10UAA (2009-2010 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 10U program is a Squirt Tier 2 competitive travel and development hockey program for players of advanced skill levels who wish to be placed on an Alaska Grizzlies 10U team that employs the fundamental curriculum of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) with added AKG Enhancements. The Alaska Grizzlies 10U program focuses on an accelerated learning of coordination and fine motor control and is the critical stage for the acquisition of hockey skills. The primary ice times will be Monday-Thursday in the early evenings for practices and Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sundays for games (excluding travel weekends). Ice sheets at the 10U level consist of full ice, half ice, and additional shared possibilities for 60 minutes. Game formats will be a mixture or half ice and full ice in compliance with ASHA rules. There will be assessments to ensure all teams are formed based on evaluated skill knowledge in groups of 10-13 skaters and 1-2 goalies. At the 10U level, players will begin to transfer skills and concepts from practices to games. Group interaction, team building and social activities are also emphasized. A balance of practice and games will promote the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills.
10UA (2009-2010 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 10UA program competes and trains at the Squirt A (Tier 3) level through the Alaska State Hockey Association in the recreational division. The development program for the Alaska Grizzlies competitive teams, the 10UA program focuses heavily on skater skill acquisition while introducing team concepts in preparation for the next level. Unlike the intense travel schedule of the AA program, the development team will play almost it's full schedule of games locally or part of tournaments and festivals within the state of Alaska. This season will help the development of players and follow the recommended USA Hockey ADM model with a few Grizzlies enhancements. This team is designed for players who are motivated to grow and develop as athletes both on and off the ice.
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Meet Our Coaches
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Kerry Hafele - Head Coach
10U AA Minor
Dirk Menard - Head Coach
12U AA Minor
Jarred Bounds - Head Coach
The Alaska Grizzlies 12UAA Minor team is led by Head Coach Jared Bounds (LVL2 #479924). Coach Bounds is a level 2 certified coach through USA Hockey. We are excited to welcome Coach Bounds to the Alaska Grizzlies family so he can share his knowledge of the game with our young athletes. The 12UAA Minor team will practice three times per week with games throughout the season in both Fairbanks and the state via tournaments. Additionally, Coach Bounds plans to take the team to a tournament out of state during the season. This season's plan will have a focus on player development to assist players in reaching their next goals in hockey. Coach Bounds will announce his assistant coaches and specific details of the season during the parent meeting after team selection.
Ben Wolfe - Head Coach
TBA - Head Coach
12U AA MINOR (2007-2008 BIRTH YEARS)
As your youth athlete continues to grow mentally and physically, the Alaska Grizzlies 12U program further develops them in the second half of the Learn to Train stage. The program further develops sports specific skills, continues the introduction of competition, and starts to emphasize a robust support training schedule off ice. Falling at the early onset of the first growth spurt in most athletes, our 12U program is designed to aide athletes in the process of transferring skills and concepts from games to practices. Athletes can expect 4 on-ice sessions and 1-2 off-ice sessions per week with weekends reserved for in town game series and weekend travel to tournaments and festivals. Assessments are held in the fall as teams are formed with 12 skaters and 2 goalies. A 3:1 practice to game ratio promotes the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills which will have a significant effect on the level of play that is achieved later on in the athlete.
12U A (2007-2008 BIRTH YEARS)
We are excited this year to host a 12UA team lead by Coach Ben Wolfe (LVL4 #471820). This team has been requested by parents and coaches and we are excited to have the opportunity to serve even more athletes. Coach Wolfe has coached many teams through highly successful seasons and will bring that experience to this team. The team will skate at least three practices per week and the many games and in state tournaments this season will prove to develop our players skills and help them achieve their goals. Coach Wolfe’s assistant coaches and details of the season during the parent meeting after team selection.
14U AA (2005-2006 BIRTH YEARS)
The focus of the Alaska Grizzlies 14U AA program is to further build on the support training introduced to the athlete at the 12U level and to cement its importance in the overall development of the athlete. This stage of our ladder of development, the first part of the Train to Train stage, is designed to fully integrate the athlete’s natural growth spurt and further refined hockey specific skills to equip them with the mental and physical capacities to succeed in competition. With an increased emphasis on hockey and a reduction in the number of other sports played, A continued emphasis is also placed on the development of individual and group tactics. Social and emotional considerations are addressed by including team-building, group interaction, volunteering, and social activities in the season long plan. Players can expect to attend four (4) sheets of ice weekly with off-ice training occurring before and after most on ice sessions.
14U A (2005-2006 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies will again host at 14UA (Tier 3) team lead by level 4 Coach Kerry Hafele (LVL4 #227669). Coach Hafele has coached many teams through highly successful seasons and will bring that experience to this team for the upcoming season. The team will skate at least three practices per week excluding games and in-state travel to tournaments this season providing an avenue to develop an athlete's skills and helping facilitate achievement of their goals of advancing to the next level in hockey. Coach Hafele is looking for a full bench of players who are motivated to grow and achieve more and promises to use his experience along with other experts and resources in the community to enhance the development experience on and off the ice. Details regarding assistant coaches for the the upcoming season will be announced during the parent meeting after team selections.