The DYHA Mighty Mite program consists of 6 year olds and continues its focus on skill development with more advanced skating and stick instruction.  Players will continue to hone their basic skating mechanics, both forward and backward and transitions, while also working to improve their agility, balance and speed/quickness. Small area games are used to foster creativity and quick decisions and cross ice begins the introduction to basic full ice game tactics and concepts.

Mighty Mites is a team based format with all players joining a team for practices during the week and cross ice games on the weekend.  While competition increases the focus of the practice is on individual skill attainment and the weekends on teaching game play basics so that your hockey player is ready to move to the DYHA Mite House or Travel programs.

Weekday practices are led by Jamie Tropsa and Blueline Sports Academy and will alternate between Monday and Friday afternoons. Weekend ice times will also alternate between Saturday and Sunday mornings.

During the weekends, volunteer parent/coaches take to the ice to provide instruction and manage the games with each team having a volunteer head coach and assistant coach.  DYHA has a number of experienced parent coaches that played the game at a high level and are eager to give back to the game they love.The games for the Mighty Mites will follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (“ADM”) which emphasizes cross ice at this age group. 

2018-2019 Season Specifics
Eligibility:  2012 birth years players.
Cost and Schedule:

Evaluations: Date TBD

DYHA Refund Policy


Registration: Click  to register in the Mighty Mites program.

An informational meeting for Mighty Mite volunteers & coaches will take place in September at Darien Ice Rink.  Additional info on this meeting will be sent out after Labor Day.


All players are required to have the following hockey equipment:

  • Helmet with face mask
  • Neck Guard
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Cup or Pelvic Protector
  • Shin Pads
  • Skates
  • Hockey Stick
  • Hockey Socks will be provided for Mighty-Mites
  • Hockey Jersey will be provided for Mighty-Mites