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Program updates for 2017-2018

Program updates for 2017-18.

With all our programs, particularly LTP, mini-mites, and the squirt/peewee development program, we recognize that a time may come during the season when a skater is ready to move up. We coordinate this decision after discussion with coaches, parents, and program administrators. Fees for the more advanced program will be pro-rated.

Learn to Play, Returning Player.

While we encourage skaters who completed a full year of Learn to Play to enroll in another age-appropriate program (usually mini-mites or mites), we recognize that not all of last season's LTP skaters are ready and may benefit from another season in learn to play. To the extent possible, returning LTP skaters will be grouped together.

Mini-mites (usually born 2011-12).

Mini-mites is for the youngest players who have completed a season of learn to play and mastered the four basic skills areas of LTP. Mini-mites is also open to skaters aged 5 & 6 who have mastered the basic skills on ponds, backyard rinks, or through other non-structured programs.

Mites (born 2009-10)

Mites is for players 7 and 8 years old. Many mites will have graduated from Mini-mites, but some may move directly from learn to play, or come to us having mastered the basic skills on ponds or in backyards. In addition to continued work on basic skills, mites will play cross-ice games (X-ice, or "small side games") within the association. There will also be jamborees involving teams from other associations. Travel to other rinks will be limited.

New for 2017-18. After January 1st our oldest mites, those born in 2009, will benefit from additional ice time. Although we are no longer allowed to offer extended play (full ice games) to mites, we do recognize the value of beginning to teach the full ice rules and positioning to eight year olds mites. Many of this cohort will want to be prepared for tryouts for squirt teams in March 2018. By rules of our state association Mite EP, or full ice play is no longer available. This is a change from last season and moves us to offer a more extensive program to all our 8 year old mites.

Squirts (born 2006-07)

Squirt/peewee development program.
 

Last season we introduced a reduced cost option for developmental---exploratory skaters. We recognized that the benefits of cross-ice and small group play may be more beneficial for newer skaters than trying to keep up with the Tier 4 and Tier 3 skaters in a group practice. We also recognize the benefits to families of providing a lower cost developmental program for those that are not ready to compete at the league level.
 

Similarly, the state association is addressing how newer, or less experienced skaters, should fit into competitive league play.  “In such cases, an Association should work to develop an individual player plan that should include participation in a Learn to Play program, and practice time with any appropriate age group. A new player may not be ready for league game play and should only participate in such games when the Association feels the player is skilled enough to be effective, and safe to him/her self and others.”

 

Because of this we are offering a low cost option to players who would otherwise be squirts or peewees so that they may hone their skills through participation in a program similar to the cross ice-development program provided to mites: small station play, and small side games. Players in this group will follow the mite schedule but be grouped together for station play and for X-ice games to the extent possible based on registrations. Players in this group will pay the mite fee and follow the mite schedule. However we expect to group them together for station play and for cross games to the extent practical based on number of registrants.

 

When, and if, appropriate, a player may move from the development program to his or her age appropriate competitive program. Decisions will be made on case-by-case basis. The basis for promotion will be that coaches feel “the player is skilled enough to be effective, and safe to him/herself and others.”

If your player, born in 2007-08, is brand new to hockey please choose this option. If your skater has just one year with Midcoast at any level, or is returning to hockey after time away, you should consider this option. We are happy to discuss the particulars of your player and give you some informed feedback after consultation with coaches. If you have questions please contact Benet Pols. Presidentmcyh@gmail.com


U-10 (Squirt birth years '07-'08) Competitive Hockey (Tier 4)

Tier 4 hockey is competitive league play. Our squirt T4 teams will play a schedule including teams from other associations both in our home rinks and as visitors in other rinks. Depending on the number of league entrants there will likely be 20+ games and tournament play. There is no tryout for these teams however players must be "skilled enough to be effective, and safe to him/herself and others.”

Squirt Competitive Hockey (Tier 3). In accordance with MeAHA state rules, our squirt T3 team, was chosen after a tryout in March. Only players who have already registered and paid a deposit should choose this option.

U-12 (Peewees birth years '05-'06)

Squirt/peewee development program. New for 16-17!

If your skater, born in 2005-08, is brand new to hockey, please choose this option. If your skater has just one year with Midcoast at any level, or is returning to hockey after time away, you should consider this option. We are happy to discuss the particulars of your player and give you some informed feedback after consultation with coaches. If you have questions please contact Benet Pols

Peewee competitive hockey (Tier 4)

Midcoast will not field a T4 peewee team and enter it in a Tier 4 league this season. In looking at the list of potential peewee skaters for the upcoming season we saw that our goalies from last season have both moved on to bantams and there is no replacement coming in. At this level we do not believe it is appropriate to rotate all the kids through goal; that's a tolerable solution at squirts but given the speed and size at peewee it is much more important to have dedicated goaltenders. Given the short amount of time between now and when families will begin registering it is important that we get this information out so that families who want the T4 experience can explore other options with neighboring associations. We feel it is important for the development of many of our peewees that they have the opportunity to play a full Tier 4 schedule even if it means leaving Midcoast.

We will be putting together an alternative program. For some families playing on the middle school team provides sufficient game play. Our alternative program will likely provide practice time that will surely benefit those playing on the middle school teams. In addition, when practicable, we will schedule intra-squad/split squad games with the T4 Bantams, the Tier 3 Peewees, and the T3 squirts. But to be clear there will be less ice, fewer opportunities for game play, and no tournaments. This will not replace T4 league play.

 

 

Peewee competitive hockey (Tier 3)

Peewee Competitive Hockey (Tier 3). In accordance with MeAHA state rules, our peewee T3 team, was chosen after a tryout in March. Only players who have already registered and paid a deposit should choose this option.

U-14 (Bantams, birth year '03-'04)

Tier 4 hockey is competitive league play. Our squirt T4 teams will play a schedule including teams from other associations both in our home rinks and as visitors in other rinks. Depending on the number of league entrants there will likely be 20+ games and tournament play. There is no tryout for these teams however players must be "skilled enough to be effective, and safe to him/herself and others.” In addition, checking is allowed in the U-14 division. Most first year bantams (born '04) will be experiencing full body contact for the first time.

Bantam competitive hockey (Tier 3) New for 2017-18!

Bantam Competitive Hockey (Tier 3). In accordance with MeAHA state rules, our peewee T3 team, was chosen after a tryout in March. Only players who have already registered and paid a deposit should choose this option.