No B players in the D game, no C teams in the B league; it’s just one of the many things that make us different from other leagues.

This principle value is part of what we do to put you, the player, first. Welcome to hockey, redefined.

We work hard to ensure that StinkySocks Hockey games include players of the same skill levels. Although we have safeguards in place to monitor the skill levels of players, we rely on players to register for leagues and games at their appropriate skill levels. If we find this not to be the case, we will address this with the player and move them into the league or skate most appropriate for their skill level, ensuring the StinkySocks Hockey experience remains a great one for the rest of the players. We group players strictly based on their skill levels and not age nor sex.

We’ve created a guide to help you determine which skill level is most appropriate for you. We realize that this can sometimes be a moving target, but hope that these general guidelines assist you in landing in the right game from the start. Regardless of where you land, you can always expect find a welcoming environment.

Our Skill Levels

Hockey Skills / Instructions

The skills level is an instructional level geared to helping hockey players develop the fundamentals of the game. It is intended for players getting back into the game or just learning to play hockey. The skills level is also great for players at the novice and lower intermediate levels looking to move to the next skill level. We customize the instructional programming to your ability as we have a low player to instructor ratio.

Novice (D) - D-, D, and D+ Players

Players at this level are within the first five years of their adult hockey experience. It’s a great launching pad for players who have not played hockey since childhood. A low D player is someone who is on the ice playing organized hockey for the first time. A mid-D player is typically someone who played as a child but not in high school and has been off the ice for a good amount of time. A high level D player is typically someone who has 2+ years of adult experience. This level also may be appropriate for players who have been playing longer as adults but had never played at all until they were adults. The commonality is that players at the novice level are typically working on two to four of the following hockey fundamentals: shooting, passing, skating and body control.

Lower Intermediate (C/D) - C- and D+ Players

This is a transitional skill level, bridging the gap between the D and C skill levels so that D players don’t move into the C level before they’re ready. This is not a mix of C and D level players, but rather a combination of high D (D+) and low C (C-) level players. This is a skill level for players who haven’t played hockey since high school and are getting back into the game after some time off the ice. Players at the lower intermediate level are typically working on at least one of the following hockey fundamentals: shooting, passing, skating and body control. This is also a great fit for our older, C-level players, looking to slow down their game.

Intermediate (C) - C-, C, and C+ Players

Players at this skill level typically have some high school hockey experience. They make good passes, shoot reasonably well, have solid puck control, and maintain good body control.

Upper Intermediate (B/C) - B- and C+ Players

Players at this skill level play are a mid to high C-level and/or lower to mid B-level. This is a mix of both lower B (B-) and higher C (C+) level hockey players, rather than a mix of C and B. Players here can move the puck well, make solid passes, shoot accurately, have a good hockey sense, and are comfortable with a fast moving game. These players typically have solid high school experience and may have played some college club-level hockey. Our senior B-level players who are looking to slow down their game may also find this level to be a good fit.

Advanced (B) - B-, B, and B+ Players

Players at this level range from those who are younger with solid high school hockey and club hockey experience through those with collegiate experience, or the equivalent. This is a faster game for more advanced hockey players.

Expert (A) - Not Currently Offered

Players at this level may have had professional hockey experience and MUST have at least high level collegiate experience. If they have college experience, they typically have consistently played hockey since college and are still under the age of 35. Players not meeting these requirements are considered B level players.

Skill Level Policy

We work hard to monitor and enforce the level expectations that our players have. That all begins with the honesty of players in selecting games and leagues that are appropriate to their skill level. Please check out our Rules and Policies for more details on our Appropriate Skill Level Policy and what to do if you find yourself in a game that is not of the right level.

If you are still not sure what skill level you should play, feel free to contact us online or call us at 617-440-PUCK talk through what the best fit will be based on your experience, age, and other factors.

For those looking for the ultimate combination of both schedule flexibility and game consistency, No Commitment Hockey allows you to book any of our Standard Games or skills clinics that have availability, whenever you’d like. Get on the ice seven nights a week or once a year, the frequency is up to you.