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Spring House Program

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Overview

Wilmette Tribe Mite House Spring League is for players aged 4-8 (birth year 2012 and younger).  We offer a Devo and Mite House League.

For our Mite Spring Travel program, please visit our Spring League page. If your player is birth year 2011 or older, they are now considered Squirts. Please visit the Wilmette Braves Hockey Club for Squirts and other youth leagues.

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club’s goal is for young hockey players to develop a foundation of skills and love for the game so they play for a lifetime.  Hockey is a game of skill AND passion.  Wilmette Tribe club members come to the rink with energy and an edge that let's everyone know--they are a hockey player and they love the game!

Key Features of Wilmette Tribe House Spring Program

  • Saturday Player Development to develops skills, speed and hockey sense so players take their game to the next level

  • Sunday Games on the Studio Ice.

Program Levels and Age Groups

Spring is a great time to continue to develop your players skills.  Or, for newer players its a great time to get an introduction to Team Hockey so they are prepared for the Fall leagues.

Birth Year 2011:  These players are considered Squirts for Spring 2020.  As the Tribe is a Mite only organization, these players can continue their hockey development with the Wilmette Hockey Association.  Spring travel season details can be found on WilmetteHockey.com

Note sure which program is right for your child?   No problem, they will be placed in the correct program based on ability during evaluations at the start of the season.  Or you can contact our coaching staff

House Mites

  • Birth Year 2012 or 2013 with team hockey experience‚Äč
  • 2014 or 2015 who completed Devo Mites and are comfortable skating and stick handling.

Developmental (Devo) Mites

  • Birth Year 2014 / 2015 / 2016 with basic skating skills that are new to hockey
  • For skaters new to team hockey.  This is a great program to graduate to after the Park District Programs such as Learn To Skate programs or Intro To Team Hockey. However, any child with basic skating skills will feel comfortable in the Tribe's program. Great entry point for skaters who want to give it a try.
  • This program is also good for graduates of the Half Year Devo program who are now looking to expand to a 2 hour a week program.

Travel League 

  • For more experienced Hockey Team players, we also offer a Travel  League for the spring.  It is a great way to get an introduction to Travel hockey and skills at the next level. Games are with local (Northshoreish) clubs and ends with a tournament at the end of the season.
  • It is targeted to Birth Year 2012 or 2013 with previous team hockey experience or appropriate ability. 2014s will be considered based on skill, experience, maturity, and coaches' approval.

General House Information

The program consists of team practices on Saturdays and games on Sundays.  Practices and games are managed by Joe Heaton, assisted by experienced parent volunteer coaches. 

Skill evaluations are held at the beginning of the season. The objective of the initial evaluation sessions is to ensure Mite skaters are slotted at the right levels, balance team make-up and to provide for parity in game play to the extent possible. 

Participants should plan on attending all sessions. 

Friend requests will be taken during registration and will be honored if possible.

Key Dates:

  • Regular Season runs from April 4th to May 17th

  • End of Season Jamboree is on May 17th  
  • The majority of events will be at Centennial Ice Arena. 

  • Weekend of 5/09 House games are played on Saturday with an optional House Practice on 5/10 (Mother's Day)

Devo Mite Schedule(subject to change):

 

  • Saturday Devo Practices are from 2:40 - 3:40pm

  • Sunday games will be played between 10:50am - 1:00pm. 

House Mites Regular Season Schedule(subject to change):

 

  • Saturday House Mite Practices are from 3:50 - 4:50pm

  • Sunday games will be played between 1:10pm - 4:20pm. 

Specific schedule and times will be determined once the number of teams at each level is set. Please check your Team Page or the site calendar for details.

Equipment

Team Jerseys and socks are provided by the club at no additional cost.

Full equipment is required

All players MUST have the following properly fitted equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:

  • HECC certified helmet with full face mask
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin guards
  • Cup and supporter for boys or pelvic protector for girls
  • Stick
  • Gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard 
  • Hockey socks (provided by the club)
  • Jersey (provided by the club) 

Equipment for WTHC programs CANNOT be rented from the Park District.  View our Gear page to find places where you can buy gear.

Goalie gear will be provided by the Tribe for all House program games that require goalies. Players will have several opportunities throughout the season to try the goalie position. Game format at the Devo Mite level does not include a goalie.

Fees

Thee Tribe packs in tons of skating, games and learning opportunities to create maximum value for our skaters.

  • Devo Mite $265 
  • House Mite $460

Fees include:  Jerseys, Socks, Weekly Practice and Weekly Games

Please review our refund policy.

Parent Participation

Parent participation is the backbone to our successful organization.

The continued success of the Wilmette Tribe House League is due in large part to the many volunteer coaches who dedicate a lot of time and effort in helping their children and their teammates learn and improve their skating, skills and game play. Parents who have confident skating skills and want to pass along their knowledge and passion for team sports are encouraged to help as volunteer coaches. We need you, no matter your level of playing experience. If you have a passion for the game, and want to share it with these young hockey players, we welcome your participation.  Volunteer parent coaches are also required to register on-line with AAU and must have properly fitted helmet skates, gloves and a stick.

During registration, please indicate if you could be a parent coach.  Or you can send us an email

House League Director, Joe Heaton, and Coaching Operations Director, Tom Finks, will hold a special pre-season Volunteer Coach informational session to launch the season in the right direction and answer questions you may have.

AAU Membership

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club is a member of CUHL (Chicago United Hockey League, an AAU organization). Registration requires an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership. AAU membership, among other items, provides a comprehensive insurance program and provides protection for athletes while participating in competitions and practices.

If you are a current Tribe player, your AAU Membership is valid until August 1 and you do not need to do anything. 

AAU membership is $16.  

Register here for your AAU membership.  Choose "Extended Benefits" and enter club code WYW3AW - Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club.  During registration you will be asked for your Membership ID number (6 digit code).

You must have a valid AAU number for registration and prior to getting on the ice (including evaluations). 

Registration

Please contact the House Director to be added to the program.

House Director

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