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Timbits, Mini-Mite and Initiation Program

New to ice hockey??

Read through the program descriptions below to find the age-appropriate choice for your child's introduction to ice hockey.

All of our instructional programs welcome both girls and boys, and no specific skating experience is required to enroll. Two sessions of Timbits and Learn-To-Play Hockey are offered, one beginning in October, the other in January. The Mini-Mite program begins in October and ends in mid March. 



Mini-Mites (ages 4-8)

The Mini-Mite program focuses on teaching the fundamentals of hockey using USA Hockey's cross-ice model. The program begins in October and ends Hockey Weekend, mid-March. Mini-Mites skate twice weekly, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ice times rotate by group usually between 7, 8 and 9 am Saturday and 8 and 9 am Sunday.

Players are divided into groups by skill level and instruction is based on the abilities of the group. The novice group will work primarily on skating and puck handling while the more advanced groups will work on continuing development of individual skills and building team skills. Players may be moved between groups at the discretion of the on-ice coordinator during the season. Skating instruction will include forward and backward stride, glide turns, crossover turns, stops and starts, and edge control. Stick handling instruction will be taught at all levels with more advanced concepts (individual "moves" and speed with the puck) being introduced in the more advanced groups. Passing and shooting skills will be taught and incorporated into many of the drills, small area games will be played.  

Full equipment is required: Ice hockey helmet with facemask, mouth guard, neck guard, ice hockey shoulder pads and elbow pads, hockey pants, cup or pelvic supporter, hockey shin pads, hockey stick, hockey gloves and properly fitted hockey skates. Jerseys and hockey socks will be provided by AAAHA. On-line registration requires a $200 non-refundable deposit.

Program fees are $300. and are due beginning September 15th. Payment plan options are available on the website, under the "Fall payment registration" option. 


Timbits (ages 4-6)

A program for our youngest beginning skaters. Fifty minutes of coach-supervised ice time for 9 weeks.. The Fall session begins Saturday morning, October 7th.  AAAHA offers this program for young "wanna be" hockey players. It is an opportunity to give ice hockey a try without investing in all the equipment and time commitment. Sessions are designed as creative time to "try out ice skating and get the feel of the puck" - very basic skating and puck handling skills will be taught in a fun, relaxed setting.

Players must wear the following equipment: Hockey helmet with facemask, hockey stick, hockey gloves, properly fitted hockey skates, mouth guard, cup or pelvic supporter. Elbow pads and hockey shin pads are recommended. AAAHA provides a jersey.  Registration is on-line and requires a $100 non-refundable deposit.  Program fees are posted on the "Payment" page.  A second session will be offered beginning in January.  On-line registration for that program opens in November. 


Learn to Play Hockey (ages 9 - 13)

A program for older skaters who are new to ice hockey. An hour of ice time for 9 weeks on Saturdays. The Fall session begins Saturday morning, October 17th.  Learn to Play Hockey (LTPH) is a skill development program for older players who have little or no organized ice hockey experience. Instruction in the fundamentals of skating, stick handling and the necessary hockey skills required for future team placement is provided. Enrollment is limited in order to allow ample individual instruction.

Full equipment is required: Ice hockey helmet with facemask, mouth guard, neck guard, ice hockey shoulder pads and elbow pads, hockey pants, cup or pelvic supporter, hockey shin pads, hockey stick, hockey gloves and properly fitted hockey skates.  Jerseys and hockey socks will be provided by AAAHA. Registration is on-line and requires a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Learn To Play is run by professional skating instructor from Keil Power Skating.

Program fees are posted on the "payment" page.

 A second session will be offered beginning in January.  On-line registration for the Winter program opens in November.