The Rochester Junior Americans are committed to providing consistent and constructive player development while emphasizing the fun of playing the game.

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Players in our 8U program will have a complete hockey experience. Our primary goal is to create a fun and competitive environment where every player can develop their skills and a passion for the game. Our programming this season is highly focused on player development so that each player is equipped with the skills necessary to advance and excel at the next level. Review the Program Overview to learn more about our development program.

Teams will consist of approximately 10-12 players each. Teams will be placed at either the Blue (typically 1st year Mites), White (mix of 1st and 2nd year Mites), or Red levels (mostly 2nd or 3rd year Mites with advanced skills and skating, equivalent to a travel team).

Our current plan is to offer two teams at the Red level, three teams at the White level and three teams at the Blue level. 


Season Forecast

Duration: September 2020 - March 2021


  • Two shared practices per week
  • Advanced skills development sessions by RIC Academy
  • Monthly goaltender training sessions
  • Off-ice training sessions at Next Level Strength & Conditioning

Review the Program Overview to learn more about our development program.


* All practices, skills sessions and off-ice training sessions are included. No requirements for additional camps, clinics, or spring hockey.


  • 15 Empire League Games in the greater Rochester area
  • 20-25 jamboree and tournament games
  • Big Thaw Tournament included in dues



  • Jr Amerks Cup - Annual inter-organizatall tournament in February
  • Rochester Americans and RIT hockey games
  • Preseason team party
  • End of season team party
  • Volunteer and community event
  • Fundraising opportunities

Composition of team:

  • 10-12 skaters
  •  Goaltending duties are shared and rotated between all the players on the team

Budget Estimate:

  • Dues: $900
  • Apparel and equipment not included
  • Tournaments and miscellaneous team expenses not included in dues (Approx. $100-200 per player)
  • Fundraising opportunites are available



‚Äč*The information above is a forecast, or prediction, of the season. The actual season plan may vary slightly.