Players on the Mite travel teams will be entered into the Valley Hockey league for game play. Most of the games are on weekends and are hosted at various local rinks. Games consist of 3 periods, 12 min. each, full sheets with 2 certified referees. Game jerseys are purchased by the players, socks are provided for each player,. You can expect 35 games per season in Valley League action.
In addition to the single league play, each Mite team has the option to enter into local tournaments with entry fee paid by players. These tournaments provide a minimum of 3 preliminary games, with a potential 4th game if the team makes the finals. These tournaments are hosted on weekends/holiday weeks, with one game on Friday (depending on the tournament), and 2 on Saturday with Sunday usually reserved for finals. League playoffs are included and are played in April.
Schedule: Late August - April
Season: 2008, 2009 or 2010
Ice Time (on Average): Two 50 minute practices and 1 one hour long game per week. Additional practice time added as available. Practices are held primarily at Ristuccia, between September and end of November, most weeks provide 2-3 practices; however, this drops to 1 to 2 per week during the Dec.-Feb. high school season due to loss of ice to the high school teams. Some practices are full-ice sessions; the majority are half ice practices with another WYHA team.
Location:Ristuccia Arena .190 Main Street Wilmington MA 01887
Teams:The number of teams will depend on the number of kids that tryout and board decision. Typically there are 2 to 3 teams that will consist of between 13 and 19 players. All players will be presented the opportunity to play every position. Players entering the Mite level are expected to have learned the basics of hockey (what is offsides? Etc.) and have a fundamental skating ability with some capability to stick handle and shoot a puck.
Goal of this level is to:
Develop skating and puck control skills of the individual player
Basic shooting and passing skills
Concept of skating lanes (spread out) and team play (passing)
Opportunity to try goalie position
Players will be rotated into different positions throughout the year to start learning the game flow and skills needed for each position. Primary goal is to get players skating well and familiar with carrying/controlling the puck.