The 8U program is the natural progression after the 6U program. Practices follow USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) and incorporate small groups in a station-based format. The 8U program is a development-based program with a focus on skating and skill but with an emphasis on exposing the players to the game; again in a relaxed environment. By developing these skills you increase the athlete's enjoyment and proficiency in the game of hockey. For the 8U age group, all games are conducted as Half-Ice (meaning from the Goalie crease to the Center Redline ), in accordance with the USA Hockey standards for this age group. This small area game focus gives players a greater ability to participate in small area stick handling situations while emphasizing skating edge work.