Or the experience level that you best assimilate with given those who played at that level who are the same age.
Players at this level are within the first five years of their adult hockey 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. It’s a great launching pad for players who have not played hockey since childhood.
A level 1 player is someone who is on the ice playing organized hockey for the first time. A level 2 player would typically be someone who played as a child but not in high school and has been off the ice for a good amount of time. A level 3 player is typically someone who has 2+ years of adult experience.
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.
This is a transitional skill level, bridging the gap between the novice and intermediate skill levels. It is not a mix of intermediate (covering levels 4, 5, and 6) and novice (covering levels 1, 2, and 3) players, but rather a combination of high novice (level 3) and low intermediate (level 4) players. It provides a proper environment so that high novice (level 3) players can play with the level 4 players on the lower side of the intermediate level, without being exposed to level 5 and 6 players that would create a stark contrast.
This is a skill level that’s most appropriate 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 can also be 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 intermediate players, those who did play in high school or have the equivalent experience, who are now looking for a more mellow game.
Players at this skill level typically have played high school hockey, or embody the equivalent experience due to age, athleticism, or thorough experience as an adult. A level 5 player is typically someone in their 30’s with high school experience, where level 4 would be someone older, and level 6 someone who’s younger. Players at this level make good passes, shoot reasonably well, have solid puck control, and maintain good body control.
This level generally excludes anyone who has experience beyond organized high school hockey, although age or other life factors may qualify them.
This skill level is a mix of mid to high intermediate (level 6) and/or lower to mid advanced (level 7) players. It is not a mix of all intermediate (levels 4-6) and advanced (levels 7-9) players.
Players at this level can move the puck well, make solid passes, shoot accurately, have a good hockey sense, and are comfortable with a fast moving game. It is usually the best fit for younger players who have had solid high school experience, as well as any player who has played club-level hockey in college, or has the equivalent experience.
This level generally excludes anyone who has experience beyond the college club level, although age or other life factors may qualify them.
Advanced level players range from those who are younger with solid high school hockey and club hockey experience through those with collegiate experience, or the equivalent. A level 8 player is typically someone in their 30’s with college experience, where level 7 would be someone older, and level 9 someone who’s younger. This is a fast game for advanced hockey players only.
This level generally excludes anyone who has D1 collegiate experience, although age or other life factors may qualify them.
Players at this level have typically played D1 college hockey and may have had professional hockey experience. Players at this level MUST have at least high level collegiate experience. If they have college experience other than D1, they typically have consistently played hockey since college and are still under the age of 30.