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MITE (8U) ICE TIMES FOR SEPTEMBER

For the Month of September:

  • Players will be divided into two large groups by birth year (2014, 2015)
  • Groups will then be further divided by Alphabet (A-K, L-Z)

Saturday September 10th - Ice Times at Kirkwood Ice Rink

  • 9:45am-10:45am -  (2014 A-K)
  • 11am-12pm - (2014 L-Z)
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm - (2015 A-K)
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm - (2015 L-Z)

Sunday  September 11th - Ice Times at Kirkwood Ice Rink

  • 10:15am-11:15am - (2015 L-Z)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm - (2015 A-K)
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm - (2014 L-Z)
  • 2pm-3pm - (2014 A-K)

Saturday September 17th - No Ice Times (GreenTree Festival Weekend)

Sunday September 18th - Ice Times at Centene Ice Rink (Plager Rink)

  • 7:30am-8:30am - (2014 L-Z)
  • 8:40am-9:40am - (2014 A-K)
  • 9:50am-10:50am - (2015 L-Z)
  • 11am-12pm- (2015 A-K) 

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8U Season

KYHA is a proud USA Hockey Model Association.  Please click on the above logo for more information about KYHA and what ADM is all about!


Kirkwood is one of only 24 USA Hockey Model Associations. We have earned this designation because of our commitment to long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles which provide players the best chance for maximum progress during their time at KYHA.

Our process takes advantage of “Windows of Trainability” – periods of focus on specific capacities most receptive to stimuli – rather than looking at each season as a separate entity. The “windows” are: Endurance, Strength, Speed, Skill and Flexibility.

The 8U level (also known as “Mites”) is part of the FUNdamentals stage which emphasizes speed (quickness and change of direction) and general athleticism (aka Physical Literacy) over sport-specific skills. Often times training won’t look like hockey. We are still building the foundation. Kids will perform tasks focused on Agility, Balance and Coordination.

Each 8U player will be placed on a team of approximately 9 players of similar ability. They will practice weekly and participate in 4v4 half-ice games throughout the season. Games will not emphasize positioning or even team concepts. Kids at this age simply want to compete and measure success from personal, rather than group accomplishment. There is plenty of time later to teach the emotional/mental benefits of team sport.

Each team will be assigned a head coach and team manager who will keep families informed of weekly opportunities and activities. Uniforms will be provided as part of the 8U registration fees.

8U is the most common entry point for hockey. Our only objective as coaches & parents should be to create an environment where all of these new players want to return the following day, week and season. That happens when they are having FUN and feel like they are getting better.