Mite Development Program
The Nashville Jr. Predators are ecstatic to provide an opportunity for the youngest players of the Nashville Hockey Market. We emphasize skating, skills, compete, confidence, and most importantly fun. Our practices will push the players out of their comfort zone. The first window for speed development is from 5-8 years old. Our Coaching staff will encourage players to skate hard in every drill. We believe it is extremely important at this young age to learn good habits and focus on the ice during practice. This culture will make practices FUN as well as improve the players love for the game of Hockey! The Nashville Jr. Predators Mite Development Program is proud USA Hockey Sanctioned program.
We will compete in typically 1-2 jamboree or tournament style weekend games a month October through March. All jamborees will ensure no hotel stays required for any family and minimal travel. Tournaments will consist of home events in Nashville, 1 tournament in Knoxville, TN and 1 tournament in Huntsville, AL. All teams will end our season with our year-end NJP Mite Jam at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators.
Most games will be played at half-ice, although some games may be played cross-ice or ¾ ice depending on the event. The goal is to improve creativity and for players to learn to compete in small area puck battles as the game has evolved into a faster and more skilled game. The concept of cross ice hockey was to eliminate position specific training. Half Ice hockey should allow players to be creative and it should force them to always be moving in tight spaces. As some programs will over coach positioning in these games, we are more concerned with improving the players skill and ability to make hockey plays moving their feet.
September – March
Typically Early to Mid-August. All Evaluation dates will be posted on our website, social media channels, and via e-mail.
Two (60 min) Practices Weekly (Monday – Thursday). Most practices will consist of heavy skill specific and skating specific training with small area games and a lot of fun. We will train in practices both in small areas and full ice.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Tournament & Jamboree Fees
Jr Predators Jerseys and Socks
End of Year Bridgestone Mite Jam