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Welcome New Families!

Titans Hockey is all about fun, affordable, and competitive hockey. But if you are new to the sport or just new to the Titans organization, you might have a lot of questions, which is no fun. This page is intended to get you up to speed with everything you need to know so you and your skater can focus on having a good time! If you still have questions, send us an email!

Clothing and Gear

Your player's comfort and safety starts with their clothing and gear. Fortunately, we have all the needed gear available to loan, and you won't need any special clothing to get started. 

Every kid is different, but here are some recommendations for clothing from the ground up.

Indoors Cold Weather
Feet Thin socks often work best. Some kids prefer cotton, others synthetic or something like a thin Smartwool. Sweaty feet tend to get cold, so avoid socks that are too warm for the venue. Smartwool is usually the way to go. Too thick and feet sweat and are cold or skates are tight and cut down circulation. Avoid cotton
Legs Most young kids wear track pants or leggings because they don't like the shin guards against their skin. Others don't care and wear shorts. Older kids may choose to get hockey shorts or pants. Track pants or leggings. Maybe snow pants over gear if it is really cold for an outdoor practice.
Torso Short or long-sleeve shirt. Synthetic works great, but cotton is fine, too. Elbow pads can be itchy, so consider long-sleeves Layers. Long sleeve synthetic shirt under gear, sweatshirt over gear, under jersey. Coat over everything if needed at practice.
Head Long hair should usually go in a pony-tail A thin, synthetic balaclava works great if it is really cold. A thin headband that covers ears works great, too. Warm hat might be called for if you can fit it under the helmet.

How does all this gear go on?

Hockey has lots of gear. Pretty soon it'll feel completely natural to your skater, and they'll be putting it all on (minus skates) by themselves. This is the order to put gear on that works best for most kids.

Shin guards, Hockey Socks (most use sock tape and/or hockey shorts to hold them up), Breezers (that's what the padded pants are called, which is weird), Skates (sorry parents, you'll be tying these for a long time!), Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads, Jersey, Mouthguard/Helmet (mouthguard required!), Gloves.

What to expect at each level: Coaching & Rules

We follow USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) for developing players, and all coaches complete training to learn and implement this system. Here is the USA Hockey Parent Handbook with lots of great info!

Here's a brief look at what goes on at each level, based on my experience as a new-to-hockey parent who now has a PeeWee:

For minis, there are no rules. It is like the Thunderdome, but on ice. The goal with minis is to get them moving on their skates. So they play lots of fun games like tag, and spend a lot of time falling down and getting back up. This is deliberate, because they are learning important skills for the rest of their hockey career.

For mites, it's more like Professional Wrestling. During games the coaches referee, but they wind up ignored half the time. Calling penalties, icing, etc would slow things down too much, and the focus at this level is skating and touching the puck. Kids will get a 1 on 1 with a coach when something blatant happens, so they learn what is and isn't allowed.

Squirts are where there's a pretty big bump in rule enforcement and expectations, although skating and puck touches are still the most important for development. Offsides and  icing are enforced during games, and penalties will be called. Here's Snoop Dogg to explain Icing and Offsides.

PeeWee level hockey is faster and more physical, although there is still no checking. Players may begin to have a preferred position, but the ADM still recommends players experience all the positions.

Youth Hockey Levels

Name Ages* Cost**
Mini-Mite 6 & under $250
Mite 8 & under $500
Squirt 10 & under $900
PeeWee 12 & under $1075
Bantam 14 & under n/a

*Exact age cutoffs by date are listed here.

**Please note that there are scholarships available, a payment plan, and early-bird discounts. Check Program Info for more details.

Titans Boundary Map

This is a good 'rule of thumb' map for our boundaries. However, if you are near the border, please contact us to be sure.