The U8 program is a recreational program for 4 – 8 year olds. Players do not need to know how to skate before starting, however, many participate in the Learn to Skate programs offered through Helena Figure Skating Club prior to or during the hockey season. Players are split into Termites and Mites. Termites are 4 – 6 year olds and anyone under 8 who is new to skating. Mites are 7 – 8 year olds who can already skate and stop. All U8 players have three ice sessions per week – two practices during the week and one scrimmage on the weekend. There are also several optional travel tournaments that players can register for at an additional cost. Traditionally the HAYHA U8 program hosts a U8 Festival which brings over 250 players and their families from across the state for a weekend of jamboree games and fun. Each U8 family is required to volunteer during the U8 festival.
The season is split into two sessions. The first session runs mid-October through mid-December. The second session runs January through mid-March. Players are required to sign up for both but have the option to drop out of the second session should they choose to do so in December. Players who choose to drop out of second session by the given deadline will be refunded their second session fee. Also, players who would rather wait and start in January, can sign up for second session in December. Parents volunteer as coaches, equipment managers, locker room monitors and team managers.
For more information, call or email your U8 Board Rep.