Newport Youth County Youth Hockey launches Mite development program

Newport County Youth Hockey Association (NCYHA) has created a new program for under-8 hockey players called the Newport Mite Development Program (MDP).

MDP’s objective is to create an environment that fosters better development for 5 to 8 year-olds. Our program will use USA Hockey’s ADM (American Developmental Model), a scientifically based initiative that focuses on long-term athlete development. Research has also shown that by focusing on developing hockey skills, youngsters develop confidence, creativity and have more fun playing hockey.

NCYHA President Kevin Sullivan said, “We are creating an environment that does a better job of developing hockey players without asking families to travel all over the state to play hockey. We don’t believe any kid ever got better at hockey by spending time in the car.”

The MDP starts Oct 13 and runs through the first week in March.  There will be 8-10 evenly matched teams and players will skate three times per week at St George’s Rink in Middletown.  Registration is open at  For more, visit or contact program director Scot West at [email protected]