away).

8U All Girls Team NEW for 2017-18: Girls practice 2x per week with the BYHA mite program as described above. Because ADM practices are station based, players are assigned to stations based on age/experience so girls will practice in co-ed groups of like-skilled players. Like the other BYHA 8U teams, the girls team plays their games in the Dover X-ice league + cross ice games vs other nearby mite teams. Regular season games will be against co-ed teams at this level.

10U/Squirts, 12U/Peewees, 14U/Bantams

These programs share similar program descriptions with advanced, applicable levels of instruction per age group.  Each level skates a 22+/- week session with 2x practices per week and a target of 20 games in total.

10U: Players begin to learn basic offensive and defensive systems and game situation theories. While progressively developing individual skills, the overall emphasis is to have fun and keep skaters enthusiastic about hockey. Game scores are posted on the website but individual player statistics are not recorded.

12U Girls (ages 9-12) New for 2017-18: This team practices 2x weekly and has a target of 15+ games.

12U: Players continue to refine their skills as necessary to perform elements of team play. Slightly more emphasis is placed on systems and players develop specific skills for given positions. This level of play introduces basic body contact skills (proper contact, not body checking).

14U: Players continue to develop individual skills specific to their position while building on conceptual techniques to improve team play. Offensive and defensive tactics and how to handle special situations continue to be built upon.

For questions regarding any of our programs, please contact one of our directors listed below:

8U Director Caitlin Stevens CStevens@BiddefordYouthHockey.org

14U Director Marty Adams MAdams@BiddefordYouthHockey.org

Girls Director Danielle Radford DRadford@BiddefordYouthHockey.org 


Please click the link below for clarification on the USA Hockey Age Classifications for the upcoming season.