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Welcome to the sport of hockey!
The fastest game on ice is thrilling to play and an excellent way to help your child  meet new friends and develop skills that will help them, not only on the ice, but in their daily life! 
Scroll down for resources and information that will help you quickly become acquainted with the Kensington Valley Hockey Association and the greatest game on earth - HOCKEY ! 
 
We would love to have you join our hockey family, please reach out to office@kvhockey.org with any questions! 

Kensington Valley Hockey Association (KVHA) is proud to serve Howell, Brighton, South Lyon, Milford, Hartland and the surrounding communities with over 50 hockey teams at Tier 2 & Tier 3 levels.  From Learn to Play Hockey up to 19U Girls and everything in between, we are one of, if not the largest association in the state with over 750 kids skating with our teams. We welcome you, whether you are brand new to the sport or at the top of your game, we have a place in our hockey family for you.

KVHA is a non-profit organization administering the youth hockey program that skates our of KVIH and HIH. We do not own or operate the Kensington Valley Ice House or Hartland Ice House.  The KVHA Office is located inside of the Kensington Valley Ice House (KVIH)

The KVHA and all of our teams are affiliates of and governed by the rules and policies set forth by USA Hockey and The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. 

For information on USA Hockey, its history and where they are today visit the following link: www.usahockey.com/page/show/836187-about

To Learn more about The Michigan Amateur Hockey Associaiton, please visit:  www.maha.org/page/show/1204692-about-maha

 

HELPFUL TIPS FOR NEW HOCKEY PARENTS

All hockey program participants must wear full hockey equipment  

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT HOCKEY EQUIPMENT

There is no need to push your child, success should be in stages, especially with children who are more reserved.   Bringing them to the rink and showing them around first is a great way to get acquainted.  Try open skating, sticks and pucks or skating on a pond.  Register for a Try Hockey event or a learn to skate class. The main thing is ICE TIME!   Once they start asking to come back for more, its time to progress to a Learn to Play Hockey class or even a Mini Mite/Mite team. 

Be patient and let your kids enjoy it at their own pace.  At the end of the day, it’s a game, and it’s supposed to be fun. It’s not about wins and losses, goals and assists, especially at the 8U/10U and recreational levels. Hopefully your child learns to love the game, makes lifelong friends and memories, and learns important lessons along the way.

In the words of the late Bob O’Connor, former USA Hockey national coach-in-chief:  “To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest of all. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 
Our programs are a success only because of the outstanding efforts of our volunteers.   We are always looking for help on and off the ice for this program. 
 
At minimum, our Learn to Play coaches must be registered with USA Hockey as a volunteer, have completed Safesport Training and a background screening 
 
The more coaches we have on the ice, the more that can be accomplished and the better support the players will receive. 
 
The more off ice volunteers we have will help teams organize events, tournaments, snacks, photos and more, allowing them to have more fun!!   If you are a parent who would like to get involved, please contact your team manager or the association. 
 
All volunteer positions are important, it takes a village and hockey is one giant family!   Learn how to run the score clock, organize a snack or fundraiser, take pictures and share them with the families!  All of those thing are appreciated and add to the memories!       

OUR HOCKEY PROGRAMS

KVHA Follows THE AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL (ADM)

USA Hockey introduced the American Developmental Model (ADM) after an extensive international study by USAH of educators, child development experts, coaches (from many different sports), physiologists and National Sports Federations.
The ADM goal is to provide a building block approach to developing athletes starting from the earliest stages of participation, thus increasing the athlete’s skill, enjoyment and proficiency.
 

The USA Hockey ADM is an all inclusive program starting from the U8, Learn to Play (LTP) levels all the way to elite athletes competing at the Professional level. The ADM also addresses improved coaching techniques and Referee development. This program includes on-ice, off-ice, in-season and off-season curriculum for producing a well balanced complete athlete. It defines what is to be emphasized at what age to ensure proper skill development for each age level. The ADM also defines how much and what kind of competition is needed at each level.   

For more information on the ADM Model and program visit their website and www.admkids.com.   You can also learn more by clicking here 

Try Hockey for Free is a great way for children & their families to come to the rink & experience the sport of hockey in a safe, supportive environment.   
No Skating or Hockey experience needed
Our events are for ages 3-10  
Hockey equipment is available to borrow for the full hockey experience!  
At minimum, all participants should dress warm in snow pants, jacket & gloves or mittens
Helmets are limited in number and sizes so if you do not have a hockey helmet, please bring your own bike helmet
Free rental skates also available

BIGGBY LITTLE REBELS LEARN TO PLAY

SKATING |  BASICS | FUN!
For ages 4 to 10      
Players must be able to skate unassisted
Full hockey gear is required  - FREE rental sets available 

BIGGBY 8 & Under PROGRAM

The Biggby 8U Program is a recreational in-house league following the USA Hockey American Development Model (half ice game play and station based practices)
Weekend Only Ice Times
Everyone who registers is placed on a team 
Pre Season skates in August
Regular season is from September to Mid-March
DEVELOPMENT | TEAMWORK | FUN   
 

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM for 9 & OLDER

The House program is a recreation league
Everyone who registers is drafted to a team 
Mostly Weekend ice times
Pre Season skates in August
Regular season is September to Mid-March
Teams Participate in the  Little Caesar's Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL) , which requires some travel.    

TRAVEL HOCKEY

For the more competitive player KVHA has
Tier 2 Travel teams for boys and girls  
Teams begin at the Squirt A|10U  level (ages 9-10) 
through Midget AA or 19U girls

What do the designations B, A, AA, and AAA mean?

At each youth hockey age group, there are three distinct classifications: B/BB, A/AA and AAA.
The single letter is the minor birth year
The double letter is the major birth year
 
B or BB (House|Tier 3) is a recreational level with the following requirements.
• No tryouts
• Everyone plays
• Teams are formed by drafts
• Teams are limited to the number of second year players on a team according to the MAHA formula
 
A or AA (Tier 2) is a competitive level with the following requirements.
• Teams are formed by tryouts
• Limited to players within their districts with a maximum of 3 players from outside their district (Midget classification is allowed 6 players out of district)
 
AAA (Tier 1) is a competitive level with the following requirements.
• This is a top level of play
• Teams are formed by tryouts
• Players can come from anywhere, even out of state 
 

AGE CLASSIFICATION

In addition to the level of play, there are divisions based on age

  • Learn to Play - age 3 through 10 
  • Mini Mite - age 5 & 6 
  • Mite - age 7 & 8 
  • Squirt - age 9 & 10| 
  • PeeWee - age 11 & 12 
  • Bantam - age 13 & 14 
  • Midget - age 15 through 18