For any questions regarding the Davis County Youth Hockey Association (DCYHA) Mite Division, please contact the Mite Director or the DCYHA Coaching Director.
The 2020-2021 DCYHA Mite Division (8U) is open to boys and girls born in 2012 and 2013. Younger children may only be moved up into the 8 & Under Division with coach and DCYHA Division Director approval provided they have played at least one year in the 6 & Under division, and are invited to do so by the coaches after the first month of practices. Parents may NOT register children born after 2013 or later for the Mite division preseason.
To register, All players must be registered with USA Hockey and the Davis County Youth Hockey Association before they will be allowed on the ice. This policy is STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Annual Registration Fees
The DCYHA Player Registration fee for the Mite 2020-2021 Season is $250.
The USA Hockey registration fee is required and must be completed prior to completing the DCYHA annual season registration. The USA Hockey membership registration fee is approximately $56 for the 2020-21 hockey season.
Team Game Jerseys/Socks
Mite players are required to have light (home) and dark (away) jerseys and one pair of game socks. Jersey's cost $50 each, and socks are $10/pair and sold by DCYHA. Jerseys and socks are available for purchase during the online registration process. Please note that the jerseys are made with your child's name and number, and that they need only be replaced when outgrown.
Selection of Teams
After a few practices, the coaches will hold a draft to assign players to teams. In the Mite Division, teams typically play at the same location on the same day as games are cross-ice. Special requests for keeping siblings and carpool families together are allowed where possible.
The season starts approximately mid-September or early October, and typically concludes at the first week in March. It consists of approximately 40 hours of total ice time. The 8 & Under/Mite Division players get approximately two hours of ice time per week. Mite players practice most Fridays at 5:45 PM and games are on most Saturdays. Schedules for both practices and games will be posted on the DCYHA website team page. Parents are encouraged to link their electronic calendar with the DCYHA calendar and check the site routinely for schedule changes. Team Managers can be contacted via email/phone located on the team webpage.
Team Managers are recruited to assist the coaching staff with the following: paperwork, signups, parent communication, etc. The DCYHA Director of Team Managers will provide training throughout the season. Team Managers will be asked to assist the Association with the recruitment of volunteers to help with fundraisers, the Annual Iron Cup Tournament and the hosting of Association events.
Cross Ice Games
DCYHA adopted the American Development Model (ADM) for its 8 & Under/Mite program several years ago. Under the ADM, 8 & Under Division players are introduced to cross-ice hockey games. Cross-ice games have been found to be very effective for teaching hockey skills to Mite age players. The kids also enjoy more puck touches, more passing, more shooting, more goals. The 8 & Under Division games are played with intermediate or full-sized nets and goalies.
DCYHA has adopted USA Hockey's recommendation that players not specialize in the goalie position in the 8 & Under/Mite division. As such, all 8 & Under/Mite players will take turns playing goalie. Every child will see the goalie position at least once during the season.
Most seasons the DCYHA 8 & Under/Mite players will participate in a recreational-level 8 & Under cross-ice tournament. The fee for this tournament is included in your player's annual DCYHA registration fee.
There may be other tournaments throughout the season. Participation in these additional tournaments is at the discretion of the DCYHA Board of Directors, DCYHA coaches and families. If your child is invited to participate in a tournament and you choose to do so, there will be additional fees due from each participant for these extra tournaments. Participation is optional.
If you are interested in coaching an 8 & Under/Mite team, please complete the coaching registration found on the DCYHA website. Contact the 8 & Under/Mite Division Director or the DCYHA Director of Hockey. All coaches must go through background screening, USA Hockey Safe Sport Training, USA Hockey certification training, have completed the Mite (8U) age-specific coaching module, have read and agreed to the USA Hockey and DCYHA Coaches Code of Conduct Agreement and have registered as a Coach with the DCYHA online registration system. Mite coaches may coach with an expired certification of any level, but the Mite age-specific module and the other requirements noted above must be successfully completed to be eligible to for participation as a DCYHA Coach.