Leagues require a pre-season
clinic to sharpen the skills of their players before practices begin, evaluate
players and create teams.
Players are evaluated in the
following areas: skating, passing, receiving, shooting, stick handling,
and checking. In addition, coaches will look at balance,
coordination, strength, sportsmanship and defensive tactics.
You can expect approximately
two practices per game at varying times depending on ice rink availability.
Practice will last approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the
age group. Some practices your team will have full ice and others
they will share the ice time with another team.
Games will begin in September.
Games normally last between 30 and 45 minutes and are divided into 3
periods. The number of games will
vary based on age level. Listed below is an approximation of games
that can be expected for each age group.
In addition, your team may
participate in scrimmages and usually at least 2 tournaments. Playoffs and All Star games
may also be part of the season depending on the league.