The Rec League is planning to offer five levels of play for the 2023-24 season: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Players who are registered and rostered for their community’s youth hockey association or high school are NOT eligible for the Rec League according to Minnesota Hockey’s rules.
10 & Under (June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2014) – 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. Each team will have 10 practices and 10 games. Players 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 may be combined with the 12U age level.
12 & Under (June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012) – The Rec League continues its focus on skill development (1:1 practice-to-game ratio) at this level. The age group can have a wide range of abilities depending on if the Rec League is able to maintain its 10U program.
14 & Under (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2010) – 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. 14U teams participate in approximately six practices and 14 games.
16 & Under (June 1, 2006 - May 31, 2008) – This age level typically consists of a unique mix of players who have been in the Rec League for several years with players who aren’t interested in Junior Gold or high school hockey but want to continue playing. Starting with this age group, teams will have two practices and 16 games.
18 & Under (June 1, 2004 - May 31, 2006) – 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.