Ask AHAI: Are kids allowed to play up a level?

By Mike Mullally, AHAI Director

QUESTION: Are kids allowed to play up a level? For example, can or should a Squirt player be asked to play up to the Pee Wee level? 

ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Mites definitely cannot “play up”.  For squirts and above, if your club allows your player to “play up”, then it should be okay. However, AHAI and USA Hockey would advise against it. The reasoning would be to allow our youngest players the opportunity to be leaders and the “best” player on a team. Each player should have the opportunity to experience being both the best and least skilled player.  Both are an experience that each player should have in their portfolio to develop into a well-rounded young person.

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