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Squirts is the next division after Mites and may be your 10 year old and younger player's first experience playing full ice hockey

Full hockey equipment, including mouth and neck guard are required to participate

The Pre-Season begins at the end of July, early August, with the draft and first team skate before Labor day   

Our Squirt teams consist of 14 to 16 players

  The hockey season ends Mid-March

Our Squirt teams play in either a KVHA in-house league or the Little Caesars Youth Hockey League
if we have 4 or more teams, we will host an in-house league, if we have 3 or less teams, they will play LCAHL 
 

 Instead of all shared practices, Squirt teams also receive their own solo practice ice  

Teams skate twice per week on weekends and have a 3rd sheet on weekdays  every other week.   

Ice times are 50 or 65 minutes - sometimes 80 minutes

 
Beginning in September, there is a monthly ice fee that is separate from the initial registration fee $196*/month for Squirts
The monthly ice fee is paid September through February

There will be a separate registration to set up your monthly ice payment via sportsengine.   This is available mid August.
 
~OUT OF DISTRICT SPOTS ~
KVHA is located in MAHA's District 4.  Primarily our players reside in District 4 and there are rules for Out of District Players. 
Every Bantam and younger Team is only allowed 3 Out of District Players.    
There are no guarantees that we can place Out of District players
You can learn more here
https://www.kvhockey.org/exceptions
If you are Out of District but your home is located closer to KVHA or HIH on google maps than your in-district rink, you may qualify for an in-district spot.  
 
Please email office@kvhockey,org if you have more questions or would like additional information. 
We have a great program at KV and hope that you consider joining our hockey family.  
 
Parent coaches are welcome and needed on the ice to help run the skates.  All participants must be registered with USA Hockey and complete the necessary coaching modules.   
Everyone on the ice must wear a helmet!
 
*costs listed here are from the current season and are subject to change every season. 

Season Timing

June 1 - KVHA registration for the Fall/Winter season opens
All players must be registered to be placed on a team   
  • June 1 thru June 30 $195* -  Early registration
  • July 1 thru July 31 $245
  • August 1 or later $295
    • Registration fees cover many things including your player jerseys and socks 
End of July -  Conditioning Skates: These are basic skill skates to help players get acclimated, make sure their equipment fits and are all about about having fun! 
Beginning  to mid -August - Evaluation Skates:   Players are given one overall rating based on the skill level of the kids to ensure that we do not have a stacked team.   

Before Labor Day - First Team skate:  After evaluations, teams are drafted by the coaches, players receive team assignments and ice schedules through Sept 

September 1 - First Ice Payment due

Mid-September - the schedule for October through March will be posted and sent.  

*costs listed here are from the current season and are subject to change every season.

 

LCAHL AND DISTRICT PLAY

The LCAHL season structure is as follows.

Late July - Early August - LCAHL League Team Registration opens

September and October  Scrimmages

October to January- LCAHL Regular Season
January and February - LCAHL 1st Round Playoffs
March - LCAHL Championship weekends (dates vary by division and locations vary)

 

MAHA Districts and State Tournament dates

In addition to league play, KVHA is allowed to send two teams per division to participate in MAHA District pay for a chance to go to the MAHA State Tournament!

January - First Round District Games
Last weekend in January or 1st weekend in February - Second Round of Districts (locations vary)
Superbowl weekend – District 4 Hockey Day/weekend    
Mid February - MAHA runners up Playoffs  

End of February into March - State Championship (dates vary by division and are held at several locations throughout Michigan).

PRESEASON CONDTIONING AND EVALUATION SKATES

We begin the house pre-season with a series of conditioning and skills skates to prepare for the House Evaluations skates leading up to the formation teams at the end of August. The conditioning skates are provided by the association for your child’s benefit and are included in the cost of your yearly registration fees. They are for players to shake off rust, realize that they have outgrown equipment, or just be more comfortable going into the evaluation skates. The drills in these skates are similar to those in the evaluation skates.

Registered players may come to as many of these skates as they are able to attend!

Our player evaluation skates are where we assess player skill level to create a fair and impartial draft of teams resulting in an even playing field across our program.   Squirt players are given one overall rating primarily considering the following attributes or skills: 

  • Skating overall including backward  
  • Stopping, balance and getting up
  • Basic Stick and Puck 
  • Enthusiasm/Attention Span
  • Positioning /Play making
  • Team player

Registered Players are encouraged to attend as many of these skates as possible. Those players who miss evaluations skates will not be included in the draft. These players will be assigned to teams at the end of the draft based on their registration date, continuing in line with the team order used in the draft. If there is a rating from a prior season, this will also be reviewed to determine the best fit. We  "draft" our Squirt teams based on the skill level of the kids to ensure that we do not have a stacked team.

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