Understanding the process
Youth sports, and hockey in particular, is a challenging landscape to navigate. Whether you are new to hockey, or just new to the "club" scene, let us help you on your journey through a successful and rewarding experience for the entire family.
Step 1 - Learn to skate
The first step to playing hockey is learning how to skate! This program is offered at the Canton Sportsplex location only, and is open to those with little or no skating experience, as well as those looking to continue their development. It is organized and designed to teach the fundamentals of skating, and is a requirement for those who want to pursue our future hockey programs.
Step 2 - Learn to play
Once skaters have successfully completed several learn to skate sessions, they should be ready to move on to the learn to play program. This program is offered at both our Canton Sportsplex and Mark Bavis Arena facilities, and is our entry-level program for aspiring hockey players. The program focuses on improving all aspects of skating as well as introducing players to basic hockey skills.
Step 3 - Dog Development
The Dog Development Program is the Boston Jr. Terriers' own in-house introductory league for beginner hockey players. Based out of both our Canton Sportsplex and Mark Bavis Arena facilities, this program offers a Fall and Winter session and consists of weekly skills and weekly Cross-Ice games. We will also introduce these players to full ice game play.
Step 4 - Fed Futures
The Fed Futures Development Program is for novice hockey players and the last stage of our introductory programs before moving on to our official Mite Hockey teams. Players for our Fed Development Program will be selected as part of our annual March tryout process at both our Canton Sportsplex and Mark Bavis Arena facilities. Players will be placed on one/two teams that will participate in the Full-Ice Fed Futures division as part of the Eastern Hockey Federation league.
Step 5 - Full Season Teams
The final stage of the development ladder is moving on to one of our Terrier Red (Canton) or Terrier White (Bavis) full-season teams. Both programs offer teams at the Mite Minor-Bantam Major levels, as well as split season midgets and even juniors. All teams compete in a full season schedule of full ice games versus league opponents within the Eastern Hockey Federation, New England Girls Hockey League or the Eastern Hockey League respectively.