Eligibility and Overview:
Players ages 6-8 as of December 31 for the current season, who have played one year in the LTPW program, are eligible for Wild Mites (WM). This a developmental House (local) Mite program. Players ages 4-8 (as of December 31) with no organized hockey experience must register first with the Learn To Play Wild (LTPW) Initiation Program. The WM program is important to player development as skating and puck skills are taught and reinforced while the fundamental elements of team/positional play, rules and games are learned. The program is designed so that players can spend multiple years in Wild Mites and it is recommended that players 8 and under consider a second year in the Wild Mite program before moving to travel hockey. The WM program starts with a clinic-style pre-season followed by a team season including team practices, games between the HHA Wild Mite teams, and some games between Hanover teams and house mite teams from other local associations. These games will be half-ice games with four skaters on a side and goalies. Wild Mite Program plans to have four teams within the program this year.
The season begins on Saturday, October 27 at 9:20 AM at Campion Rink. It's very important that players arrive early on the first day to receive their team jersey and to have enough time to get ready.
Practices will run every Sat/Sun beginning 10/27 through 12/9 (however, there will be no skates the weekend following Thanksgiving, on 11/24 or 11/25). While attendance at all practices is strongly encouraged, Hanover Hockey encourages young players to try other sports and activities. So if a player will miss a practice or game, all HHA asks is that the player (or parent) notifies the coach in advance.
Program Focus and management: The Initiation Programs (LTPW and Wild Mites) are designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey while developing skating, puck handling (such as passing, receiving, shooting , etc...), and team skills. There is also an emphasis on learning about hockey and having fun in a team-oriented environment. A committee of HHA Board members and coaches from this level provide oversight and management for Learn To Play and Wild Mites.