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Reston Raiders Mite House

The Raiders expect to field 10 Mite House teams in two different divisions during the season.  Four teams will participate in the Campbell Division and six in the Patrick Division.  The Campbell Division generally will be comprised of older, more experienced players, including Mite Blue and Silver travel players, while the Patrick Division will be comprised of younger and less experienced players, including players rising from the Club’s Initiation Program.  The division in which a player will play during the season will be determined following Mite evaluation practices, which take place at the beginning of the season.  During the first few weeks of the season, players may be assigned to different teams and different divisions as coaches attempt to create balanced teams and place players in the division that provides them with the best opportunity to improve their skills. 

The coaches and evaluators will recommend a player play in either the Campbell or Patrick Division based on which division would provide that player with the best opportunity to develop his or her skills.  The goals are to ensure that players receive the most appropriate age-level and skill-level instruction, to maximize the number of “touches” on the puck the player will experience in practice and in games and to provide the optimum game and practice environment for that player not only to develop his or her hockey skills, but also to have fun and enjoy the game of hockey. 

Practices:

Campbell Division teams and Patrick Division teams will share practice ice during the season.  Practices generally will be station-based and follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), as players will rotate through stations with players of similar skill and experience as well as players on their team.  Coaches may structure some practices so that each team on the ice conducts drills, including cross ice games, only with their team. 

Practices will take place once a week on Monday evenings and will be 50-60 minutes in length. 

Games:

Campbell Division:  The Campbell Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 half-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink.  During games, coaches will attempt to match lines so that players of similar experience and skill play against each other.  Coaches may swap players from their teams in order to help ensure a competitive environment that optimizes skill development.  Coaches also may swap players to create even numbered teams in case one team is missing several of its players. 

 

Patrick Division: The Patrick Division teams will play 3vs3 or 4vs4 cross-ice games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, including some games at Reston Town Center’s outdoor rink.  During games, coaches will attempt to match lines so that players of similar experience and skill play against each other.  Coaches may swap players from their teams in order to help ensure a competitive environment that optimizes skill development.  Coaches also may swap players to create even numbered teams in case one team is missing several of its players.