The Reading Royals Youth League will be instructional for both the players and parents and will be focused on sportsmanship, equal playing time, and friendly competition.
The in-house development model suits the hockey community that we are looking to build and sustain.
To help with the “burnout” crisis in youth hockey – where kids are spending more time traveling to an event than actually playing, our program is built so athletes get the most out of their commitment. Offering our athletes, a manageable commitment level (2 ice slots/week—1 practice, 1 game) will allow for a healthy hockey/life balance. This will also promote long-term development and enjoyment of the game.
The end goal is that every player learns, loves, and continues to play for many years to come!
IDEAL FOR THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES:
- The family that doesn’t want to commit full-time (5 days a week)
- The family that wants their child involved in multiple extracurricular activities
- The family that is just getting started in youth hockey
- The family that doesn’t want the financial burden of a travel program
We are excited to offer the following options for the 2020-2021 season
CROSS ICE LEAGUE
(U6 and beginner U8)
This league is designed for players that are transitioning from our Learn To Play program. For those that would like to test their skills with in-game experience, this format is hockey in its purest form! We will allow our players to have fun and figure things out for themselves in a very open and unrestrictive pond hockey format. This will be very enjoyable to watch for family and friends.
HALF ICE LEAGUE
(U8 and beginner U10)
This league offers more structure in gameplay and rules. The benefits of half-ice for young players include more touches of the puck, shots on net, and passes. Because of the smaller playing surface, players are closer to the puck at all times. This forces players to make quicker decisions due to the lack of time and space. This format stresses the importance of puck possession, wanting to have the puck, and wanting to get it back quickly when the other team has it.
FULL ICE LEAGUE
(U10, U12 and U14)
Everything starts to come together in full ice play. Team concepts take the forefront. Players will be taught how to play 5 on 5 hockey and the responsibilities of each position. They will learn to make good decisions with and without the puck in all 3 zones: offensive, defensive and neutral. Understanding the notions of time and space, players will practice using the space available to them and learn how to create options with individual skill, puck support, and awareness.
2021-2022 Season Age Classifications
USA Hockey Playing Season: September 1, 2021 thru August 31, 2022
No USAH registration fee 2015 and younger (6 & Under)
|DATE OF BIRTH||AGE CATEGORY||AGE DIVISION|
|2005||16 Years||16 & Under (Midget)|
|2006||15 Years||16 & Under (Midget)|
|2007||14 Years||14 or Under (Bantam)|
|2008||13 Years||14 or Under (Bantam)|
|2009||12 Years||12 or Under (Pee Wee)|
|2010||11 Years||12 or Under (Pee Wee)|
|2011||10 Years||10 or Under (Squirt)|
|2012||9 Years||10 or Under (Squirt)|
|2013||8 Years||8 or Under (Mite)|
|2014||7 Years||8 or Under (Mite)|
Join as a player, coach, referee, or volunteer. This is required to participate in all Reading Royals Youth Hockey Association programs.
USA Hockey American Developmental Model
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