Learn To Play


Mitey Mites

The North Olmsted Hockey Club (NOHC) Mitey Mite program is the first stage in a player’s club hockey career. Unlike most other sports, hockey is a “club” sport, and a player won’t compete for his/her community until high school.
NOHC is a private, not-for-profit organization made-up of players from all over Cleveland’s Western suburbs.

The levels of club hockey are Mite ADM (8U - ages 8 and under), Squirt (10U), Peewee (12U), and Bantam
(14U). Hockey is a birth year-based sport – every other year, a player born in December 2011 will not be at the same level as a player born in January 2012.

The Mitey Mite program is made-up of players who want to Learn to Play and will focus heavily on skating and development of basic hockey skills.

This program runs on Sunday mornings from October through February.

This year our Mitey Mite season will run from October until the end of February.  Our first session will be on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at  11:45am.

All members must register with USA Hockey prior to enrolling in Mitey Mites.  Depending on your childs age, there may be a $46 fee for membership.

USA Hockey Membership

NOHC Mitey Mite Registration

After registration, please check in at North Olmsted Recreation Center with your child on Sunday, October 8, try to get there early as you must get them ready to take the ice!

For the first couple sessions, prior to equipment day, please bring either a bike helmet or something similar..

Your child should either know how to skate, have been on skates a few times or have taken some Learn to Skate lessons prior to registering for Mitey Mites.

The NOHC does have equipment to purchase for the season.  These are great starter kits if your child seems to take a liking to the great sport of ice hockey.  We introduce equipment starting in mid November.

At the end of the February sessions, typically the players will appear ready for “game-action” and advance to participate in our Mite ADM program the following season.

This year we will include approximately three (3) Game Days!  These days the kids will be divided up into equal teams and play cross ice games with on ice instructions from the coaches.

This is the level you want to start your child if they know how to skate, but have not played hockey.  Learn to Skate programs are highly recommended prior to registering for Mitey Mites.  Learn to Skate programs can be found here.

Should you have any questions feel free to reach out to our NOHC Hockey Director, Jon Leonhardt (hockeydirector@nohc.net) or our Mitey Mite Director Zack Walczak (zackdmb57@gmail.com).
Here is a great guide for Parents as your child starts on their hockey journey

And Remember- “A Child on Ice, Is Seldom in Hot Water!”