Players on the Midget program typically enters into the Valley Hockey league for game play for a half-season (10 weeks September to November). Most of the games are on weekends and are hosted at various local rinks. Games consist of 3 periods, 12 min. each, full sheets with 2 certified referees. Teams will enter into a couple of parity rounds which will be adjusted accordingly to their success. There is also the option to not play in VHL and instead become an in-house program consisting of 1 practice and 1 game per week; games will have official referees and either option provides the ability to play in the state tournament.
Also, each team will also represent their community in Mass Hockey District playdowns. District playdowns are run by Mass Hockey and are a one game tournament. If your team wins, they will continue on to the next opponent. This is a “One and Done” (loss) tournament. If your team is lucky enough to continue on in the Playdowns, which numerous Wilmington youth hockey teams have, it is a very exciting opportunity to represent the Town of Wilmington. Club teams do not have this option to represent the town where they are located.
Teams typically consist of between 16 and 18 skaters, plus 1 to 2 goalies. Midget players at this level are preparing themselves for High School hockey. It is imperative that respect of the game, respect of coaches, referee’s and opposing players is a fundamental ingredient.
Birth Years: 2002 through 2005
Program: Midget Travel Team
Schedule: Late August – November
Location:Ristuccia - 190 Main Street Wilmington MA 01887
Ice Time (on Average):One 50 minute practice and 1 one hour long game/scrimmage (if in-house) per week. Practices are held primarily at Ristuccia with most practices are full-ice sessions but may be combined with another team as necessary.
Goal of this level is to:
Continuation of shooting and passing skills and building on these skills.
Concepts of Team play, on ice responsibilities, angling, puck protection etc.
Working on body contact, separating your opponent from the puck, not consciousness.