Micro Ice Mite Development Teams provide young players with the opportunity to learn to love the game of hockey by growing the players’ basic skills and skating in a fun and positive manner that promotes a supportive and inclusive environment for all. Micro Ice is the ideal place for mite development because our smaller surface is more comfortable and less daunting to young players than full ice facilities. While preparing players to move onto competitive travel teams is a core objective of our Mite Development Team program, most of all our goal is to provide a fun, safe and productive experience for all our players and families. We closely follow USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) as well as other research and guidelines for age-appropriate long-term athlete development. Below are the key features our Mite Development Teams:
The Micro Ice Mite Development Team season runs September to March and teams practice twice per week.
Mite Development Teams are capped at 10-12 players per team.
Mite Development Teams are coached by Micro Ice's professional coaches who emphasize skill development through small area games.
Players are taught forwards and backwards skating, edges use, starting and stopping, passing, shooting and puck control.
In addition to weekly practices and monthly 3v3 games amongst our Ice Dog mite development players... the Mite Development Teams will also play 10-15 games vs other local mite development programs throughout the season, as well as the opportunity to play in a mite development jamboree.
All players will be provided with both a practice jersey and game jersey and will participate in our annual program-wide picture day.
Micro Ice Mite Development Teams are designed for players with a good skating foundation that have completed Micro Ice’s Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs (or comparable programs).