The Little Dipper 8U Mite Program is AHA’s development program that is modeled after the American Development Model (ADM), which allows kids 8 years and under the opportunity to progress at their own pace and play with kids of their own skill level. It’s about the kids, it’s about puck touches and it’s about creating a passion for the game!
Below describes all AHA’s Little Dipper Program levels and guidelines for ages 4 – 8 yrs. old. Kids progress at different rates and our Little Dipper Program is set up to allow kids to advance upon skill level and is not just based on age. The Little Dipper 8U Developmental Program is for both boys and girls 8 years and under and our primary rinks are conveniently located in midtown Anchorage (Ben Boeke and Dempsey Anderson Ice Arenas.
Little Dippers Program consists of Learn To Skate, Learn To Play, 6U-Blue, 8U-White and 8U-Red and is modeled after USA Hockey's Red White and Blue Model.
Is a twice a week program (Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons) introduces skating and hockey fundamentals for 4-year-olds and up. The season starts early October and ends with the Jamboree in late February. Fee includes ice time, jersey, socks, and medal
Our “LTS” is designed to provide a fun enjoyable experience where your child will learn the fundamentals of basic hockey skating. This program is not only for kids new to hockey, but kids needing a little more work on their basic skating skills. We recommend that children be at least 4 years old to participate in our LTS program. From our coaching staff's experience, we feel a child who is at least 4 years of age is ready to grasp basic skating fundamental and has the ability to be in a group environment. We also understand there is always an exception to the rule and we have had many children under 4 years of age participate in our LTS. This is a case by case basis and you'll need to contact Barrett to discuss your child's situation. Our goal is simple: We want your child to have fun…. At this level, it’s just as important to develop their passion for the game as their fundamental skills.
LTP Is a twice a week program that’s designed to hone players skating fundamental and introduce hockey fundamentals for 4 year olds and up. Players must have already participated in a "Learn to Skate" (LTS) program to participate in our LTP division. Players will also be introduced to playing a cross-ice game. Season starts early October and ends with the Jamboree in late February. Our LTP will skate twice a week (Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons) all skates take place at the Dimond Center. Fee includes ice time, jersey, socks.
A three times a week program for 5 and 6 year-olds is designed to develop and hone each player’s fundamental skills and introduce the game of hockey. Players will practice twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and have a cross or half-ice game on Saturday mornings. Season will start early October and end with a jamboree in late February/ early March. Fee includes ice time, jersey, socks, and medal.
8U Mite (“White Division”) – A three times a week program for 7 and 8 year-olds is designed to develop and hone each player’s fundamental skills and introduce the game of hockey. Players will practice twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and have a cross or half-ice game on Saturday mornings. The season will start early October and end with a jamboree in late February/ early March. Fee includes ice time, jersey, socks, and medal.
8U Mite 8U (“Red Division”) – Our “Red” division is for our advanced 7 and 8 year-olds, the program is designed to challenge each player’s basic skills and make sure they are ready for 10U Squirt hockey. Players will skate three times a week, two practices usually Monday and Wednesday evening and have one half-ice game (4 vs 4 with goalies) on the weekend. Games will be scheduled against teams from other recreational programs in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley. Fee includes ice time, ref fees, jersey, socks, jamboree entry fees.
8U Red Evaluations
Monday, 8/12/19 5:45 to 6:45pm Dempsey Anderson 2 (DA2)
Tuesday, 8/13/19 5:45 to 6:45pm Dempsey Anderson 2 (DA2)
*Your child must 1st be registered with AHA's 8U White Division* to participate in our 8U Red evaluations. Advanced players will be placed in our 8U Red Program - additional fees apply for those players selected for and choosing to participate in our Red Program. Players not selected for the Red Program will be placed on White Level teams. Evaluation will be free of charge for all players registered with AHA for 2019-2020 season.
Try Hockey For Free Event
Saturday, September 7th
Little Dippers "Mite Night"
Wednesday, September 11th
*All division 1st skate will be added shortly, once we have received our ice from the Muni.
Our AHA's Little Dippers Program Information Sheet will help to describe all AHA’s Little Dipper Program and cost associated with each level.
Player Development Coordinator
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