We All Start Somewhere
If you spend time at the Northwoods rink, you'll meet all kinds of families involved in hockey...from those who grew up playing the game in Michigan, New York or Canada, to those who've just recently been introduced to the wonderful sport. One thing we all have in common is a love for the game, camaraderie for the team and a desire to see our kids play.
If you've never set foot on the ice, don't know a power play from a
breakaway or have heard hockey is too time consuming, too expensive or too hard to learn, then start here and learn from those who've walked in your shoes.
You don't have to know it all to get started. Like anything, it's a learning process, but you'll be welcome with open arms into our hockey family...Maybe it's a whole new world, but remember we all started somewhere.
It's not uncommon to hear hockey families talking in code...
"Is he an '01?"
"How many on the team are '98's?"
It may seem like some secret language, but actually this lingo simply refers to the year a player was born. Hockey levels are based on the player's birth year...
Level Typical age
Mini-Mite 6 and under
Mite 8 and under
Squirt 10 and under
Peewee 12 and under
Bantam 14 and under
Midget/U16 16 and under
Junior/U18 18 and under
Although it's unusual, players can play with an older age group in USA Hockey. However, they cannot play down to a younger age level.
What sort of equipment do youth hockey players need? Follow the link below.
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Defending The Blue Line has provided over $3 MILLION dollars worth of hockey equipment, game tickets, cash grants, and summer camps to military families across the US & Canada. It's an incredible achievement for DTBL who still has only 2 full time and 1 part time employee. Special thanks to all of our incredible volunteers, donors, supporters, and amazing military families for making the mission possible!
Defending The Blue Line® actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. So far we have helped over 10,000 military families keep or start their kids in hockey.
Start with Northwoods Ice Center!
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Hockey Dynamics: Any skill level. Learn to play hockey in an 8-week program with classes one day per week. For boys and girls of ALL ages.
Recreational Youth Hockey League: Year-round, ice hockey teams compete in games under the supervision of the Hockey Director, Dale Henry, and awesome volunteer coaches for fun and skill development. For boys and girls ages 5-17.
San Antonio Youth Hockey Association manages the San Antonio competitive youth hockey teams.
Competitive Youth Travel Hockey League Program: These Jr. Rampage teams are run exclusively by SAYHA, but Jr. Rampage practices are located at Northwoods Ice Center. The youth hockey players with advanced skills have the opportunity to engage in a high level of competitive play against teams from outside San Antonio through the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League. For boys and girls ages 9-18. Tryouts are in July every year. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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