8U Program

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Overview

Our regular hockey program season for the 8U age groups starting in Late August and concluding in February. Practices follow USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) and incorporate small groups in a station based format. We place a strong emphasis on skill development of the ABCs (Agility, Balance, Coordination). By developing these skills you increase the athlete's enjoyment and proficiency in the game of hockey.

Birth Years: For the upcoming 2021-2022 regular season, the 8U age groups are:

  • 2013 & 2014

Options: All-Girls Lady Falcons & Boys.

Girls will be grouped together by default within 8U.

ZIP Code Rules:

  • Only apply to Boys teams. Reach out for specifics.
  • Girls from any ZIP code may sign up for All-Girls Lady Falcons teams.

Skating Ability - Requirements

While our program is certainly designed to help improve a child’s skating abilities, we do require children to have some experience in skating before signing up. Since the fundamentals of playing hockey involve skating, we want to make sure children who have an interest in playing are starting off correctly with the tools to succeed.

Program Summary

The 8U program is the natural progression after the 6U program. Just as with our 6U program, CHA follows the guidelines of USA Hockey and the ADM (American Development Model). The proven model provides players with a strictly skill and skating based program for development. The 8U program is a development based program with a focus on skating and skill but with an emphasis in exposing the players to the game; again in a relaxed environment.

For the 8U age group, all games are conducted as Half-Ice (meaning from the Goalie crease to the Center Red line ), in accordance with the USA Hockey standards for this age group. This small area game focus gives players greater ability to participate in small area stick handling situations while emphasizing on skating edge work.

2021-2022 Season Information

Check back sometime after the 4th of July for details.


Questions

Greg Papuga

Communications & Secretary

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