Saratoga Youth Hockey offers programs for players of all levels for players ages 4 to 18. USA Hockey, Saratoga Youth Hockey's governing body, classifies player ages by birth year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). Below are the USA Hockey divisions:
For players in the Squirt division and above teams are selected by a tryout process. The number of teams at each level is determined by the total number of players registered in each division. Teams play a regional schedule and participate in the Tech Valley Hockey League.
New! Mite Age (8 & under) Programs fro 2014-2015 Season:
USA Hockey recently incorporated the ADM (American Development Model). This program lies at the core of player development. The ADM utilizes a station approach to practice in order to simultaneously maximize ice utilization while presenting players with limited time and space training. This approach serves to increase repetitions, puck touches, and skating in traffic. As a result, particularly at the 8U Mite level, it serves to develop agility, balance, coordination, and speed (The ABCs). Another Fundamental component of the ADM for the Mite level is its emphasis on cross-ice, half-ice and small area games, all designed to help foster a read and react mentality, the essence of decision-making in the sport.
SYHI is committed to following these ADM principles. Saratoga Youth Hockey’s entry level programs will now offer four levels of participation:
Please see the Teams tab on the top Menu Bar for up-to-date information about each program.
NOTE: For Complete details on SYHI Programs, Tier Levels, Tryout Process and Registration Rates, please review the SYHI Age Level Programs & Structure Document and the Age Classifications for the 2014-2015 Season below:
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