Jacksonville Lunas 8 & Under
Age Group: 2015*, 2016, 2017
*2015s could also play 10U SGHL Lunas
Teams: 8U Lunas
Start Date: The week of August 21st
End Date: End of February
Roster: 8-10 skaters, equal playing time, Goalies can alternate or skate out as well
Purpose: At the 8-Under level, coaches should focus on teaching age- appropriate concepts and skills so that children have an enjoyable hockey experience while also developing as players and young people.
Focus Points: Fun, Engagement, Active Practices, Age-Appropriate Training (includes skills and concepts)
Icemen/Lunas Experience: Each player will receive 2 tickets per season to preselected Jacksonville Icemen games. Players will also be provided with unique event experiences with the Icemen.
Program: 2 On Ice practices, 1 Off Ice Practice
Curriculum: All age groups follow a comprehensive 2-week on and off-ice curriculum focusing on age-appropriate training and proper player development guidelines. This will ensure all players have the opportunity to reach their full potential in a fun, challenging and positive learning environment.
Practice Focus: The goal of practice is to create the most fun, challenging, learning environment for players to enjoy the game and improve faster for performance in games. Game based learning is scientifically proven to be the best retained when acquiring skill, more transferable for optimizing development and performance. Practicing the perception (cognitive) and action (physical) movements “coupled” together allows players to learn in game-like situations. Every practice should be composed of the following:
- Fun & Engaging
- High Activity (puck touches, movement)
- Game Like Situations (looks like the game)
- Decision Making
- Competition / Challenging
No Practice dates: * subject to change
Sept 4, Oct 31, Nov 23, Dec 18 - Jan 1, Jan 15, Feb 19
Game Format: All 8U games are half ice
League Format : Teams will play in 2-4 jamborees, the cost of these events are TBD.
Team Communication/Schedule - Teamsnap app will be used.
Uniforms: All jerseys and merchandise are ordered on Uniform day, which includes reservation of jersey number.
Jacksonville Lunas Equipment & Apparel Requirements
- Black or Navy Helmet / helmet stickers
- Black Hockey pants or Pant Shell (black)
- Predominantly Black/Purple or Navy Gloves
- Game Jerseys (white & black)
- Game Socks (white & black)
- Stretch Pants (black) & Hooded Sweatshirt (purple)
- Practice Jerseys (purple & black) (Included)
- Practices Socks (black) (Included)
- T-Shirt (purple) (optional)
- Equipment Bag (optional)
- Lunas Hat (optional)