At Micro Ice, we have professional coaches that care about the Long-Term Athletic Development of our players. We teach the game to players the right way. We focus on skating, skill development, and being great teammates. We do not focus on tactics, systems, dumping the puck or winning.
What we do:
– Practice three times per week.
- Two skills practices where the kids are constantly skating, passing, shooting, stickhandling, and competing. Practices are run in an ADM style.
- One practice per week with a skating instructor. The players have a dedicated skating instructor all season long.
– Limit the number of players on a team.
- Mites capped at 10 players.
- Squirts and older capped at 13 players.
- Less players means more reps in practice and games for each skater. More time playing, learning, and development over the course of the season.
– Focus on the right things.
- Encourage playmaking. Skating with the puck, passing the puck, stickhandling with the puck. Attacking the puck carrier, backchecking hard. Building confidence with and without the puck.
- Being a great teammate. Helping others out. Being a positive influence on the ice, in the locker room, and outside of the rink.
- Creating a life-long passion for hockey.
What we don’t do
– Teach systems
- They can pick up systems easier and more efficiently when they are older.
- The time spent teaching/rehearsing takes away from puck touches, skating, and other fundamentals that are more important for younger players.
– Care about winning
- We focus on the process, not the results. We want to compete hard and try our best, but the results do not change how we approach the game.
- We strive for constant improvement throughout the year that will translate years down the road, not necessarily in the next game.
– Limit ice time
- All players play equally, as much as possible. Players learn by doing, not watching. Players will play in all situations.
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The Pups are meant for skaters new to hockey. They will be a part of a team for the first time and learn and grow together as teammates and friends!
Practices are on Saturday and Sundays and the sessions run for 12 weeks at a time.
Saturday practices are focused on skating with Coach Erika Hammar. The players will work on the fundamentals of skating: balance, agility, and power.
Sunday practices are with Program Director David Breen and will be hockey focused: shooting, stickhandling, passing, and games!
Micro Ice’s Mite Development Program is the best around! We practice two times per week where we work on the fundamentals: skating, passing, shooting, and stickhandling. We also have olympic silver medalist, Peter Carruthers, helping coach in some of the practices.
The team scrimmages other local programs, about 10-15 scrimmages throughout the season. With over 50+ practices plus occasional scrimmages, it’s the best way to develop as a player!
The Mite Team plays 25+ games in the Valley Hockey League’s Cross Ice League.
Team practices three times per week: twice with Program Director David Breen and once with Erika Hammar.
We focus on player development and skills: Skating, passing, shooting, and stickhandling along with having a season-long skating coach. No other programs do this!
Our team size is limited, so your child gets more repetition, more ice time, and develops better than anywhere else (10 players max).
The Squirt Team plays 25+ games in the Valley Hockey League.