8U Program

Hyland Hills Hockey Association offers premier 8U development program for the beginning and up-and-coming hockey player.  We follow the recommended USA Hockey's American Development Model where we offer three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Beginners will have ice twice on the weekends, Intermediate will have ice 3 touches per week and Advanced will have ice 4 touches.

How long is a season?

The 8U season begins in October with teams placement in November.  The season runs into the first week of March.

What equipment is needed?

Full protective equipment is required to play ice hockey which includes:

  • Helmet (HECC certified)
  • Shoulder and Chest Protector
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Cup or Pelvic Protector
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Socks
  • Hockey Skates
  • Stick


Playing the game is fun.  We strive to mix in age-appropriate training and practice with skills and athleticism introduction, kids will have even more fun.  To keep it fun, we place low priority on winning and losing and a high priority placed on just introducing the game to kid eager to learn.


Once a kid learns to play the game and begins to develop skills and athleticism, hockey starts to take priority among other activities.  Skills become more refined, their physical and mental makeup is stronger and the friendships they developed early on continue to grow.  The games become more important and hockey in general becomes a bigger part of their life.


Now that they play and love the game, a higher premium is placed on excelling at it.  Tougher competition and more of a focus on mastering skills play an increased role in their development.