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|