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U8

The Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 program teaches the fundamentals of hockey skating and playing skills through combined participation in our Learn to Skate/Play Hockey program and Jr. Pioneers Hockey. Participants complete the Learn to Skate/Play Hockey Hockey Skating 1 and 2 classes before entering the U8 program.

Jr. Pioneers Hockey’s U8 program is divided into three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) in following USA Hockey’s American Development Model. Players may be moved between levels to suit the player’s ability, as recommended by the coaches.

Participants must meet the age requirement (ages 8 and under) to participate in the U8 program. Players are generally between the ages of 4-8.

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U8 Beginner

The U8 Beginner Program consists of two different programs: an eight-week skating program (completed through the Learn to Skate/Play Hockey program) and a season-long hockey program.

U8 Beginner Eight-Week Program

The Eight-Week program, formerly known as Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team, is for players looking for a smaller time commitment and follows the Learn to Skate/Play Hockey series schedule. Players practice for 30 minutes, once a week for eight weeks. Practices are held Mondays or Wednesdays from 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $120

U8 Beginner Hockey Season Program

The Hockey Season program is for players looking for more time on the ice and following a more traditional hockey season schedule. Players practice for the length of the hockey season (October through mid-March). Players receive a jersey and hockey socks.

  • Practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays (5:00-5:30 p.m.) and Sundays (8:00-9:00 a.m.). Attendance is required at all three practices. (The practice schedule is subject to change based on University events.)
  • Off-ice training will also be held for one hour every week.

Players will compete at two Jamborees, as well as additional Friendlies throughout the season. Jamborees and Friendlies are included in the season cost.

Cost: $1,295/season (prorated if players join mid-season)

U8 Intermediate

Players practice for the length of the hockey season (October through mid-March). Players receive a jersey and hockey socks.

  • Practices are generally held Mondays (5:45-6:30 p.m.), Wednesdays (5:45-6:30 p.m.) and Sundays (9:15-10:15 a.m.). Attendance is required at all three practices. (The practice schedule is subject to change based on University events.)
  • Off-ice training will also be held for one hour every week.

Players will compete at two Jamborees, as well as additional Friendlies throughout the season. Jamborees and Friendlies are included in the season cost.

Cost: $1,295/season

U8 Advanced

Players practice for the length of the hockey season (October through mid-March). Players receive a jersey and hockey socks.

  • Practices are generally held Mondays (5:00-5:45 p.m.), Wednesdays (5:00-5:45 p.m.) and Sundays (10:30-11:30 a.m.). Attendance is required at all three practices. (The practice schedule is subject to change based on University events.)
  • Off-ice training will also be held for one hour every week.
  • Beginning in January, players will begin to learn the full-ice game and participate in full-ice Friendlies.

Players will compete at one Jamboree, as well as additional Friendlies throughout the season. Jamboree and Friendlies are included in the season cost.

Cost: $1,385/season

U8 Coaches

U8 Head Coach: Chris Delaney

coachchrisu8@yahoo.com

U8 Lead Manager: Rob O’Connor

roboconnor@rocketmail.com

Additional Program Information

For additional information about U8 beginner hockey, please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388, or shawn.reid@du.edu.

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