Mini Mite Programs

NEW! For the 2024 – 2025 season Mark Zarbo Hockey is adding in-season mini mite programs.

PROGRAM BASICS

Mark Zarbo Hockey is offering 3 different mini mite program options for the 2024 – 2025 season. Players have the option to sign up for 1 day (Sundays), 2 days (Tuesday & Thursday Small Group) or 3 days (Full program – Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays).

Tuesday & Thursdays Small Group Skills= Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00pm at Nichols Small Rink. Max 16 players. 42 total practices, September – March. This program will focus and have the goal of providing every player a solid foundation of skating and basic puck skills by seasons end. Practice sessions will introduce and focus on basic edge work, skating skills and puck/stickhandling skills. Cost is $630/player ($15/hour ice). Players must sign up for whole program.

Sunday Skills & 3 v 3 League = Sundays 4:30 – 6:00pm at Riverside Arena. Max 32 players. 22 total ice times (33 total hours), September – March. Sundays is meant to be a fun game-competition based skills day. Station based skill work focused around games and competitions. Sundays will also include a 3 v 3 League for the last 16 weeks. First 6 weeks is all skill work. See 3 v 3 league details below. Cost is $500/player ($15/hour ice). Players must sign up for whole program.

Full Time Mini Mite Program = Players who sign up for both the Small Group Skills & Sunday Games day are eligible for discounted rate of $980 total ($13/hour ice — $150 discount). In total that is 64 total ice times (75 hours of ice) complete with small groups skills training, fun/game-based skills day and 3 v 3 Cross-Ice League. Only a max of 16 full time player spots are available. Goal of the full program is to give players an all-around training and development experience.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This is not a beginner learn to skate or hockey introduction beginners’ program. Players must be able to skate already (no walkers), push/skate with both feet and have ability to skate with the puck. Players should have at least 1 year of experience and show good ability to follow directions/instruction on the ice. This program is not appropriate for players below that level of ability.

AGE

2017 – 2020 birth years

**Please note if your players birth year is not listed but feel they are at the level of this program please contact mark@markzarbohockey.com

Sundays 3 v 3 LEAGUE

The last 16 Sundays we will add in a 3 v 3 Cross-ice League. For these Sundays, the first 50 – 60 minutes of Sundays will be station-based skill work. The last 30 minutes will be saved for a 3 v 3 League Game. From the first 6 weeks and player skate testing, players will be split into 4 equal teams (8 players each). Each week 1 player will play goalie, this will rotate among all players. That gives each team 7 players, 1 goalie for their game each week. The first 3 weeks will be “pre-season,” getting things down for the players and evening out teams if needed. The league will be 12 regular season games (each team plays each other 4x) with the last Sunday being a playoff and Championship. The games will be 20 minutes in length (2 – 10-minute periods). Horn sounds every minute for players to change keeping ice time equal. Standings & score to be kept. No individual stats to be tracked.

STAFF

Mark Zarbo will be the head instructor for all ice times, but we are looking for parent assistant coaches. Coaches should be able to attend majority of ice times their player is signed up for. Every practice a coach attends earns them a specified credit for that session. If a coach where to attend all of their player’s practices, they can earn back up to half the tuition from the program. If interested in coaching, please check mark box on sign up form or email mark@markzarbohockey.com.

FREE Equipment Sizing Check Provided by Front Row Sports

All full-time mini mite players are eligible to get a FREE equipment sizing check at Front Row Sports in West Seneca.

One the biggest issues at the mini mite level is a players equipment fitting properly, especially skates. If a player’s equipment does not fit properly, it can severely hinder or even make it impossible to learn some skills. For example, if a player’s skates are too big or they supinate or pronate to much at the ankle it makes it very hard to impossible for those players to learn to stop and/or crossover dependent on issue.

You do not have to buy or have bought your equipment at Front Row. They are providing all full-time players from our program a courtesy equipment sizing check and corrections on gear if possible/needed.

Tuesday & Thursdays ONLY

Cost: $630                          (42 hours ice — $15/hour of ice)

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00pm at Nichols Small Rink
  • 16 player max
  • 1:4 player to coach ratio
  • Jersey Provided
  • Small group skills training
  • Focus on developing a solid skating & puck skills foundation
  • Add on Sundays for only $350 ($150 discounts, normally $500). See full mini mite program details.
  • No ice Thanksgiving week & weekend, February Break Week, Christmas Break weeks or Super Bowl Sunday. See below for exact schedule of dates.

Sundays ONLY

Cost: $500                          (33 hours ice — $15/hour of ice)

  • Sundays 4:30 – 6:00pm at Riverside Arena
  • 22 Sundays (33 hours)
  • 32 player max
  • 1:4 player to coach ratio
  • Jersey Provided
  • Station based games & competition day
  • First 6 weeks all skills and skill based games
  • Last 16 weeks, 50 – 60 minute skills, 1 3 v 3 League game
  • 3 v 3 Cross-Ice League last 16 weeks
  • No ice Thanksgiving week & weekend, February Break Week, Christmas Break weeks or Super Bowl Sunday. See below for exact schedule of dates.

