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Which Program Is The Right One?

The chart below should be considered a guideline to help you place your player in the correct program.  It is the goal of Jr. Amerks is to place players on teams of similar skill levels.  Optimum player development occurs when similar players are practicing and playing together.

For children just getting started or early in their hockey careers, our Doodlebugs Learn-to-play program is a fantastic option.

In the House program, teams are categorized as Red, White or Blue.  Tryouts are held for the Red teams.  For White and Blue teams, registration typically opens in late April/early May.  Players are evaluated in September through a series of drills and then selected by coaches of the appropriate White/Blue team.

Each individual Jr. Amerks program places players according to their skill level.  In the Travel Program teams are categorized as Tier I or AAA, Tier II or AA.  These teams represent a progression of skills from highest to lowest respectively.

For players who have no hockey experience check out our "How To Get Started" page.


Birth Year Age on 12/31/2021 Just Starting Hockey Has Basic Hockey Skills Has Advanced Hockey Skills
2017 4 DoodleBugs Level 1 DoodleBugs Level 1 DoodleBugs Level 2
2016 5 DoodleBugs Level 1 DoodleBugs Level 1 DoodleBugs Level 2 + Prep Team
2015 6 DoodleBugs Level 1 DoodleBugs Level 2 DoodleBugs Level 2 + Prep Team
2014 7 DoodleBugs Level 1 8U White & Blue (Mites) 8U White & Blue (Mites)
2013 8 DoodleBugs Level 1 8U White & Blue (Mites) 8U White or Red (Mites)
2012 9 House - Overage Beginners House - 10U (Squirt) Travel 9U or House 10U Red
2011 10 House - Overage Beginners House - 10U (Squirt) Travel 10U or House 10U Red
2010 11 House - Overage Beginners House - 12U (Peewee) Travel 11U or House 12U Red
2009 12 House - Overage Beginners House - 12U (Peewee) Travel 12U or House 12U Red
2008 13 House - Overage Beginners House - 14U (Bantam) Travel 13U or House 14U Red
2007 14 House - Overage Beginners House - 14U (Bantam) Travel 14U or House 14U Red
2006 & 2005 15, 16 House - Overage Beginners House - 18U (Midget) Travel 15U or 16U
2004 & 2003 17, 18 N/A House - 18U (Midget) Travel 18U