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AHA utilizes Cross Ice Games within the Blue Initiation Program. Studies have repeatedly found that younger players significantly benefit from playing cross-ice games on a smaller ice surface.

By playing cross-ice games on a smaller ice surface, younger players get many more ''touches' of the puck than otherwise possible on a full sheet of ice. Players have an opportunity to develop 'fast hands, 'fast feet' and fast decision-making skills, and their overall hockey sense truly improves. Plus players have a ton of fun playing it!

USA Hockey has some great resources on cross ice along with some hard facts on the benifits.

If nothing else this, this video on how a kid fields playing on a full sheet of ice.