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Hockey Skill Level Definitions

    Skill Levels:
    The skill level definitions below are a guide to which skill level you should assign yourself. They are certainly not perfect but should give you a good idea of your level based on many factors including but not limited to physical ability, age, skating, stick handling, passing and shooting skills. Please review your skill level yearly or more often if you're just getting into hockey and feel like you're advancing quickly.
      Description of Hockey Finder Skill Levels - Below is a comparison to USA Adult Hockey Levels which other leagues use

        Level 1
        Players / Goalies at this level are just learning to skate and have very limited knowledge of the fundamentals of the game i.e. positioning, rules, team concepts. This level is for the true beginner who has never played the game nor has had much experience watching or following the game. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven't mastered controlled skating. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.
          Level 1.5
          Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates but still have a hard time with skating both forward and backwards. They've acquired some basic skills to get up and down the ice but still struggle with carrying the puck, making passes and taking shots. Players in this group would also include those who are not natural athletes and may take more time to develop their skills. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven't mastered controlled skating. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.
            Level 2
            Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates, but still struggle going backwards. They are probably just getting comfortable with positional play, learning to skate with head up, learning the rules, team concepts and understand offensive and defensive zones. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.
              Level 2.5
              Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable skating forward and can now skate backwards fairly comfortably. They are starting to understand positioning, team concepts, can skate backwards, but are still working on stick handling, passing, crossovers etc.Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.
                Level 3
                Players / Goalies at this level are very comfortable in a team environment, and know where to be in most situations. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 5 out of 10 range.
                  Level 3.5
                  Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a fast paced game and are able to keep up with the play. They are in average physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are in the 5 to 6 out of 10 range.
                    Level 4
                    Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a fast paced game and are able to keep up with the play. They are in good physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are in the 6 to 7 out of 10 range.
                      Level 4.5
                      Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in good physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 6 to 7 out of 10 range.
                        Level 5
                        Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in above average physical shape. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 8 out of 10 range.
                          Level 6
                          Players / Goalies at this level should feel comfortable playing with Ex-Professionals, Ex-Division 1 / CHL players. Skating - Stick handling - Passing - Shooting skills are all in the 9 to 10 out of 10 range.
                            Note:
                            Please respect others and play in appropriate pickup games/leagues/tournaments. Many events on Hockey Finder are open to a range of skill levels which is great for lower level players to learn the game. That being said, we encourage more advance players to encourage these players and include them in the game.

                              Hockey Finder Levels compared to USA Adult Hockey Skill Levels - Note: This is a general rule as not all USA Adult Leagues measure the same way.
                                  Hockey Finder LevelUSA HockeyAHAWHAM
                                  Level 1BeginnerBeginnerC3
                                  Level 1.5BeginnerD2C3
                                  Level 2D3D1/D2C2
                                  Level 2.5D2D1/C3C2/C1
                                  Level 3D1C2/C3C1
                                  Level 3.5C3C1B3
                                  Level 4C2B3B2/B1
                                  Level 4.5C1B2B1
                                  Level 5B2B1A2/A1
                                  Level 5.5B1A
                                  Level 6AA