New To HockeyUpdated Wednesday July 13, 2016 by Admin.
My child wants to play hockey. Where to start?
In order for your child to get the most enjoyment out of the ice hockey experience they should have a basic comfort level with skating before joining the GGHA House program. At a minimum, a player needs to be able to stand from a fallen position, in full gear, without assistance.
We recommend new players take one of the “Junior Tigers Learn to Play Hockey” sessions at the Pavilion. Upon completion many new players can then move into the GGHA House program, usually at any time during the hockey season.
Another good option is to try one of the “Try Hockey For Free Clinics” at the Pavilion and held multiple times during the hockey season.
In addition, just having your child attend public skating sessions as much as possible are a great help in getting comfortable skating.
How old does my child need to be in order to play hockey?
We recommend around age 5. Just like school your child should be able to listen and follow directions, important to effectively learn hockey. GGHA Mini Mites and Mites House programs accommodate players from age 5-8
It's not uncommon to hear hockey families talking in code...
"Is he an '05?"
"How many on the team are '99's?"
It may seem like some secret language, but actually this lingo simply refers to the year a player was born. Hockey levels are based on the player's birth year...
Level Typical age
Mini-Mite 6 and under
Mite 8 and under
Squirt 10 and under
Peewee 12 and under
Bantam 14 and under
Midget/U16 16 and under
Junior/U18 18 and under
Although it's unusual, players can play with an older age group in USA Hockey. However, they cannot play down to a younger age level.
Please refer to the Registration page and the Age Classifications for the current season
Our Frequently Asked Questions page is also a great place to start to answer beginner questions, espcially on equipment.
Some Equipment Advice to Newbees