New in 2021, our 6U prep team is an additional opportunity for kids in our Intro to Hockey Doodle Bugs program who show an aptitude for the game and want to play more hockey.
The program is designed to help our youngest players advance their skills while playing in a fun and competitive team setting, preparing them to play at the highest levels as they grow in the Jr. Amerks program.
The 6U prep team is assembled early in the season, after coaches evaluate players in our DoodleBugs Level 1 and Level 2 programs and identify those who are ready for a higher level of play. The team consists of 10-15 players, plus a head coach and assistant coaches.
The 6U prep team will have regular team practices on Sundays throughout the season. The team will also play games against other Jr. Amerks teams and participate in jamborees and tournaments in the Rochester area.
Research from USA Hockey shows that our youth players are in their optimum “window of trainability,” so our program will focus on skill development. Our player development program is specifically designed to utilize age appropriate training systems and techniques to help our players maximize their full athletic potential with an emphasis on skating, speed and agility, puck control, shooting, and passing. In addition, we encourage creativity and nurture the players’ developing “hockey sense” through a variety of drills and small-area games that transfer to real game situations.