Mighty Mites

The DYHA Mighty Mite program consists of 6 year olds and continues the focus on skill development with more advanced skating and stick instruction provided in USA Hockey ADM (Advanced Development Model) station based practices. Players will continue to hone their basic skating mechanics, both forward and backward and transitions, while also working to improve their agility, balance and speed/quickness. 

Small area games are used to foster creativity and quick decisions and weekend cross ice play begins the introduction to basic full ice game tactics and concepts. A 4v4 cross-ice opportunity on the weekend allows your player to foster their creativity while continuing to hone their skating and stick skills in a mini-game like format. Players will also rotate playing goalie week to week.

Program Details

Mighty Mites is a TEAM based format typically consisting of 8 to 10 teams of 10-12 players each. Players join a team for practices during the week and then compete against other Mighty Mite teams in cross ice games on the weekend. The focus of the weekday practice is on individual skill attainment while the weekends help instruct players on game play basics so that your hockey player is ready to move to the DYHA Mite House or Travel programs in the coming year.  

Weekday practices are led by DYHA Coaches. Our coaches have many years of coaching experience and will teach your player the basics of skating and ice hockey skills by utilizing drills and small area games in a fun but challenging environment.  

During the weekends, games for the Mighty Mites will follow USA Hockey’s American Development Model (“ADM”) which emphasizes cross-ice play to maximize ice time and puck touches for all players. Volunteer parent coaches are "behind the bench" to provide basic game instruction and manage the cross-ice games with each team having parents who volunteer as Head Coach and Assistant Coach. DYHA has a number of experienced parent coaches that played the game at a high level and are eager to give back to the game they love while also being a fundamental part of their young player's hockey development.


Players born in 2018 are eligible for the Mighty Mites program.

This program is not a Learn-to-Skate, but rather the next step in your Hockey Player's development after an introduction to hockey.


Practices held on Friday afternoons and games (all vs other DYHA Mighty Mite teams) held Saturday mornings.

The season runs from mid-October through early March.


All practices and games are held at DYHA's home rink:

Stamford Twin Rinks

1063 Hope St., Stamford, CT 06907


Cost for the entire 2024-2025 Season is $1100.


Registration for the 2024-2025 Season is open. 

Mighty Mite Registrants do not need to join the DYHA waitlist. 

Eligibility: 2018 Birth year players 

Schedule: Practices held on Friday afternoons and games (all vs other DYHA Mighty Mite teams) held Saturday mornings

Season goes from mid-October through early March

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