EYHA offers several development programs to introduce ice hockey to new and experienced players. Amongst the programs offered are:
- New Skaters Program
- American Development Model (ADM)
- Spring Hockey
The players will then progress through the various ranks and programs offered by EYHA. Click here for the typical player progression chart within the EYHA organization.
USA Hockey Age Classifications (for 2015-2016 season) - click here for USAH chart
for playing season: September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016
New Skaters Program
The New Skaters Program is supported by USA Hockey and is designed to focus on physical development and basic fundamentals for new skaters. The program provides instruction to skaters ages 4 - 8 in the basic skills necessary to skate freely, and the fundamental skills needed before advancing to ice hockey. Learning through fun and games, the new skaters are taught the proper way to fall & get up, skate forward & backward, glide & stop; preparng them for more advanced skating skills. New skaters also get to experience the excitement of skating during the 1st intermission at the Erie Otters home games!
Full hockey gear (helmets, pads, gloves, etc.) are required for all skaters. EYHA will provide free equipment rentals to all participants.
Normally 3 sessions are held each year: Fall session (Sept-Nov), Winter session (Dec-Feb), & Spring session (Apr-May). Each session offers ~18 hours of ice which are 1-hour practices. The estimated cost per player is $75 per session.
American Development Model (ADM) Program
ADM stands for "American Development Model" and was implemented for all organizations following USA Hockey'a development as of 2012. The EYHA took the initiative during the 2011 hockey season to run with the ADM program, with some concerns in the beginning. However after watching the development of the kids, we are 100% behind the USA Hockey ADM program.
On a normal practice, we will have a five minute full skate to allow the children to stretch out, and then we will run six stations with a average time of eight minutes per station. There will be a coach with a different skill development drill waiting for them at each station. This means your child we be working on six different skill sets each and every practice. We will also be rotating in the occasional cross ice games to allow the kids to use their skills in game-like situations.
We will be placing the kids (2009 birth year and Younger) into different groups (i.e., ADM 1, ADM 2, etc.) based on skills level. I am trying to keep the numbers to about 40 kids per ice time for optimum coach to player ratios. The estimated cost per player is $350-$400 per season.
For more information about ADM, please visit the USA Hockey website:
The Spring Hockey Program is designed as an extension of hockey season which starts in April and end in May. This session is non-instructional -- the coaches do not work on skills and/or teach techniques. It is designed to get the child on the ice to play games only. Teams consist of 10-15 players and have a 1-hour practice and 10 games. House, Select, and Travel players of the same age form teams. Games are played on various days and times. The estimated cost per player is $130-$250 per season.