Kent House League: Welcome

The Kent Cyclones House Program is an affordable way for your child to develop their hockey skills.   The House Program is a fun, high energy, and low level commitment alternative to Travel Hockey.   

 

The House Program concept is to provide a place for youth hockey players to improve their skills and participate in some scrimmages amongst themselves and/or with other area House Programs.  Emphasis is placed on skill development in accordance with the USA Hockey skills progression schedule, which can be found on the USA Hockey website (http://www.usahockey.com).  This schedule basically indicates the various skills that should be achieved based on the skater’s age.  Position play and game concepts are also taught so that developing players can progress to travel team play in the future, if desired.

 

In general, there are two groups within the House Program, each of which is coached individually.  The Lower House Program comprises skaters at the Mite and Squirt levels, while the Upper House Program comprises those at the Pewee and Bantam-plus levels.  The Upper House Program can accommodate skaters older than the regulation Bantam age who are just looking for a place to skate, learn, and have fun with the game of hockey.  However, older skaters must be cognizant of their size compared to others in the group, and must play cautiously in order to prevent injury.  House coaches must approve of older skaters’ participation.  In the event that there are not enough skaters to form two distinct levels in the House Program, only one large group will be formed and efforts made to appropriately provide adequately advanced drills/experiences for the older skaters.

 

The House Program requires less of a commitment than the Travel Program, generally meeting on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Our practices utilize shared and solo ice in order to maximize ice time.  In addition, House players may participate in the Hockey Improvement Program (HIP) offered to all Kent Cyclones skaters, which usually meets on Monday evenings by age group.  The HIP is designed to provide individual skill improvement and is conducted by a dedicated coaching staff.  Though the House Program begins in mid-October, House skaters may begin participating in the HIP when it is initiated in September, corresponding to the beginning of the travel season.  Complete registration and payment must be received before participating in HIP.  Both the Travel and House Programs end in mid to late February.

 

Generally speaking, the House Program is a fun, casual, instructional program.  That being said, the importance of discipline is still stressed.  Timeliness and consistent participation provides an enjoyable experience for all skaters involved.   Parent involvement includes social aspects of the program such as bowling outings following practice, or pizza parties.  Essentially, the House Program is what the parents want to make of it.

 

Additional questions regarding the Kent Cyclones House Program may be directed to Dave Carrell at mitygto@windstream.net.  Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may be interested in playing hockey with the Kent Cyclones organization.

 

Thank you for your interest in the Kent Cyclones Hockey Program.