Carpool Requests

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.

Team Formation

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.

Practice & Game Structure

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)

  • Set practice plan will consist of skill stations, small area games and drills designed to increase players agility, balance and coordination.
  • Solar4America Ice staff coaches facilitate and supervise the entire 60 minute practice with the assistance of volunteer coaches following the practice plan.
  • There may be three of four teams on the ice for any given practice.
  • Games will be played cross ice or half ice depending on the number of enrollments and teams.
  • 8U (Mites) may play a small number of full ice games in the latter part of the season.
  • Depending on the number of enrollments, 8U (Mite) players are drafted into two skill divisions; Gold and Silver.
  • During cross ice/half ice games, staff coaches will act as referees teaching players what is and is not allowed. Volunteer coaches will be on the ice to help facilitate line changes and encourage good hockey plays.
  • All practices and games held at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.

10U (Squirt)

  • Set practice plan will consist of skill stations, small are games and drills to introduce hockey concepts.
  • There may be two or three teams on the ice for any given practice.
  • Solar4America Ice staff coaches facilitate and supervise the first 30 minutes of practice with the assistance of volunteer coaches following the practice plan.
  • For the remaining 30 minutes of practice, each team will get a section of the ice where their respective volunteer coaches take over and staff coaches assist them.
  • Teams may have 2-3 cross ice game sessions over the course of the season.
  • During full ice games, staff coaches will act as referees while volunteer coaches are off ice, managing their team bench.
  • During cross ice/half ice games, staff coaches will act as referees teaching players what is and is not allowed. Volunteer coaches will be on the ice to help facilitate line changes and encourage good hockey plays.
  • Depending on the number of enrollments, 10U (Squirt) players are drafted into two skill divisions; Gold and Silver.
  • All practices and games held at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.

12U (Pee Wee) & 14U (Bantam)

  • Set practice plans will consist of skill stations, body contact/checking drills, small area games and drills to teach hockey concepts/positioning.
  • There will be two teams on the ice for any given practice.
  • Solar4America Ice staff coaches facilitate and supervise the first 30 minutes of practice with the assistance of volunteer coaches following the practice plan.
  • For the remaining 30 minutes of practice, each team will get a section of the ice where their respective volunteer coaches take over and staff coaches assist them.
  • Teams will play full ice games.
  • There may be one or two cross ice game days to ensure every team is skating on photo day and/or for a league wide jamboree.
  • During full ice games, staff coaches will act as referees while volunteer coaches are off ice, managing their team bench.
  • Depending on the number of enrollments, 12U (Pee Wee) and 14U (Bantam) players are drafted into two skill divisions; Gold and Silver.
  • All practices and games held at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.

Cross Ice/Half Ice Hockey

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.