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Duluth Area Spring Mite 2 and Squirt Transition League

Duluth Area Mite 2 3-on-3 Transition Camp

Welcome to the 2022 Duluth Area Spring Hockey Mite 2, 3-on-3 Transition Camp.  Our mission is to provide all youth an opportunity to participate and excel through the sport of hockey while building and developing sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, and respect for others. A main goal as well as one of our priorities of this summer camp is to make it not only affordable but fun for its youth participants.  The 3-on-3 camp is designed for Mite 1 players that are moving or thinking of moving to the Mite 2 level and first-year Mite 2 players that are still developing. It is a 3-on-3 event with a goalie. The purpose is to get the kids ready for more of an actual hockeyexperience and get them use to having a goalie between the pipes. It is a big change for M1s coming up onto M2s, so this will help the kids have the confidence they need to be prepared for next season.  Your kid will be part of the team that you sign up with, they will play other teams from around the Duluth area.

The camp will be run by mite coaches from local associations.  The goal is to have 2 half ice 3-on-3 games with goalies going at once. This has been run by DAHA (or one of the sub associations) in the years past and was always a kid favorite. It is a great way to transition from the demand of hockey to only one night a week.

Coaches will be responsible for creating a team and completing the below form. When creating a team know that merging associations is encouraged but please do not stack teams. Keep the talented kids spread out to teach them good leadership skills and make the event fun for all. If you have an M2 that is real advanced look at the M3 program that is also offered. If you win half your games and lose half your games you were successful in making a team…NO POWER HOUSE TEAMS, it does no one any good. Team sizes are recommended between 6 and 10 kids. You will need a goalie.

Coaches will be the point of contact for their teams and will share information with them as it comes out. Coaches will be the point of communicate between the camp coordinator and the players. Coaches will also be responsible for making sure each kid on the team completes the below release to participate.

The Home team coach is responsible for finding a referee for the game, the ref can be a squirt age kid or higher or a parent. The coaches also will have to help set up the ice before each game. Set the pads and the nets.

All participants/players are required to be dressed in full hockey gear.  This includes helmet, mouth guard, chest protector, elbow pads, hockey gloves, breezers, shin guards, hockey socks, hockey skates and of course a hockey stick.

As this is a new program and we are unsure of the total number of ice times, as it may vary if we get too many or not enough teams, we ask for your patience. The below ice times may vary but we hope to make these work. The cost of this camp will be ten dollars ($10.00) per hour of ice per player. So, if we end up with 6 games for each team the cost will be sixty dollars ($60.00) per player. The intent is to not make money on this event so if there were to be an overage of funds, it would be distributed back to the families. 

If there are any issues, please don't hesitate to first contact or speak with a coach.  Feedback that will help improve the quality of this camp, would be appreciated, and can be emailed to Bryan Bjonskaas at Bbjonskaas@gmail.com or call me at 218-390-3227

 The camp will take place at the Heritage Sports Center and tentative dates are…

April 7        6:00pm - 8:15pm
April 13         5:15pm – 6:15pm
April 14          5:15pm – 6:15pm
April 21        5:15pm – 7:30pm
April 28            5:15pm – 7:30pm
May 5            5:15pm – 7:30pm
May 12          5:15pm – 7:30pm

Duluth Area Mite 3 Transition Squirt Camp

Welcome to the 2022 Duluth Area Spring Hockey Mite 3 Transition Squirt Camp.  Our mission is to provide all youth an opportunity to participate and excel through the sport of hockey while building and developing sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, and respect for others. A main goal as well as one of our priorities of this summer camp is to make it not only affordable but fun for its youth participants.  The M3 Transition camp is designed for Mite 2 players that are moving or thinking of moving to the Squirt level and first-year Squirt players that are still developing. It is a 5-on-5 event with a goalie full ice. The purpose is to get the kids ready for more of bonafide hockey game with a full sheet of ice and all the rules to go with it (offsides, icing, penalties, etc.), and get them ready for the season next year. It is a big change for M2s to Squirts and this will help the kids gain the confidence they need to be prepared for next season.  Your kid will be part of the team that you sign up with, they will play other teams from around the Duluth area.

The camp will be run by coaches from local associations.  The goal is to have a full ice game with one coach from each team that is on the ice with the kids as referees and they will stop play and explain the rules as it is happening and hopefully after the first game the referees will be needed less and less until they are playing a game with no interference other than normal game play. It is a great way to transition from the demand of hockey to only one night a week.

Coaches will be responsible for creating a team and completing the below form. When creating a team know that merging associations is encouraged but please do not stack teams. Keep the talented kids spread out to teach them good leadership skills and make the event fun for all. If you have a squirt player that is really advanced this camp is not for them. If you win half your games and lose half your games you were successful in creating a team. Again, please NO POWER HOUSE TEAMS --  it doesn’t do anyone any good. Team sizes are recommended between 10 and 12 kids, which includes a goalie.

Coaches will be the point of contact for their teams and will share information with them as it comes out. Coaches will be the point of communicate between the camp coordinator and the players. Coaches will also be responsible for making sure each kid on the team completes the below release to participate.

All participants/players are required to be dressed in full hockey gear.  This includes helmet, mouth guard, chest protector, elbow pads, hockey gloves, breezers, shin guards, hockey socks, hockey skates and of course a hockey stick.

Each team is responsible to have one coach/representative on the ice to serve as a referee

As this is a new program and we are unsure of the total number of ice times, as it may vary if we get too many or not enough teams, we ask for your patience. The below ice times may vary but we hope to make these work. The cost of this camp will be ten dollars ($10.00) per hour of ice per player. So, if we end up with 6 games for each team the cost will be sixty dollars ($60.00) per player. The intent is to not make money on this event so if there were to be an overage of funds, it would be distributed back to the families. 

If there are any issues, please don't hesitate to first contact or speak with a coach.  Feedback that will help improve the quality of this camp, would be appreciated, and can be emailed to Zak Radzak zak@teamsters346.com or call me at 218-626-7717

Tentative Schedule is the first week of April through first week of May at a local rink(s) to be determined.