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2017 Winter Hockey League

Player cannot turn 14 during the playing season.

Season operates January 7-April 2, 2017.

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.

cross-ice hockey

Full Ice Hockey League: Full Ice Hockey League is designed for players ages 10 to 13 (cannot turn 14 during the season) (or if evaluated to play full ice if younger than 10). 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.

2017 Winter In-House Hockey League: Click Here to register for the Winter Hockey League

cross-ice hockey

The 2017 Winter Cross-Ice & Full Ice Leagues begins on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 3:15pm-4:30pm in the RUST ARENA and will end on April 2, 2017

Standard Registration fee is $300 per player and $280 each additional family member, if you register between November 29, 2016-January 2, 2017.

Week of Registration fee is $340 per player and $320 each additional family member, if you register starting January 3, 2017

Games and practices are held on during the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Saturday are morning activities and Sunday after late afternoon activiites. A few practices and or games in March will be held during the week.

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). The University of Delaware Ice Arena is able to provide a full set of rental equipment (subject to availability) free of cost, to any family that is interested in participating in the Cross-Ice Hockey ONLY. Full Ice players need their own equipment. . Please contact Jim Kaden to schedule a time to come in for an equipment fitting and to fill-out the rental forms.

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.
  • Fall hockey league will have at least 20 ice slots, which include games, practices, special clinics and year end tournament highlight the season..
  • All players will receive a trophy at end of season.
  • Q: How do I determine my son/daughters “hockey age”?
    A: Anyone who is doesn't turn age 14 by April 2, 2017 is able to participate in the winter hockey league.

    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, rental equipment is available to borrow at no additional cost (Cross Ice League only).

    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, Assistant Director, Ice Arena.

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