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Hello Sno-King 8U players!
We hope you have been enjoying your summer break, and are ready for the 2017-18 hockey season!
Sno-King is continuing to refine our successful 8U program and we look forward to working with all players born in 2009 and younger. As a USA Hockey model association, Sno-King follows ADM Model guidelines. 8U age players can begin to refine and improve individual skills over the hockey season with many hours of repetitive movements, and should learn to love playing hockey. Sno-King encourages this important skill development through station based, active practices that offer lots of opportunities for puck touches. This practice format allows players to begin to develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s fast paced game as they grow and mature in hockey, all while having fun.
8U team rosters will have 10-12 per team to maximize practice development and game playing time. Teams will alternate between MHL games and SKAHA in-house games. All games are cross-ice.
The 8U age group has two divisions, Major and Minor. During the early season evaluation skates, the coaches will place players in the most appropriate division for their skill development. Generally, the Major division has older players, and the Minor division has the younger aged players. Within both divisions, all teams are balanced and practice together at your chosen rink. (Kirkland or Renton)
Additionally, some 2009 aged players are invited to play on the 8U Development Team. At 8U, some players exhibit a stronger skill set, particularly if they have been playing hockey for several years. The Dev team fills the need for more developed players to get extra ice time with players at a similar skill level. The team is a mix of Renton and Kirkland players. Practices are Sunday afternoons in Renton, and games are played against other B level 8U teams in the MHL. Details and cost TBD.
- 8U Renton. 5 Major teams, 3 Minor teams
- 8U Kirkland: 3 Major teams, 3 Minor teams
Please register for the season at http://snokinghockey.com
Our Sno-King coaches are committed to creating a positive impact on the lives of our players. Coaches follow the Positive Coaching Alliance principles, and, as part of our ADM Model association status, are up to date with all the latest player development techniques from USA Hockey. All coaches are certified in USA Hockey’s SafeSport, a key piece of Sno-King's on going player safety education program. Parents are encouraged to take this free course also: http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining
Renton Major ADM Coordinator: Coach Tony Lawrence
Kirkland Major ADM Coordinator: Coach Clayton Rodgers
8U Minor ADM Coordinator: Coach Mark Falconi
8U: Team expenses in addition to the Sno-King player fees may include tournament fees and any personal travel/accommodation expenses.
2009 age players invited to the development team will have an additional fee.
For all 8U teams, the regular season practice schedule is available on snokinghockey.com. Regular season practices will begin after the selection/evaluation process is complete for all age groups, toward the end of September.
Early season warm-up: Sno-King offers several free, optional opportunities for your players to get ready for the season before the evaluation sessions. We would like to encourage your players to attend as many of optional sessions as possible. They are a fun way to get in some extra ice time! Schedule is here.
If you have any questions about the upcoming season do not hesitate to contact us or visit www.snokinghockey.com for more information.