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New to Hockey?

Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?

Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the 14U level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting. 


Basic Information

ICH is enjoyed by players ages 4 and up.

For brand new skaters, or those that need a refresher, please see the Coral Ridge Ice Arena website ( for information on their Learn To Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs.

Youth Age Divisions

*Note: The player's age as of December 31st  of the year the season starts is used to determine level of play.

  • 6U: ages 6 and under
  • 8U: ages 7-8
  • 10U: ages 9-10
  • 12U: ages 11-12
  • 14U: ages 13-14
  • 16U: ages 15-16

What is the difference between House League and Travel Teams?

For players in the 10U and up age groups, there may be the option to play House League or be part of a Travel Team.  The main difference between the two has to do with time commitment and cost.

Travel Teams generally have additional practice times each week to plan for games against other associations in Iowa and across the Midwest.  As a result, the fees travel team players pay are higher to cover the extra ice time and tournament fees.  Travel teams may also have tryouts for team selection.

House League provides players an opportunity to skate, enjoy hockey and develop their skills, without the same level of time or financial commitment as travel teams.  House league players may participate in scrimmages at our home rink, but generally do not play games against other associations, keeping overall costs down.

Practices Times, Games & Tournaments

Practices are generally held on weekday evenings, but can happen on weekends, depending on ice availability. Most games and tournaments are played on weekends.  As practice times, games and tournaments are scheduled, they will be updated on the ICH Calendar.

Program Fundamentals

  • USA Hockey Certified Coaches
  • USA Hockey ADM Model (
  • Emphasize hockey skills (puck control, passing, shooting), knowledge of the game, good sportsmanship, and the essence of team play.

Equipment Overview

How to Dress Youth Hockey Players for Practice

ADM Model

New Hockey Parent Information

Information for new hockey parents from USA Hockey, including what equipment is needed and how to dress your player.

USA Hockey Safety Information

Learn more about how USA Hockey approaches safety both on and off the ice.

USA Hockey ADM Model

The American Development Model (ADM) is a nationwide model for successfully developing American hockey players.

USA Hockey Codes of Conduct

USA Hockey codes of conduct for coaches, players, officials, parents, and fans.

USA Hockey Parent Guide

USA Hockey's Parent Handbook, player registration information, and more.