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Program Name: NFHL 8U Program
Months of Program:October to March
Birth Years for 2017 - 2018 Season: 2009 and 2010
2017 - 2018 Season Cost: $560 (tournaments and round robin games are not included)
Ice Time Per Week (on average):1-2 (60 min.) practices, two optional tournaments (typically in Jan and March) and additional optional round-robin games. Practices are normally on the weeknights, but some weekend practices will be scheduled where possible.
Description: Players on the 8U team will be entered into optional tournaments; tournaments are not included in the regular season cost. We normally play in the Freedom Tournament (in Huntsville, AL) in mid January and the Country and Western Tournament (in Nashville, TN) in March. Each tournament typically allows the players to play in four competitive games. At the 8U level, USA Hockey has decided that teams will play cross ice.
We are looking to increase the amount of competitive games that all the kids have the opportunity to play. We've looked at travel leagues, joining house leagues in the Orlando area, and a number of other options. After weighing the pros and cons of each option, while trying to grow the league smartly, we have settled on trying to try to add some round-robin type weekends. What this means is that we are going to attempt to get "friendly" weekends for all our divisions. Our goal for this year is to get 3-4 friendly weekends, and couple that with 2-3 tournaments. Our goal is to increase the number of competitive games while keeping travel to a minimum (once a month or less).
Practices are held at the Pensacola Bay Center between mid October and March. Most weeks the players will have two scheduled practices. However, we are subject to ice availability and the Bay Center schedule, so there may be weeks without any practices. Most of our practices will be split with other divisions. Our practices consist of skills and drills, with scrimmages pieced in when appropriate. Teams consist of between 12 and 15 skaters, plus a goalie. Players at the 8U level will be rotated into different positions throughout the year to start understanding positioning, skills, and teamwork on all areas of the ice.
The primary objective for the 8U program is to develop each player's skating ability and comfort level while carrying the puck.