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Eagles Programs Overview

Elmbrook Eagles

EYHA Eagles offers youth opportunities for both co-ed and girls hockey programs for ages 4-18.

Programs Offered:

  • Midget 16U / 18U
  • Bantam 14U / Girls 14 U
  • PeeWee 12U / Girls 12U
  • Squirt 10U / Girls 10U
  • Mites 8U / Girls 8U
  • Mini-Mites 6U/8U / In-House
  • Learn to Play

 

With the addition of the Learn to Play Hockey program, EYHA will have a three-tier ladder development system for kids to move up in the U8 Mite level. 

  • Level 1: Learn to Play Hockey
  • Level 2: U6/U8 In-House
  • Level 3: U8 Mites

Whats my Hockey Age?

A player's hockey age is his/her age on December 31 of the current playing season. The USA Hockey playing season is September 1 - August 31.

2020-21 Age Classifications

Birth Year Age Age Division
2002 18 years Midget U18
2003 17 years Midget U18
2004 16 years Midget U16/U18
2005 15 years Midget U16/U18
2006 14 years Bantam 14U/Girls 14U
2007 13 years Bantam 14U/Girls 14U
2008 12 years PeeWee 12U/Girls 12U
2009 11 years PeeWee 12U/Girls 12U
2010 10 years Squirt 10U/Girls 10U
2011 9 years Squirt 10U/Girls 10U
2012* 8 years Mite 8U/Girls 8U
2013* 7 years Mite 8U/Girls 8U
2014 & Younger* 6 years Mini-Mite 6U/In House

*Learn to Play, Mini Mites U6/U8 In House, and Mites U8 are age guidelines. Skaters should follow the skating ability recommendations as defined for each level in the program descriptions below. 


Program Descriptions

LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM

This program is designed for both boys and girls (ages 4-10) who are new to hockey. Kids will learn to play hockey in a fun, casual environment without a significant time or financial commitment. Practices will be held once a week.  Age-appropriate kids will move up to U8 Mite or U6/U8 In-House upon either completion of a season of Learn-to-Play Hockey or upon gaining the necessary skills and abilities to keep up with the U8 level players and requirements.

Rental equipment is available to minimize the costs to families.


Mini-Mites 6U/8U / In House Program

It is recommended that players participate in our Learn to Play program before starting the Mini-Mite / In-House program.

In this program, agility, balance and coordination are the primary focus for this age group. The Mini-Mite / In-House program uses skill repetition with weekly progressions in a relaxed, fun environment. 

Skaters will be evenly divided into groups  or "teams."  In House Mini-Mites will practice once during the week as well as practice or scrimmage on the weekend.

Any skaters that are new to hockey after participating in a Learn to Skate/Play, are able to participate at this level until approved by the VP on Ice or the Hockey Director to move to their respective age group level.


Mite 8U / Girls 8U

It is recommended that skaters participate in our In house Program prior to starting the Mites. 

Agility, balance and coordination continue to be the primary focus for this age group. The Mite U8 program focuses on skill repetition by utilizing stations and small area games. Full-time goalies are not recommended at the U8 age level. Players will rotate through the goaltender position.  U8 Mites will practice one to two times during the week with a practices or games on Saturday and Sunday.  Games are played with neighboring associations.

Mite U8 hockey is further divided by skill into a Red (advanced), White (intermediate), and Blue Level (beginner). Mite teams consist of 8-12 players, and the teams participate in up to 3 tournaments per season. 

 

If you have questions regarding this level, please contact the VP on Ice.


Squirt 10U / Girls 10U Program

The Squirt 10U Program consists of teams divided by skill into A, B and C levels.  Teams are selected during Evaluations in late September/October.  Squirt teams consist of 11-14 players (on average) with equal playing time for all players. Teams practice 2-3 times per week for 60 minutes at each practice. Teams are encouraged to have 1-2 off-ice training sessions per week for 30-40 minutes either immediately before or after on-ice practice.  Teams play 35-40 games per season including tournament games.


Bantam 14U / Girls 14U

The Bantam 14U consists of teams divided by skill into A, B and C levels. Teams are selected during Evaluations in October. Bantam teams consist of 13-16 players (on average). Teams practice 2-3 times per week for 60 minutes at each practice. Teams are encouraged to have 2 off-ice training sessions per week either immediately before or after practice and 1 "chalk talk"/video session per week. Teams play 50 games per season, including tournament games.

Peewee 12u / Girls 12U

The PeeWee 12U consists of teams divided by skill into A, B and C levels.  Teams are selected during Evaluations in late September/October. PeeWee teams consist of 11-14 players (on average) with equal playing time for all players. Teams practice 2-3 times per week for 60 minutes at each practice. Teams are encouraged to have 1-2 off-ice training sessions per week immediately before or after practice and 1 "chalk talk"/video session per week. Teams play 40-45 games per season including tournaments.


Midget U16/U18 STARS

The overall season will be divided into 2 seasons (Fall and Winter) to allow for players to participate for their high school programs.

  • 40-50 Total Games  (8-9 Tournaments)
  • 3 practices per week including power skating sessions
  • Weekly Off-Ice Practices
  • WAHA State Qualifier with the chance to participate in Nationals

WAHA players are eligible to try out for the closest program since there are not many midget teams. Typical boundaries and waivers will be required for any player that resides in a district with a U16/U18 program.

MIDGET 18 & UNDER is restricted to any youth whose parents’ residence is the State of Wisconsin and limited to amateurs who are 18 years of age and under on or before Dec. 31 of the hockey season in which they wish to play

High school student-athletes are able to participate in pre-season programs prior to the start of their high school seasons without jeopardizing their eligibility.