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The Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and 16 & U levels use the parity system which ensures equal ice time and the players are on the ice with other youngsters of similar ability. Thus they have a chance to succeed and gain confidence in themselves.

Once any of these levels start changing on the fly, the ice time policy is: The coaches shall run the lines 1-2-3. No power play units or penalty killing units are allowed. The coach is NOT allowed to "shorten his bench" at the end of the game and play only the top players.

However, players have a responsibility to their teammates to give 100% effort. Therefore, players may lose ice time because of behavior issues or because they are missing a high amount of practices.

The Mites simply run lines all game long and again the coach is not allowed to "shorten his bench".