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Tryout Information

2017 - 2018 Tryout Schedule and Information

Online registration has ended. Please call or visit the Ice Vault to complete a tryout application.

(973) 628-1500 


Times and dates are subject to change.

  • 8U & 6U (2009 & Younger)
    • 1 hour sessions
    • Tuesday, April 4th 6:00 pm
    • Thursday, April 6th 6:00 pm
  • 10U (2007 - 2008)
    • 75 minute sessions
    • Monday, April 3rd 6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, April 5th 6:00 pm
  • 12U (2005 - 2006)
    • 75 minute sessions
    • Monday, April 3rd 7:30 pm
    • Tuesday, April 4th 7:30 pm
    • Thursday, April 6th 6:45 pm
  • 14U (2003 - 2004)
    • 75 minute sessions
    • Monday, April 17th 6:00 pm
    • Tuesday, April 18th 6:45 pm
  • 16U (2001 - 2002)
    • 75 minute sessions
    • Tuesday, April 18th 7:30 pm
    • Thursday, April 20th 6:45 pm
  • 18U (1999 - 2000)
    • 75 minute sessions
    • Monday, April 17th 7:30 pm
    • Wednesday, April 19th 6:45 pm

Midgets - Program Highlights

Midget (Short Season)

  • 2 Weekly Spring Practices
    • Summer Evening Training Camp
    • July 31st - August 3rd 
    • No substitions for the camp
  • 2 Weekly Practices Mid-August to November
  • NJYHL League Games as required
  • Game and practice uniforms, warm-up suits, t-shirt and shorts.
  • 1 Tournament
  • Season Practices start mid-August
  • Tuition
    • Skaters $2950
    • Goalies $2750
    • 50% non-refundable deposit due with contract signing
    • Balance due September 4, 2017
    • No refunds

Midget (Full Season)

  • 2 Weekly Spring Practices
    • Summer Evening Training Camp
    • July 31st - August 3rd 
    • No substitions for the camp
  • 2 Weekly Practices Mid-August to November
  • Practice will continue during High School season
  • 2 Tournaments
  • NJYHL schedule
  • EJEPL schedule
  • Equipment package (TBD)
  • Tuition
    • Skaters $6195
    • Goalies $5795
    • 50% non-refundable deposit due with contract signing
    • Balance due October 2, 2017
    • No refunds

Mite through Bantam - Program Highlights

  • Weekly Spring Training Session: Monday-Thurs. April 18th through Mid-June **Schedule will be on the Bandits website**
  • Team Declaration week June 12-15 for Squirts & PeeWees only
  • Camps – NO substitutions for any of the following camps
    • Bandit ADM Camp – Mites 8U & Squirts will attend Camp on August 14-18
    • Camp option offered to all 6U Mites at an additional cost on Aug. 14-18
    • Pee Wee & Bantam will attend camp on Aug. 21 - 25
    • Midgets will attend an evening camp on July 31 – August 3
    • All Goalies 8U to Midget will attend Give’ em Nothing School for Goaltenders on
    • August 14 - 18
  • Supervised Dryland Training (Mite 8U-Bantam)
  • Teams will adhere to the American Development Model for number of games
  • Game uniforms includes home/away jersey and socks.  All levels will receive a warm up suit, dryland shorts & tee shirt.
  • Coaching Workshops for the staff
  • Power Skating practice sessions taught by Angelo Serse of Laura Stamm, for 8U Mites and Squirts
  • Written mid-season evaluation & individual player/coach 1 on 1 meeting
  • 2 Tournaments *Mites will do the Thanksgiving Tournament at the Ice Vault, plus one other tournament
  • Practices will use a combination of: station based, small area zone in shared training sessions.


  • 50% non-refundable deposit due with contract signing
  • Balance due by October 2, 2017
  • No refunds
  • All 6U Mites: $1795
  • All 8U Mites: $2450
  • Squirts
    • Skaters $3750
    • Goalies $3300
  • Pee Wee
    • Skaters $4495
    • Goalies $4095
  • Bantam
    • Skaters $4495
    • Goalies $4095

The NJ Bandits are not a status driven organization. Letters are far less important than an athlete’s experience. Our objective is to provide leadership and create a complete hockey experience using USA Hockey’s American Development Model – Long Term Athlete Development Principals. Our goal is to cultivate each player’s passion for the sport and establish a culture of esprit de corps in a safe, clean and ethical atmosphere where athletes are empowered in an appropriately competitive environment.

In order to ensure athletes are placed on the appropriate team, and that the team is placed at the appropriate competitive level, we use a multi-phase selection and declaration process. It is our intention to field AA, A & B at each level based on the talent pool without compromising the integrity of the competitive component in the development process.

Phase I Open Tryouts (April): For a variety of reasons, tryout week often provides a false impression of an athlete’s ability. We evaluate candidates based on their body of work whenever possible. During the season three evaluations are conducted. The results of those evaluations are taken into account during the tryout phase. Depending on the quality and quantity of the player pool, the coaching staff for each level will determine and fill the roster spots. Once selected, each player will be required to secure their place in the organization with a non-refundable deposit on the final night of tryouts. This will insure that you have a place to play next year.

Phase II Spring Training Sessions (May-June): Over the next two months- as players continue to grow and mature at varying rates, they will participate in training sessions. At these practices, we will continue to challenge and evaluate each candidate and begin to assess the collective ability of the group.

Phase III Final Declarations (June): Conducted following spring clinics and just prior to the NJYHL team declaration deadline. Candidates will be sorted out and assigned to a team that best suits their ability. Coaches will be assigned a team and teams will be placed at the appropriate competitive levels (AA, A or B). Mites and Squirts competitive level determined by NJYHL seeding process.

Special Note: Midgets are placed on teams at the initial tryouts (April 11-13) The Bantam AA team will also be finalized during tryouts.

American Development Model (ADM):
The Bandits are proud to be one of only three organizations named as a USA Hockey Model Association Program by USA Hockey! Embracing scientific development principles and using the ten year, 10,000 hour training method. The Bandit coaching staff, takes great pride in striking a balance between letting the player be a kid and helping athletes realize their potential. There will be evaluations for the Mite and Squirt players with the intention of placing all participants on teams.

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