The U15 division (formerly called Bantam) is for kids 13 or 14 years old (as of Dec 31, 2008 or Dec 31, 2009). It is designed to progressively improve personal and team hockey skills for early teen children. This level caters to players who want to play recreationally and competitively. There are U15 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. U15 players will usually have 1-2 practices per week followed by games as scheduled throughout the season; the 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 recreational or competitive teams.