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High School Teams

High School

NMAHA will be fielding a Varsity and Junior Varsity team for the 2019-2020 season.  NMAHA's High School teams operate as Cougars Hockey at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level.  These teams are made up of players from various schools (8th graders can participate at the JV level)  located in Rio Rancho and West Albuquerque.

The high school season runs from October through the beginning of March. Some out of state travel is required. This season teams will travel to Amarillo, Durango, Telluride and Los Alamos. 

Each team will play a 20 game regular season schedule along with a Mid-Season Showcase (3-4 games) in January.  At the end of the regular season there will be a league tournament (YET) to determine a league championship for both Varsity and JV.  The top 6 teams at each level will advance to the tournament and compete for a championship. 

USA Hockey's American Development Model

Train To Train

Ages 11-15 Female
Ages 12-16 Male

The focus of this stage is to further develop sports specific skills, begin to introduce competition, and start to emphasize support training to continue development of speed, strength and stamina while maintaining flexibility. Players should consolidate sport specific technical skills with an increased emphasis on hockey and a reduction in the number of other sports played. A continued emphasis is also placed on the development of individual and group tactics. Social and emotional considerations are addressed by placing an emphasis on team-building, group interaction and social activities. 

16 & Under (Midget):

  • 160 ice sessions
  • 4-5 ice sessions per week
  • 80 minute ice sessions Combined and separate practices for team/position 9 month training calendar
  • 16 skaters and 2 goalies
  • 120-130 quality practices
  • 40-50 games
  • Appropriate off-ice training for LTAD stage

USA Hockey's American Development Model

Learn To Compete

Ages 15-18 Female
Ages 16-18 Male

This is the time to prepare athletes for the competitive environment, continue to refine technical skills, ancillary skills and develop the physical attributes. The focus is on optimizing fitness preparation and to begin to specialize in ice hockey. Training should be individualized to the athlete’s particular needs in skill development, mental preparation, fitness and recovery. During this stage, training volume will increase, as does training intensity. Competitions become more important and the focus shifts to performance. Training will stress the development of position specific technical and tactical skills under competitive conditions. Mental skills that contribute to performance are also emphasized.

18 & Under (Midget) & 19 & Under (Female):

  • 200 ice sessions
  • 5-6 ice sessions per week
  • 80 minute ice sessions Combined and separate practices for team/position 10 month training calendar
  • 18 skaters and 2 goalies
  • 130-140 quality practices
  • 50-60 games
  • Appropriate off-ice training for LTAD stage