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USA Hockey establishes the levels and age classifications in youth hockey. Eligibility for each level is based upon the player’s birth year. 


Midget » 18U: 1998-1999     16U: 2000-2001
Bantam » 14U: 2002-2003
Peewee » 12U: 2004-2005
Squirt » 10U: 2006-2007
Mite » 8U: 2008 & Younger

For Tier II hockey, there are two birth years playing at each level.  For example, for the Pee Wee level, as noted above, eligible players include those born in either 2004 or 2005. 

For Tier I AAA hockey, each level is further broken down into “Major” and “Minor” divisions.  These divisions are not based upon the skill level of the player, but the player’s birth year.  The Major division consists of second year players for the level for which they are playing while the Minor division consists of first year players for said level.  For example, for the AAA Pee Wee level, those players born in 2001 (second year Pee-Wees) are only eligible for the Major division while those born in 2002 (first year Pee Wees) play in the Minor division. 

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