Overview (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)


The Mite program is designed specifically for 5 year olds who may have played some hockey or at a minimum can skate and for 6 year olds. As the UMHA is an OMHA Initiation Program certified centre, there is a strong emphasis on skills development in this division.

General Mite Division Framework

  • Players are evaluated according to ability at skills evaluations held at the start of the season.
  • Players are divided into four skills groups (Red-A, Blue-B, Green-C or Yellow-D) based on these skills evaluations.
  • Players participate in two weekly one-hour, on-ice sessions during the season. Schedules are provided at the start of the season.
  • One of the on-ice sessions is a skills development practice. These practices are by skills group rather than by team and are led by the UMHA’s Initiation Program Technical Director. Initiation Program Lesson Plans are followed.
  • There are a number of weekly practice hours for this division and each skills group rotates through the time slots available.
  • Players are also placed on a team at the start of the season. All teams are put together by a computer program so as to be as balanced as possible.
  • Each team plays a game once a week.
  • There are a number of game times available for this division each week and each team rotates through the time slots available.
  • Prior to the start of each game, a skills review session led by the head and assistant coaches of the two teams participating takes place.
  • Games are played on half-ice with dividing boards in place at centre ice.
  • The A (Red) and B (Blue) players play on one half of the ice in a 3-on-3 format and the C (Green) and D (Yellow) players play on the other side in a 4-on-4 format.
  • Each team dresses 2 goalies for each game with one from the A (Red) or B (Blue) line and the other from the C (Green) or D (Yellow) line as determined by the schedule.
  • Games are between 32 and 40 minutes long. Shifts are 2 minutes in length and determined by a buzzer.
  • Scores are not kept.
  • Although there are paid instructors at the practice sessions, it is expected that head and assistant coaches will be available to assist the skills instructors on the ice at each practice.

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