LHA's U8 Program is its very foundation - the base upon which it builds its travel and house teams. The USA Hockey Initiation Program is designed for players 5-8 years old. It encourages a non-competitive environment in which children can learn the basic skills without the distractions that are often associated with an over emphasis on winning. Mastery of fundamental skills and the fun of playing are essential to the development of a lifelong interest in hockey.
The U8 Program is divided into three levels per USA Hockey's ADM. These levels are Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner. LHA uses four weeks at the start of the season to evaluate players for placement in these three levels. Players may be moved between levels to suit their appropriate skill level.
On average, U8 Beginner will have two hours of ice on Saturday and two hours of ice on Sunday.
On average, each U8 Intermediate team will have one hour of ice on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
On average, each U8 Advanced team will have one hour of ice on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
When participating in jamborees, Advanced and Intermediate teams play half-ice games while Beginner teams play cross-ice games.
Jamborees are fun gatherings where multiple games are played on one ice sheet. No score is kept and teams will play two to three "friendlies" in an hour slot.
In addition to developing young hockey players, LHA uses the U8 Program as a forum to educate and groom future coaches for our association. Coaches are often listed as the most important influences in the lives of young people, so if you have an interst in being on the ice to help in any capacity, I encourage you to contact me for details.
All LHA Coaches are required to complete the USA Hockey Coaching Clinics, USA Hockey Online Modules, registration with USA Hockey, a CAHA Background Check and an approved concussion training program.
Registration for the 2016-2017 Season is now open. To register, please go to the Player Registration tab on the left side of this page.
Please contact Brian TenEyck (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding the LHA U8 Program.
Please contact Beth Lindemann (email@example.com) with any registration questions.
For all U8 questions, please contact LHA's U8 Liaison, Shannon Baker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U8 Season begins the first weekend of October with evaluations. Per CCYHL Rules, LHA will not finalize rosters until November 1.
LITTLETON HOCKEY'S U8 Initiation Program