The U13 level (formerly called PeeWee) is for kids 11 or 12 years old (as of Dec 31, 2010 or Dec 31, 2011). It is designed to build hockey skills and be progressive in development. This level caters to players who want to play recreationally and competitively. There are U13 evaluations or "tryouts" hosted at the start of the year which facilitate player placements.
The season begins in September and ends in early March after a round of playoffs. U13 will usually have 1-2 practices per week followed by games as scheduled throughout the season; Double Letter teams will have more practice times. As well, teams will often arrange to play several tournaments throughout in the year.
The program focuses on:
- Advanced skating skills, including speed, endurance, and edge control
- Puck handling
- Shooting and passing
- Understanding of hockey rules
- Competitive hockey strategies and plays
- Fitness: Strength and conditioning
- Building friendships and teamwork skills
Beginners or players new to hockey can still join at this level as they will be placed according to their registration, evaluation or tryout (if relevant) and experience on Single Letter or Double Letter teams.