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2019 8U Spring Program

Program Structure


8U Spring Games

Who: Open to boys & girls born 2011-2014 who have completed a season of 8U House or Travel, at least one session of Learn to Play (LTP) or equivalent.  Please direct all questions to Matt Seney, the interim Ice Dogs 8U House Director at matthewseney@hotmail.com

What: The 8U Spring Program follows USA Hockey’s American Developmental Model (ADM) and uses station-based skill development, technical skating instruction, cross-ice games and most of all a fun and safe hockey experience.

When: The 8U Spring Program runs from March 10, 2019 through May 20, 2019.  The following table shows the ice slots used by the 8U Spring League.  There are no events the following dates: March 16-17, April 13-21 and May 4-10.

Quantity Day Time Slot Event
6 Sundays 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Practice/Skills and/or

Game Sessions

6 Saturdays 7:30am – 8:45am Practice/Skills
8 Mondays 5:45pm – 7:15pm Practice/Skills

 

Here are the first two ice slots, used for practice & evaluation. The remainder of the schedule will be distributed after team selection.

Faciity Day and Date Start End
Mt Vernon Sunday, Mar 10 3:45pm 5:15pm
Mt Vernon Monday, Mar 11 5:45pm 7:15pm

 

Where: All Ice Slots are at Mt Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307

Structure: Like the Fall/Winter season, we will be dividing the players based on skill level into 2 divisions: Metro and Atlantic. We are expecting 4 teams in each division; however, this could adjust based on registration.

After the assessments, players will be placed in either the Metro or Atlantic division and placed on a team. In distributing ice sessions between practices and games, we will strive for roughly a 3:1 ratio of practice sessions to game sessions.

Practices will follow USA Hockey’s ADM practice plans.

Our plan for Game Days is to have 4 cross-ice games going at once, with the 4 Metro teams playing on two “rinks” and the 4 Atlantic teams playing on the other two “rinks”. We will use bumpers and 8U-sized nets. On game days, teams will play 2 games. Each game will be 20-24 minutes running time with the buzzer sounding every 2 minutes to change lines.

Cost: $150 includes practice-style jersey, 15 ice slots (est 11 practices, 4 games)

Registration: You must be a member of USA Hockey for the 2018-2019 season and provide your membership number at registration.  Full equipment is required.  The Ice Dogs have goalie equipment for use in practice and games. CLICK HERE to register...