The Rec League currently offers four levels of play: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Players who are registered and rostered for their community’s youth hockey association are NOT eligible for the Rec League according to Minnesota Hockey’s rules.
10 & Under (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008) – 2017-18 is the first season this age level will be offered with goal of providing the league's youngest and most inexperience players with a more fun environment. There will be an increased focus on skill development (1:1 practice-to-game ratio) as this level will include the greatest number of first time hockey players. Kids that are still young enough to play at the Mite level in their community are not eligible to participate. Please note If there are not enough players to keep travel reasonable, this level will be combined with the 12U age level.
12 & Under (July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006) – The Rec League continues its focus on skill development (1:1 practice-to-game ratio) at this level. As noted above, this will be the first season where the younger players are separated from this group, providing a more evenly matched and fun environment for all participants.
14 & Under (July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004) – The 14U level is another popular entry point for players in the Rec League. As a no-check league, it provides a safe environment for players interested in an alternative to Bantam hockey. Starting at this age level, teams participate in approximately seven practices and 13 games.
16 & Under (July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2002) – This age level consists of a unique mix of players who have been in the Rec League for four or more years with players who aren’t interested in Junior Gold or high school hockey but want to continue playing.
18 & Under (July 1, 1998 - June 30, 2000) – Most of the players at this age level have been playing hockey for several years. No players rostered on Junior Gold or high school teams after December 31st are allowed to participate.
Playing Up – The Rec League provides all players with the option to move up. This is particularly common for players coming from higher levels of association hockey and those who are interested in playing with a friend or family member at a higher level. The Rec. League reserves the right to move players up and down according to their skill level.