WHETHER JUST BEGINNING OR HAVING PLAYED FOR YEARS ICE HOCKEY IS ONE OF THE COOLEST SPORTS FOR JUNIORS – FUN, EXCITING, FAST-PACED SPORT THAT BUILDS TEAM SKILLS AND RESILIENCE
Currently, Ice Hockey South Australia runs multiple ice hockey programs for Juniors aged 5-18 years of age. Programs cater for those of all abilities ranging from those just beginning to consider ice hockey as a sport to those who are much more experienced. Programs include:
A 6-week fun filled Come-and-Try Program for all potential players (male and female) aged 5-12 years of age who are welcome regardless of whether or not they have skated before.
Novice House League
Players aged 5 – 9 years of age play non-contact ice hockey. Novice Hockey runs both Summer and Winter Seasons. In Summer (November/December & February), Novice play 3 on 3 Pond Hockey, Thursday nights 7-8pm. In Winter (April to October), Novice trainings are held Thursday nights 5.30pm-6.45pm, and games are held Sunday mornings 8.00am-10.00am.
Pee Wee House League
Players aged 10 – 13 years of age play non-contact ice hockey. Pee Wee Hockey runs both Summer and Winter Seasons. In Summer (November/December & February), Pee Wees play 3 on 3 Pond Hockey, Thursday nights 7-8pm. In Winter (April to October), Pee Wee trainings are held Thursday nights 5.45pm-7.00pm, and games are held Sunday mornings 8.30am-10.45am.
Bantam House League
Players aged 13 – 16 years of age play contact ice hockey. Bantam Hockey runs both Summer and Winter Seasons. In Summer, Bantams play Summer Shinny Hockey, Thursday nights. In Winter (April to October), Bantam trainings are held Thursday nights 7pm-8.15pm and games are held Sunday mornings 10am-11am.
State Team Selection
Players aged 7-18 years of age are eligible to try out for State Team selection to represent South Australia at the annual National Championships.
The age groups are as follows:
- John McCrae Williamson Jamboree – 7-11 Years
- Phil Ginsberg - 13 Years and Under
- Kurt De Fris - 15 Years and Under
- Syd Tange – 18 Years and Under
Players of all age ranges are offered other development opportunities throughout the year including Technical Skating Sessions, Shooting Skills Development, Goalie Development, Rules Knowledge and Off-Ice Training.