8U Age Groups:
Exceptions: Because children begin playing hockey at varying ages, players are grouped both by age and ability into our “Up and Coming” and “Seasoned Veterans” groups. This means a brand new 8 year old could be placed in the Up & Coming group to grant him or her the focused development of skills needed to progress in learning how to play hockey.
Timeline Overview Cross Ice:
Timeline Overview Half Ice:
Timeline Overview Mite Travel:
For full descriptions of the BYHC 8U hockey program, please see below.
The Cross Ice program provides the beginning skater (any age), with an introduction to the sport of hockey in a fun filled environment. Skaters receive instruction on basic hockey skating skills: forwards, backwards, stops and turns. They are taught basic stick handling, passing and shooting skills. Practices consist of traditional hockey drills interspersed with fun games utilizing the skills they are taught in accordance with USA Hockey ADM. (American Development Model)
To be clear, Cross Ice takes all beginning skaters, but we strongly encourage parents to utilize the local Learn to Skate classes prior to signing up for the 8U Development Program. A good litmus test would be: your child should be able to get to a standing position on their own after a fall and move around the ice without external support.
The season begins in October and runs through the end of February. Practices are held on Thursday evenings at Reisterstown Sportsplex, and Saturday morning games are held at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena. We also strive to schedule at least two inter-club jamborees during the season.
The club strives to provide as much individual attention as possible by involving many coaches on the ice. The Cross Ice program is an exceptional introduction to ice hockey for both the parent and skater.
The Half Ice program, for more advanced skaters usually aged 7 & 8, continues to develop the basic skating skills learned at the Cross Ice level. Skaters are taught edge control (a hockey skate has an outside and inside edge with a hollow center) and forward and backward crossovers. Puck control, passing and receiving, shooting, non-body contact checking and basic goal tending are introduced at this level.
Skaters learn basic team play concepts and positions. Generally, at the start of the year the Half Ice team looks like a scrum or bee swarm chasing the puck. By the end of the year, the skaters are in their respective positions, passing the puck and demonstrating the fundamentals of team play. Some of the greatest strides in basic skill development and team play occur at the Half Ice level.
BYHC has fully embraced this reduced playing field at the 8 & Under levels, as recommended by USA hockey. We utilize rink dividers in order to create a smaller playing surface so every player is afforded more touches of the puck.
The Half Ice and Cross Ice schedules are the same. The season begins in October and runs through the end of February. Practices are held on Thursday evenings at Reisterstown Sportsplex, and Saturday morning games are held at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena. We also strive to schedule at least two inter-club jamborees during the season.
For those players with interest in additional practices and more advanced inter-club game play, BYHC offers a September tryout for Mite Travel teams. We usually field two Mite Travel teams each season, and these players face teams from other clubs generally in the Baltimore- Washington area. The games are played on half ice in accordance with USA Hockey ADM guidelines. For more on USA Hockey ADM please follow this link www.admkids.com.
The travel is usually limited to within one hour from any of our home rinks (Mt Pleasant, Reisterstown and Patterson Park). In order to participate in the 8U Travel Program, parents are expected to pay a fee to cover game costs and jerseys. For specifics on fees, please visit our registration page.
$250 - 8U Cross Ice - 6 years and younger
$300 - 8U Half Ice - 7 and 8 year olds
$550 - 8U Travel Program - Open tryouts
8U Program Coordinator
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