program include pursuing a greater practice-to-game ratio, forming a sense of "community" within the club and helping its participants become better hockey players and good citizens.
As proponents of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, the Jr. Checkers maintain a higher practice-to-game ratio. Hockey players improve themselves and teams improve overall play by practicing, not just by playing in games. Players get better in practice and gain experience in games. To this end, the CMHA travel teams participate in the weekly Training Track, a six week early season practice for each age group used to teach individual skills, such as power skating, body positing, offensive and defensive zone concepts and goalie development. After the Training Track ends and to continue helping players achieve their potential, once a week they will work on individual skills such as puck control and shooting on the Puddle Rink after their team practice.
The Jr. Checkers travel teams compete in USA Hockey's Tier II classification and are members of the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL) and the Southeast Youth Hockey League (SEYHL). All practices and home games are played at the Extreme Ice Center. The team's CHL and SEYHL games, in addition to strong tournament and non-league schedules, form a competitive environment for the players to gain experience and test their progress as individuals and as a team. Some principles of the