Youth Hockey

The 6U & 8U Mites programs focus on learning to skate and play in a fun environment. Kids are grouped by age and skill into Red, White and Blue teams. Mites play cross-ice and half-ice games.

10U (starting age nine) begins full-ice youth hockey. Emphasis remains on skills development and player growth in a positive environment.

6U Mini-Mites

6U Mini-Mites are typically 5 or 6-year-olds and/or first-year skaters working on basic skating and stickhandling skills.

8U Mites

8U Mites are generally 7 and 8-year-olds continuing their development in skating and stickhandling while also gaining awareness of team play.

10U Squirts

The 10U (Squirts) division is for skaters aged 9-10 and offers co-ed teams at varying skill levels to develop all players while introducing full-ice hockey

12U Pee Wees

The 12U (Pee Wees) is for co-ed skaters aged 11-12. Play becomes more competitive and skills sharpened.

14U Bantams

The 14U (Bantams) division is for ages 13-14. At this level body checking is allowed. Players may move on to our co-op high school program after Bantams (or if enrolled in a participating high school).

Ages

Player birth year determines age (compared to year the season starts).


  • 6U Mini-Mites - 5 (2017) or 6 (2016)
  • 8U Mites - 7 (2015) or 8 (2014)
  • 10U Squirts - 9 (2013) or 10 (2012)
  • 12U Pee Wees - 11 (2011) or 12 (2010)
  • 14U Bantams - 13 (2009) or 14 (2008)

When

Practices will typically begin in early October. Games are usually played starting in the first weekend of November. Teams will compete in regionals games and tournaments until mid-March.

Where

Practices and home games are held at the Manitowoc County Ice Center. Road games can range from Milwaukee to Marinette and anywhere in between. Travel tournaments may be further.

Practices

Practices will typically begin in early October. There will be evaluation sessions after two weeks, at which point players will be assigned to teams based on skill level.

Teams will have two practices per week. If there is ice availability, teams may hold optional extra sessions.

For 10U and older, there are also off-ice (aka dryland) sessions held, typically before or after one of the regular practices. These sessions work on conditioning, strength, and flexibility.

Games

Teams usually play 40-50 games per season, typically 1-2 games per weekend with occasional double-header.

There are usually 1-2 tournaments during the season that may involve overnight stays.

Jerseys

Players 10U and above will need to purchase a set of home and away Manitowoc Breakers jerseys with their name and chosen number (number depends on availability in the age group).

8U Mites will only need to purchase a nameplate.

Ordering is coordinated through the MCYHA.

Extra Costs

In addition to the registration fee collected at initial registration, there are fees for travel tournaments that will be collected by the team managers. There may be additional fees for things such as team bonding events, however these events are not required.

Frequently Asked Questions

TBD

Let us know if you have any questions!

2022-23

Registration will open on July 1, 2022.

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