3 v 3 League

  • Players split into 4 equal teams of 8. (7 players, 1 goalie each game)
  • 17 total games = 3 pre season + 12 regular season + 2 playoff games
  • 3 pre-season games used to even teams out
  • Each week 1 player plays goalie. This rotates among all.

Full Mini – Mite Program

Cost: $980                          (75 hours ice — $13/hour of ice)

  • 3 days of ice per week average
  • Sundays 4:30 – 6:00pm at Riverside Arena
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00pm at Nichols Small Rink
  • 42 hours Small Group Skills (Tuesday & Thursdays)
  • 33 hours of game-competition based skills (Sundays)
  • 1:4 player coach ratio
  • Jersey Provided
  • Testing/Evaluation tracking
  • 3 v 3 Cross-Ice League Sundays, 17 total games. See above details.
  • FREE Equipment check with Front Row Sports
  • Goal of this program is to give players an all-around training and development experience
  • No ice Thanksgiving week & weekend, February Break Week, Christmas Break weeks or Super Bowl Sunday. See below for exact schedule of dates.

Full Mini Mite Program Schedule

The schedule below is a combination of all the Sundays, Tuesday, Thursday ice times. No ice Thanksgiving week & weekend, Christmas Break week, Feb Break week or Super Bowl Sunday.
DAYDATETIMERINKNOTES
Sunday Sept 154:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdaySept 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdaySept 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundaySept 224:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdaySept 245:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdaySept 265:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundaySept 294:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdayOct 15:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 35:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
Sunday Oct 64:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdayOct 85:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
Thursday Oct 105:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayOct 134:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdayOct 155:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayOct 204:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
TuesdayOct 225:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 245:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayOct 274:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
TuesdayOct 295:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayNov 34:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
TuesdayNov 55:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 75:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayNov 104:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
TuesdayNov 125:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 145:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayNov 174:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #1
TuesdayNov 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 215:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayNov 244:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #2
TuesdayDec 35:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 55:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayDec 84:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #3
TuesdayDec 105:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 125:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayDec 154:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #4
TuesdayDec 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 25:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayJan 54:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #5
TuesdayJan 74:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
ThursdayJan 95:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayJan 124:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #6
TuesdayJan 145:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 165:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayJan 194:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #7
TuesdayJan 215:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 235:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayJan 264:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #8
TuesdayJan 285:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 305:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayFeb 24:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #9
TuesdayFeb 45:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 65:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayFeb 115:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 135:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayFeb 164:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #10
SundayFeb 234:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #11
TuesdayFeb 255:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 275:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayMarch 24:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #12
TuesdayMarch 45:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayMarch 65:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
SundayMarch 94:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Playoffs

Sunday ONLY! Schedule

Below is the schedule for all Sunday ice times.
DAYDATETIMERINKNOTES
Sunday Sept 154:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
SundaySept 224:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
SundaySept 294:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
Sunday Oct 64:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
SundayOct 134:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
SundayOct 204:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink
SundayOct 274:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
SundayNov 34:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
SundayNov 104:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Pre-Season
SundayNov 174:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #1
SundayNov 244:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #2
SundayDec 84:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #3
SundayDec 154:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #4
SundayJan 54:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #5
SundayJan 124:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #6
SundayJan 194:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #7
SundayJan 264:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #8
SundayFeb 24:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #9
SundayFeb 164:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #10
SundayFeb 234:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #11
SundayMarch 24:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 #12
SundayMarch 94:30 - 6:00pmRiverside Rink3 v 3 Playoffs

Tuesday & Thursday ONLY! Schedule

Below is the schedule for Tuesday & Thursday ice times.
DAYDATETIMERINKNOTES
TuesdaySept 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdaySept 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdaySept 245:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdaySept 265:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayOct 15:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 35:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayOct 85:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
Thursday Oct 105:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayOct 155:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayOct 225:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayOct 245:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayOct 295:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayNov 55:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 75:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayNov 125:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 145:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayNov 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayNov 215:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayDec 35:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 55:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayDec 105:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 125:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayDec 175:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayDec 195:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 25:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayJan 75:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 95:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayJan 145:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 165:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayJan 215:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 235:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayJan 285:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayJan 305:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayFeb 45:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 65:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayFeb 115:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 135:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayFeb 255:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayFeb 275:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
TuesdayMarch 45:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink
ThursdayMarch 65:00 - 6:00pmNichols Rink

Cancellation, Weather & Payment Policies!

Payment for all programs is due August 1st. Cancellations after August 1st can only be refunded if player is found to fill the spot for the cancellation.

Please see Cancellation, Weather & Payment Policy Page.  Click link to view.

Mini Mite Program Sign Up Form

Make sure to double check and review your sign-up form before submitting. After submitting you will receive an emailed copy of your form as a receipt. Make sure to check for this email and save or print a copy for your records!

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After selecting number of players, the signup forms for each player will appear.


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