In our Junior Eagles Under 8 (U8) program the primary focus is on developing fundamentals, such as skating, stopping, starting, stick handling, passing and shooting. Without a solid fundamental base to build from, the game of hockey can be very difficult so players can expect the majority of ice time being spent on the above mentioned fundamentals.
Under 8* program is for children born in 2015 or younger. We have a beginner in house program (Red High and Red Low Group) for kids that have taken a formal learn to skate program and have some experience on skates but are new to the game of hockey. Typically this group consists of kids younger than the age of 6. With that said though a 7 or even 8 year old child that is new to the game of hockey may be placed in the Red Group if that is where the coaches feel your child is best suited.
We also offer intermediate (Yellow Group) and advanced (Blue Group) in house programs for those children that are comfortable on their skates and have played hockey before. Typically this level is for children that are 6 years of age and older. Again, if there were a child younger than 6 that the coaches felt would be more challenged by skating in the Yellow or Blue Group we would move that child up.
Be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about youth hockey at NCYH.
* For the 2023-24 Season