In order to better emphasize parity between teams and facilitate the drafting process, we have a strict carpool request policy. Each player is allowed one carpool request. Requests will only be valid if players request each other. Not all requests may be granted. Skill level of players, division assignments and team parity are just a few of the factors that go into deciding whether or not a request is granted. Carpool requests can be made during the online registration process.
The three week evaluation process consists of large group scrimmages. It is very important that all players attend all or as many evaluations as they can. This will help Solar4America Ice staff coaches get an accurate reading on each players skill level, thus allowing the league to place players in the proper skill division and strive for parity between the teams.
During the large scrimmages, players are rated. Using these ratings, players are drafted into teams. Team assignments are sent to participants via email at the conclusion of the evaluation sessions.
After teams have been drafted and finalized, the next few weeks consist of weekday and weekend practices. Eventually it turns into weekday practices and weekend games. There may be an occasional weekday games later in the season to balance the schedule out.
How a 6 year old acts and learns varies greatly from how a 14 year old acts and learns. Thus, how a 6 year old should practice and play the games of hockey differs from how a 14 year old practices and plays the game of hockey. Below you will find the practice and game structure for each age division.
6U (Mite-Mite) & 8U (Mite)
12U (Pee Wee) & 14U (Bantam)
The cross ice/half ice hockey model is practicing and playing hockey across the ice surface, or in small areas of the ice, as compared to practicing and playing lengthwise along the full length of the rink. This small area ice practicing and playing model has been used in many of the leading hockey nations in the world for a number of years and has stood the test of time. It has been shown that children who begin their hockey training in this environment have an outstanding hockey experience.
In playing small area ice hockey, the number of times a player touches, passes, handles, and shoots the puck dramatically increases. Their stopping, turning and edge control is tested much more often in the small area model. Additionally, in cross ice hockey, the speed in playing situations increases which requires quicker mental and physical reactions by the players and raises their activity level.