The DYHA Mighty Mite program consists of 6 year olds and continues its focus on skill development with more advanced skating and stick instruction provided in USA Hockey ADM (Advanced Development Model) station based practices. 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 weekend cross ice play begins the introduction to basic full ice game tactics and concepts. A 3v3 cross-ice opportunity on the weekend allows your player to foster their creativity while continuing to hone their skating and stick skills in a mini-game like format.
Mighty Mites is a TEAM based format typically consisting of 8 to 10 teams of 10-12 players each. Players join a team for practices during the week and then compete against other Mighty Mite teams in cross ice games on the weekend. While competition increases the focus of the weekday practice is on individual skill attainment while the weekends help instruct players on game play basics so that your hockey player is ready to move to the DYHA Mite House or Travel programs in the coming year.
The Fall season culminates in the Shannon Cup, a round robin tournament with all Mighty Mite teams competing for the coveted title and trophy. The full season ends with three weeks of hotly contested playoff action and the eventual championship game (and consolation game) in front of hundreds of screaming parents and family members on Super Sunday!
Weekday practices are led by by DYHA coaches including our Skills Director/Squirt A coach Brett Farson, Squirt A1 coach Mark Wilhelm, Mite A coach Kevin Erving, Bantam A coach Tucker Grose and Blueline Sports Academy coach Sean Blanche. Brett and our coaches have many years of coaching experience and will teach your player the basics of skating and ice hockey skills by utilizing drills and small area games in a fun but challenging environment.
During the weekends, games for the Mighty Mites will follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (“ADM”) which emphasizes cross-ice play to maximize ice time and puck touches for all players. Volunteer parent/coaches take to the ice to provide basic game instruction and manage the cross-ice 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 while also being a fundamental part of their young player's hockey development.