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Sabre Mite Program Overview

 
2006 & 2007 Birth Years
Mite Travel (NIHL)           
Gold Mites (NWHL)
Silver Mite 8U (In-house)
 
2008 & Younger
Silver Mite 6U (In-house)
 
Sabre Silver Mites
The Sabre Silver Mite program is a fully compliant American Development Model Program (ADM) that is based on age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum. If the term ADM is new to you, I highly recommend that you take some time to review www.admkids.com.
 
The ADM is a USA Hockey development program based on the science and research behind Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). USA Hockey was one of the first governing bodies in the USOC to adopt this structure. Today there are many more sports applying these same principles. It is designed for age appropriate development and fun!
 
Silver Mite skaters will be trained under a strict and fully compliant ADM development structure consisting of station-based skills practices, small-area games and cross-ice or half-ice hockey games. The Silver Mite program is divided into two age groups, 6U for all skaters that are six (6) years old or younger and 8U for all seven (7) and eight (8) year old skaters.
 
Both the 6U and 8U divisions are structured exactly the same with the exception of game format. All 6U games will be played in the cross-ice format and all 8U games will be played on a half-ice format. This game format is a change from previous years where the 8U division started playing full-ice games for the second half of the season. With that progressive model from reduced ice games to full ice games being adopted at the Gold Mite level and also at the Travel Mite level, we’ve decided to take the next step to making our Silver Mite ADM program a fully compliant USA Hockey ADM program this season.
 
The Sabre Silver Mite program allows you to pick your preferred rink (All Seasons or Rocket) to have your practices and skill sessions based out of. This choice will be made during the registration process. Game days will rotate between All Seasons and the Rocket from week to week.
 
Season Overview
All participants will start the season in September with evaluation weekend. Your skater will be assigned to an evaluation group after you’ve registered. That assignment will come to you via email roughly a week prior to the evaluation weekend. During the evaluation sessions, all skaters will be rated on their skating ability and all around hockey skills. These player ratings will be the basis of the draft system and how the coaches will select their teams as our goal is to equally balance all of the teams. After evaluations, you’ll receive a phone call from the head coach of the team your skater was assigned to. All players will receive a Sabre jersey and socks in your team colors. 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 more information on the Silver Mite program:
  • Practices start the week after evaluation weekend
  • Games will begin in October
  • Practices/Skill Sessions will be twice a week with Games on Sunday. Currently practice days are set for Tuesday and Saturday. Depending on team counts for All Seasons some teams could practice on Wednesday’s. We will do everything possible to keep that schedule but due to the complexities of ice scheduling that is subject to change.
  • All games will be cross-ice (6U) and half-ice (8U) game format and one hour in length
  • 90 second running clock shifts to provide  equal ice time for all participants
  • Goalies will rotate from game to game and all players will play all positions throughout the year
  • Officials are on the ice for each game
  • Penalties will result in a penalty shot 
Please refer to our registration packet on SabreHockey.com for more detailed information on program costs and evaluation dates.
Gold Mites (NWHL)
Our Gold Mite program is a Tier III development program that participates in the Northwest Hockey League, www.nwhleague.com.  The Sabre Gold Mite program is designed for skaters that are looking for a skill development program that is a step up from our Silver Mite program and still a less competitive environment than our Travel Mite program. 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.
 
Season Overview
All participants will start the season in September with evaluation weekend. Your skater will be assigned to an evaluation group after you’ve registered. That assignment will come to you via email roughly a week prior to the evaluation weekend. During the evaluation sessions all skaters will be rated on their skating ability and all around hockey skills. These player ratings will be the basis of the draft system and how the coaches will select their teams based on NWHL balanced draft rules. After evaluations, you’ll receive a phone call from the head coach of the team you skater was assigned to. All players will receive both home and away Sabre jerseys and socks. You'll practice with your team and coaches for the remainder of the season.
 
Gold Mites will be playing a half-ice reduced ice game schedule from October to December. Starting December 1st all teams will be playing a 15 game full ice schedule that will include one tournament (in-state or out of state). In addition to those 15 full ice games each team will also participate in NHWL playoffs at the end of the season.
 
The Sabre Hockey Association has two home arenas, The Rocket Ice Arena and All Seasons. All teams will split practice and game time between both of our home rinks. Throughout the year we also pick up extra ice from Downers Grove and Seven Bridges Ice Arena. Once the NWHL season begins, you will be placed within a Gold Mite division and play a home and away schedule against the teams in your division. Unfortunately the Gold Mite division’s 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 evaluations and the teams are drafted. Please refer to the NWHL website for a listing of participating clubs to see an overview of clubs you may visit this season. In general skaters will practice during the week and play games on the weekends in Gold Mites.
 
We do allow for full time goalies at the Gold Mite level, although it is encouraged to have all players try all positions. 
Please refer to our registration packet on SabreHockey.com for more detailed information on program costs and evaluation dates.
Travel Mites (NIHL)
Our Travel Mite program is a Tier II development program that participates in the Northern Illinois Hockey League, www.nihl.info.  The Sabre Travel Mite program is designed for the more committed skaters that are looking for a more competitive higher-level skill development program that is a step up from our Gold Mite program. At this level we do allow full time goalies and there are not league defined balanced ice time rules.
 
Season Overview
All participants will start the season in September with tryouts. Since the Travel program is a competitive league we do call these tryouts and our three travel teams will be selected in a top down approach. The top players will be selected first for our Mite AA team followed by our A1 and then A2 teams. It is possible that your skater may not be selected for one of our three travel teams. In the event that this happens you’ll be auto enrolled in our Gold Mite program and reassigned to an evaluation group for those evaluations. For travel tryouts your skater will be assigned to a tryout group after you’ve registered. That assignment will come to you via email roughly a week prior to tryouts. It is required that all skaters attend at least two tryout sessions to be selected on any team higher than the last travel team, in Mites that would be Mite A2.
 
During the tryout on-ice sessions all skaters will be rated on their skating ability, all around hockey skills and scrimmage time. After tryouts, you’ll receive a phone call from the head coach of the team you skater was assigned to. You will also receive a call if your skater was not selected to a travel team. All players will receive both home and away Sabre jerseys and socks. You'll practice with your team and coaches for the remainder of the season.
 
Travel Mites will be playing a half-ice reduced ice game schedule that will act as a NIHL tiering round from October to December. Starting December 1st all teams will be playing a 15 game full ice schedule that will include one tournament (in-state or out of state). In addition to those 15 full ice games each team will also participate in NIHL playoffs to end the season.
 
The Sabre Hockey Association has two home arenas, The Rocket Ice Arena and All Seasons. All teams will split practice and game time between both of our home rinks. Throughout the year we also pick up extra ice from Downers Grove and Seven Bridges Ice Arena. Once the NIHL season begins, you will be placed within a NIHL Mite division (Gold, Silver Bronze) and play a home and away schedule against the teams in your division. Unfortunately the Travel Mite division’s 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. Please refer to the NIHL website for a listing of participating clubs to see an overview of clubs you may visit this season. In general skaters will practice and play games during the week and on the weekends.

Please refer to our registration packet on SabreHockey.com for more detailed information on program costs and evaluation dates.
 

 

Todd Geier

Mite Coordinator

Sabre Hockey

630.779.8500


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