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Players should continue to master all of the skills for the Mite level and add the following at the Squirt level.  Players must learn and master:

Individual Skills

Skating

  • edge control
  • ready position
  • forward start
  • forward start right/left
  • forward stride
  • control stop
  • one-foot stop
  • backward skating
  • backward stop
  • control turn
  • forward crossover
  • backward crossover
  • mohawk
  • lateral skating

Puck Control

  • lateral side-to-side dribble
  • forward-to-backward dribble
  • diagonal dribble
  • attacking the triangle
  • forehand shift
  • backhand shift
  • change of pace
  • puck protection
  • give and take
  • accelerating with puck

Passing and Receiving

  • forehand
  • backhand
  • flip - saucer pass (forehand and backhand)
  • receiving (stick)
  • receiving (skate)
  • indirect (board) pass

Shooting

  • wrist
  • backhand
  • flip
  • screen and deflection
  • rebounding

Checking

  • poke check
  • hook check
  • lift the stick check
  • covering
  • gap control concept
  • body positioning - angling
  • Goalkeeping
  • basic stance
  • parallel shuffle
  • lateral t-glide
  • forward and backward moves
  • stick save
  • body save
  • glove save
  • leg save
  • skate save
  • stacking pads
  • "V" drop
  • rebounds

Team Skills

Offense

  • positional offense
  • offense in the defensive zone
  • offense in the offensive zone
  • face-offs
  • one-on-one confrontations
  • triangle offense
  • box offense
  • entering the zone

Defense

  • territorial defense
  • one-man forechecking
  • two-man forechecking
  • backchecking principles
  • basic defensive zone coverage