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Under 8 Hockey Program

Littleton Hockey Association - U8 Program

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.


  • Modify the playing environment to meet the needs for this specific age group
  • Increase opportunities for players to touch and handle the puck
  • Stress participation, fun and skill development
  • Increase the practice to game ratio to a minimum of three practices to each game
  • Provide a positive environment for learning the fundamental skills of hockey
  • Improve the utilization of ice time

The U8 Season begins the first weekend of October with evaluations. Per CCYHL Rules, LHA will not finalize rosters until the end of October.


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 one hour of ice on Saturday and one hour of ice on Sunday.
  • On average, each U8 Intermediate team will have one hour of ice on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • On average, each U8 Advanced team will have one hour of ice on Tuesday, Thursday, 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.

U8 Registration Fees

U8 – Advanced & Intermediate:  $950 
U8 – Beginner: $775

(Please note: 2016 birth year registrations are subject to final approval by the LHA Hockey Director and LHA U8 Director)

Registration fees include Ice rental, coaching fees, practice/game jerseys, hockey socks. (Additional Team fees may be collected once players are assigned to team for Jamboree sign-ups and end of year awards/parties)
The U8 Season begins the first weekend of October with evaluations. Per CCYHL Rules, LHA will not finalize rosters until the end of October.

How Do I Register?

LITTLETON HOCKEY'S U8 Initiation Program

U8 applications are being accepted for Birth Years 2012-2016 for the coming hockey season. 

NOTE: You must send a copy of your birth certificate, which can be mailed to:
Littleton Hockey Association
P.O. Box 2864
Littleton, CO  80161
Email a copy to our registrar: Beth Lindemann.

U8 applications will be accepted until all levels are full 
(Birth Years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)

The U8 Season begins the first week of October with evaluations. Per CCYHL Rules, LHA will not finalize rosters until November 1.

To register for a Littleton U8 Program, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Select the "Player Registration" link in the left menu.
  2. Log-in using your information from last season, or create an account.
  3. Make sure you have your USA Hockey # and follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Beth Lindemann.

If you have any questions regarding LHA's U8 Program, please contact Shannon Baker