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2020 Summer Full Ice and Cross Ice In-House Leagues.

Season Dates: May 1, 2020-August 12, 2020

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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, players can turn 14 during the season (May-August 2020), but cannot be 14 at the start of the season; Players can be evaluated to play full ice younger than 10 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.

2020 Summer In-House Hockey League: Click Here to register for the Summer Hockey League

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The 2020 Winter Cross-Ice & Full Ice Leagues begins on Saturday May 2, 2020 from 745am-845am Rust Ice Arena (Evaluation Date).

Advance Registration fee from March 6, 2020-April 20, 2020 is $200 per player and $175 each additional family member.

Standard Registration fee from April 21, 2020 until May is $225 per player and $200 each additional family member.

Day of Evaluation and after evaluation fee on/after May 2, 2020 is $250 per player and $225 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: Saturday or Sunday in May and Monday and/or Tuesday in June, July and August; no weekend ice in the summer.

Games and practices for Full Ice: Saturday or Sunday in May and Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday in June; July and August; no weekend ice in the summer.

*Clinics and additional Friday night practices will be provided during the season (TBD)

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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