Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Understanding Minor Hockey Age Groups and Levels - A New Hockey Parents Guide

March 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 147

There are so many levels in minor hockey that it can be difficult for a new parent to full understand. In fact, it's hard at times for an experienced hockey parent to grasp all of the levels and groupings and what everything means.

For starters minor hockey is broken down in age groups. Age groups are ordered by year of birth not actual age. Therefore if you were born in December 2005 for example you would be six years old on a team that would probably have mostly seven-year olds depending on when they were born. Here is a breakdown of age groups and divisions.

4-6 year olds - Tyke (some leagues call this Mite, Pre-Novice or IP (Initiation Program)

7 years old - Minor Novice

8 years old - Novice

9 years old - Minor Atom

10 years old - Atom

11 years old - Minor Peewee

12 years old - Peewee

13 years old - Minor Bantam

14 years old - Bantam

15 years old - Minor Midget

16 years old - Midget

17-19 years old - Juvenile

All depending where you are geographically leagues may call their age groups under 8, under 9, under 10, etc. In essence, it all means the same when teams are grouped to play one another for games, tournaments and/or play-offs.

The level of competition in hockey varies as well. Typically when your child starts playing hockey he/she will start in house league. House league is local, with little to no travel, once or twice per week and purely recreational. Beyond house league there is competitive hockey (or rep hockey) which depending on the level varies in competitiveness. Rep hockey levels vary from triple A all the way to D-rep depending on the population of the community you live in. Here's a breakdown of hockey levels and what they mean:

Triple A - Highest possible level of minor hockey

Double A - Second highest level of minor hockey

Single A - Third highest level of minor hockey

Additional Entry - Introductory (preparation) level to rep hockey

Double B - D - Rep hockey levels from small communities. The level of hockey depends on population.

House League Select - All-Star level for house league level players

House League - Recreational Hockey

Local League - Very small communities that are too small for their own house league play other towns of equal size in a local league

Large cities that have triple A will also offer double A, single A, additional entry and select. Communities in which there is no triple A team are part of a zone that qualifies its player's to try-out for the triple A team that regulates their zone. For instance, if you live in a community that has B rep hockey, players from that town can still have an opportunity to try-out for the triple A team that is within their zone. Often small communities that are close to one another will assemble triple A teams of top players from their region to compete against larger cities.

Visit the Wonderful World of Minor Hockey for advice, musings and insights into the fun, exciting and often intense game of youth hockey.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Minor Hockey

,

House League

,

Rep Hockey

,

Understanding Minor Hockey

,

Hockey Levels

,

Rep Minor Hockey

LED boat trailer lights are designed to offer high-power output and low-power consumption for ultra-bright and reliable illumination; they are sealed to resist UV-radiation, corrosion, and water

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Boating l December 12, 2012 lViews: 274

All these scooters are highly durable as they have been made using qualitative materials. They are ideal for extreme tricks, jumps and stunts for youngsters and are extremely light in weight. All

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Extreme l November 24, 2012 lViews: 413

The interest in BMXing has grown massively over the past few years. With BMX hitting its peak in the 80's with freestyle riders, the sport has never looked back. Even more impressively BMX racing is

By: Alan Trotter l Recreation & Sports > Cycling l October 24, 2012 lViews: 452

Mountain biking has grown vastly over the years from simple, open entry competitions to global world cup and olympic events. There are still local enthusiasts and the sport has a dedicated following.

By: Philip Loughran l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 248

It's unfortunate but true that although summer holidays such as the 4th of July and Labor Day offer some of the best opportunities for families to get out and enjoy some quality time together, with

By: Dexter Luck l Recreation & Sports > Boating l July 10, 2012 lViews: 585

The term "Klunker" that for years became synonymous with heavy, clumsy machines, was actually the model of bike made by the Schwinn company that had something to do with the origins of freestyle

By: John D Meyers l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 270

The Quebec Nordiques of the NHL left for Denver 17 years ago and since then, the city of Quebec has felt sad and empty. With the proposal of a new NHL arena in the midst, Quebec likely has a chance

By: John W Mannl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl April 02, 2012 lViews: 150

The definitive answer to the question; is stickhandling creativity gone can be found in the ever-increasing number of NHL games that are decided by the quick hands of players during a shootout. When

By: Thor Josefsonl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 22, 2012 lViews: 174

Fighting has been a popular element in all levels of hockey since it's beginning. However, NHL officials are beginning to show their concern with the amount of concussions being sustained by it's

By: John W Mannl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 19, 2012 lViews: 142

As hockey parents we are very competitive and passionate about the game of hockey. We all want nothing more than our kids to succeed at hockey and we all carry that glimmer of hope that one day our

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 14, 2012 lViews: 143

The purest moment of life was waking up to the feeling of the cold seeping through the walls and the tiny cracks in the windows, knowing it was time. Rising from bed stretching off the long nights

By: Timothy W Hookerl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 14, 2012 lViews: 159

Over the past several years more and more focus has been placed on spring and summer hockey. Spring hockey is typically several practices and a few tournaments over an eight week period. Summer

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 09, 2012 lViews: 161

As hockey parents we are very competitive and passionate about the game of hockey. We all want nothing more than our kids to succeed at hockey and we all carry that glimmer of hope that one day our

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 14, 2012 lViews: 143

Over the past several years more and more focus has been placed on spring and summer hockey. Spring hockey is typically several practices and a few tournaments over an eight week period. Summer

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 09, 2012 lViews: 161

Depending on the hockey organization you're involved in rep hockey try-outs either take place in the spring after hockey season ends or in late summer. It's a very exciting time for many players and

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 09, 2012 lViews: 142

First off let me start by saying that coaching minor hockey is a tough and often thankless task. As a coach you often have to deal with scheduling issues, parental communication, difficult hockey

By: Maxim Clarkl Recreation & Sports > Hockeyl March 09, 2012 lViews: 173

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus