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Letter from Sabre Hockey's Mite Coordinator, Todd Geier

 

My name is Todd Geier and I'm the Mite Coordinator here with Sabre Hockey. I'm excited to be reaching out to you today as your son or daughter has been recommended by Chris Chelios or Chad Green to graduate from their player development program. They've recommended that you're ready to be moved up to the next level. Please let me take a moment of your time to give you a brief overview of the Sabre Mite Hockey program and what we have to offer as the next step in your son or daughter's hockey development.

 

This season we've got a new rule change for the Mite level being passed down from USA Hockey and AHAI, that is all skaters 2006 or younger (6U) must participate in an ADM cross or half ice hockey program starting this season. We've already been doing this for the past few seasons so not a big change to our program, however no 6U skaters will be allowed to play up as of this season.You can find more information at USA Hockey or ADMKids. If you've not heard about the American Development Model or ADM, I encourage you to take some time to go through the ADMKids site.

 

The Sabre's Silver Mite program is the premier Mite development program that has set the bar for other clubs in implementing USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM). The Sabre Silver Mite program continues to grow each year allowing us to implement several new changes to the program that will continue to give your child the best opportunities to develop their skills and grow. Below are some highlights of our Silver Mite 2012-2013 program.

 

Silver Mite 6 & Under (2006 and younger skaters)

The Silver Mite 6U division is an ADM skill development program based on age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum. Evaluations will be held September 15th and 16th. After evaluations our 6U coaches will draft their teams to allow for balanced teams. You'll practice with your team and coaches for the remainder of the season that will conclude with Super Sunday in the first weekend of March. Below is some information on how the season is structured.

  • Practices start the week of September 17th
  • Games will begin in October
  • Practices/Skill Sessions will be twice a week with Games on Sunday
  • All games will be half ice and one hour in length
  • Two minute running clock shifts will the goal being equal ice time for each of the kids
  • Officials are on the ice for each game
  • Penalties will result in a penalty shot

 

Silver Mite - 8 & Under Division Structure (2004 & 2005 skaters)

The Silver Mite 8U division is also an ADM skill development program based on age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum. However, our 8U division is structured as a progression to teaching the full ice game, positions and proper rules. Evaluations will be held September 15th and 16th. After evaluations our 8U coaches will draft their teams to allow for balanced teams. You'll practice with your team and coaches for the remainder of the season that will conclude with Super Sunday in the first weekend of March. Below is some information on how the season is structured.

 

1st Period: September - November

  • Practices start the week of September 17th
  • Games will begin in October
  • Practices/Skill Sessions will be twice a week with Games on Sunday
  • All games will be half ice and one hour in length
  • Two minute running clock shifts will the goal being equal ice time for each of the kids
  • Officials are on the ice for each game
  • Penalties will result in a penalty shot

 

2nd Period: December - January

  • All games will be full ice and one hour in length
  • Two minute running clock shifts will the goal being equal ice time for each of the kids
  • We encourage one coach to be on the ice to assist players with positioning for all games.
  • Penalties will be called, and the penalized player will be replaced on the ice by another player on his team.
  • Officials are on the ice for each game and they will conduct all face-offs.

 

3rd Period: February - March

  • All games will be full ice and one hour in length with USA Hockey rules
  • The games will also be played stop clock and lines changes can happen "on the fly"
  • Coaches will no longer be on the ice

 

Both of our Silver Mite 6U & 8U programs allows you to pick your preferred rink (All Seasons or Rocket) to have your practices and skill sessions based out of. Your games will still be at either rink week to week. Goalies will rotate from game to game and all players will play all positions through the year at this level.

 

Gold Mites (2004 & 2005 skaters)

Our Gold Mite program is a tier III development league that participates in the Northwest Hockey League. When you move into any other program within the Sabre organization you will have your practices at either of the rinks and there is no longer a choice of home rinks. NWHL has many rules to manage player development within practices and games with mandating equal ice time, no power play/penalty kill lines and kids play all of the positions. A big difference between the Silver Mite and Gold Mite levels is the progression to full ice and the fact that all Gold Mite games are full ice and full USA Hockey rules from the very first game to the last. We do allow for full time goalies at the Gold Mite level, although it is encouraged to have all players try all positions.

 

The Gold Mite season starts with evaluations September 8th & 9th and then teams are drafted to be as equally balanced as possible. Once the teams are selected they will play tiering round games to create divisions within the league. Your games can be played at any of the rinks that participate in the NWHL league and end up in your division.

 

Unfortunately with the Gold Mite divisions practice will vary some and game schedules are not determined until the season scheduling meeting by your head coach and team manager. That meeting will not take place until after tryouts and the teams are drafted. However, Gold Mites will play their games on the weekends with practices during the week.

 

For more information on Sabre Hockey Registration and fees click HERE .

 

I hope all of that information helps you make the best decision for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at tgeier@sabrehockey.com or by phone at 630-779-8500 if you have additional questions.

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I'll see you around the rinks.

 

Coach Todd

 

Todd Geier

Mite Coordinator

Sabre Hockey

630.779.8500


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