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2019 Winter Hockey League

Season operates Janary 5-March 31, 2019. SOLD OUT

cross-ice hockey

Cross Ice Hockey League: Cross-ice hockey is specifically designed for players 9 and under and provides fast results in the most enjoyable environment available. Cross-ice hockey is a system whereby skaters play the game along one-third of the width of the rink rather than the full length. The reduced playing area increases the players’ need to move faster and gain better control of the puck, and the players receive more touches of the puck than in a full-ice game. The program is designed for children ages 9 years and under. Teams consist of roughly eight players and participate in a 3–on–3 game lasting one hour.

Low player–to–coach ratios further guarantee instruction from our dedicated volunteer coaches. Games are played on both ends of the rink, and coaches are able to individually instruct those skaters not playing in the center ice area. Participants must have completed Hockey 2 or a comparable class to be eligible for the Cross Ice Hockey League.

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Winter Ice Hockey League: Winterr Ice Hockey League is designed for players ages 10 to 13 (or if evaluated to play full ice if younger than 10 or evaluated if aged 14 based on playing experience). This league is a great way to have fun while further developing hockey skills. The Full Ice League provides players quality game experience without travel. A qualified, professional coaching staff emphasizes improving skating, hockey and team playing skills through practice and game experience. All games for the Full Ice League are played at the University of Delaware.

2019 Winter In-House Hockey League SOLD OUT NO LONGER TAKING PLAYERS: Click Here to register for the Winter Hockey League

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The 2019 Winterl Cross-Ice & Full Ice Leagues begins on January 5, 2019; 5pm-6pm RUST ICE ARENA (Evaluation Date). Players who played in the 2018 Fall League do not need to attend evaluations on January 5, 2019.

Standard Registration fee is $325 per player and $305 each additional family member, if you register from December 17-31, 2018

Week of Registration fee (Starting Janaury 1, 2019) is $350 per player and $330 each additional family member.

All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee; no refunds will be provided after the 2nd week of the season; unless for medical reasons and then the refund will be pro-rated.

Games and practices for Cross Ice: Practices Saturday mornings 11am-Noon; few Friday evening practices. Games are on Sunday between 2:45pm-5:00pm; depending on game schedule. In March games/practices will take place on Friday evenings.

Games and practices for Full Ice: Practices Saturday mornings 7:30am- 8:50am; few Friday evening practices. Games are on Sunday between 3:45pm-7:00pm; depending on game schedule. In March games/practices will take place on Friday evenings.

Full equipment is required (helmet with cage and mouthguard, shoulder and elbow pads, gloves, protective cup, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, stick and hockey socks).

Program Highlights & FAQ's

  • The emphasis will be on FUN for all players while developing players’ core hockey skills.
  • Full Ice League will play full ice games and have referees for games.
  • Cross ice games are played across the width of one zone. It is played
        3–on–3 or 4–on–4 as opposed to 5 skaters a side.
  • All players will receive a team game jersey and game socks for the season.
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    Q: Who makes the determination on team placements?
    A: The director and coaches will make the decisions during evaluations. Players will be placed in the division in which their skill level is best suited for. Our goal is to have each child playing where they will be challenged but not put their safety or enthusiasm for the sport of hockey in jeopardy.

    Q: Will ice time be equal?
    A: Each player will receive an equitable amount of ice time. Please be mindful that it is not possible to achieve EXACT ice time, particularly if there is an odd number of players a given game. Any concerns should be brought to the director’s attention.

    Q: Is full equipment required?
    A: Yes, full equipment is required; including mouth guard.

    Q: Will checking be allowed during in-house games?
    A: No

    Q: How are coaches selected?
    A: They volunteer. Most coaches are parents of players, some have played competitive hockey others have not.  Please give them the respect they deserve for volunteering.

    For more information about the program call (302) 831-6038, or e-mail Jim Kaden, Director, Ice Arena/Outdoor Aquatics Center.

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