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Squirt Information (10U)


USA Hockey's American Development Model

Learn To Train
Ages 8-11 Female
Ages 9-12 Male

This is the period of accelerated learning of coordination and fine motor control and is the critical stage for the acquisition of hockey skills. Prior to the beginning of the growth spurt, players have the best opportunity to learn and begin to master fine motor skills that can be used in combination with other skills. In most cases what is learned or not learned in this stage will have a very significant effect on the level of play that is achieved later on. Players should be able to begin to transfer skills and concepts from practices to games. Group interaction, team building and social activities should be emphasized. A balance of practices and games will promote the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills.

10 & Under (Squirts):

95-100 ice sessions
3-4 on-ice/2 off-ice sessions/ week
60 minute ice sessions
10-12 skaters and 1 goalie
75-80 quality practices
20-25 game days