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In-House Overview

What’s the difference between In-House vs. Travel hockey?

Travel hockey is the highest level of play that our club offers. A player must tryout for these teams, practice several times a week, and plays 1 or 2 games against other clubs’ travel teams around Northern California usually on weekends. These teams will vie for Northern California, State, and National championships.

The in-house program does not require a tryout, all players of all ages are welcome to participate and players play against other teams within our club. In-house hockey players have the opportunity to master skills and move on to travel teams as their skills and abilities improve with each subsequent season.

What is the minimum skill level for In-House hockey

For each age level, there are minimum skill requirements that are necessary for players to participate. For new players, they should have completed a Learn to Skate Program at either Dublin Iceland or Tri-Valley Ice. For older players or players making the transition from roller hockey, they need to have basic skating skills: starting, stopping and turning correctly. At the beginning of each season, we will evaluate new players on the ice during their first practice and determine if a player has the basic skills required.

We have the following in-house programs for the following age groups:


Age Range

Birth Years

Mini 6U

5 - 6

12 & 13

Mite 8U

7 - 8

10 & 11

Squirt 10U

9 - 10

08 & 09

Peewee 12U

11 – 12

06 & 07

Bantam 14U

13 – 14

04 & 05


What is the ADM?

American Development Model from USA Hockey

At TVMHA, we follow the coaching and instructional guidelines developed by USAH. This is a very successful program for teaching hockey skills to young players, that was developed by USAH and has been implement at clubs throughout the country. We have now been following the ADM model at TVMHA for 5 years now and use it from the Mini-Mite 6U through Bantam 14U divisions. To learn more about this program, please go to the USAH website by clicking on the link.

USAH - The ABC's on the ADM

Can Girls Play In-House hockey?

Of course they can! TVMHA offers all girls teams at all levels from 6U/8U to High School. Please visit Lady Blue Devils Program for more information. All in-house co-ed programs at TVMHA are also open to girls too. The 6U through 10U levels are non-contact, non-checking levels. The 12U and 14U levels have body contact, but no body checking is allowed.

We teach body contact skills at all age levels. Safety of the players is a priority at TVMHA. We are not playing for the Stanley Cup; we’re all about having fun, teaching skills and building character. If you play and you have a sister, why don’t you ask her if she would like to play hockey too!

Does TVMHA have a High School Hockey program?

Yes, we do and it is a very strong and growing one! Players who are interested, should go to the links below for more information on the 2 different High School Hockey Programs that we offer.

You may be wondering, should I choose to play in-house 14U/16U or High School hockey? If your player is 14 or older and is in High School, he/she can play either in our 14U/16U or High School programs, or in both, if they so desire. The 14U program is better suited for beginning players. The High School program is a more competitive level of play. High School hockey has 4 different levels of play (including a non-check league). The High School hockey season is also shorter.

TVMHA - JV High School Hockey Program

TVMHA - Pure High School Hockey Program

In-House Program Schedule

The 2018 – 2019 season will start in August 20th, 2018. The last day of the season will be March 10th, 2019.

Blackout Dates: 

Please be advised all dates below will not have any games or practices. 

  • Labor Day weekend August 31st - Sept 3rd
  • Halloween Oct 28th and Oct 31st
  • Veterans Day Nov 10-12th 
  • Thanksgiving Break Nov 19-25th 
  • Winter Break Dec 17th - Jan 6th 
  • MLK Weekend Jan 18-21st
  • Presidents Weekend Feb 15-18th 

2018 - 2019 In-House Practice Schedule

For detailed practice schedule please visit teams tabs. 

Practice begins on August 20th.

What equipment will I need?

All players need to have the following equipment that is properly fitted and in safe condition:

  • HECC approved helmet and facemask (metal only) in safe condition with chin strap AND face mask straps
  • Stick – properly sized – (youth stick, no sawn-off adult sticks are allowed)
  • Shin pads
  • Skates (sharpened to 1/2” or 5/8” hollow)
  • Hockey pants w/ suspenders
  • Elbow pads
  • Shoulder pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Athletic supporter or “girdle” (girls too)
  • Mouthpiece (carry a spare) Required for all IH age divisions at TVMHA.
  • Water bottle
  • Equipment bag
  • Lots of tape
  • For goalies, we also require a neck protector & neck shield, Squirt 10U and up.
  • All in-house players are required to also have TVMHA jersey and 2 pair of socks. (See uniform information below).


At the beginning of our season the TMVHA Equipment Manager will coordinate the orders for players who need an official TVMHA jersey and socks. You can select the size of the jersey, but you cannot select a number or have names sewn on the jersey. We recommend that you select a larger size which can be re-used in subsequent seasons. The club also has a large selection of “Club” merchandise that can be purchased as well. This is available for players and parents. So, you can show your support of our club too!