FAQs (West London Minor Hockey)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

GENERAL:
ABOUT US
GLHA
HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOCKEY IN LONDON AND AREA.
WHAT AGES CAN REGISTER?
CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD IN A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP?
DO YOU HAVE BODY CHECKING?
WHEN DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS BEGIN?
HOW DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS WORK?
WHEN DO THEY PLAY AND PRACTICE?
HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE INITIATION PROGRAM?
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT MINOR MIDGET/MIDGET?

REGISTRATION:
WHEN IS REGISTRATION?
WHAT DOES IT COST?
WHAT AGES CAN REGISTER?
CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD IN A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP?
WHAT IF WE ARE NEW TO WEST LONDON, DO WE NEED TO DO ANYTHING SPECIAL?
WHEN DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS BEGIN?
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

OTHER:
CAN YOU PLEASE UPDATE MY EMAIL (PHONE NUMBER …ETC.)?
I HAVE LEFT PHONE MESSAGES/SEND EMAILS AND NO ONE HAS RETUREND MY CALL/EMAIL.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH OTHER QUESTIONS I HAVE?


ABOUT US
We are located in London, Ontario, Canada, where our home ice is Kinsmen Arena, off Wharncliffe Road.

Our mailing address is:
    431 Boler Rd.
    P.O. Box 20042
    London, ON, Canada
    N6K 2K0


The 'West London Minor Hockey Association' is a member of Greater London Hockey Association (GLHA).

All players in the Association are affiliated with Hockey Canada (H.C.) and will conform to player categories as established by the constitution of H.C.

We are an association that forms both house league and competitive teams. The CHL (Community Hockey League) teams play within the city and amongst the five associations under the GLHA. The competitive teams (MD) play further afield, depending on the number of teams within their division in any given season. Some of the MD divisions may travel to Sarnia and Stratford.

To register with us you MUST live within our boundaries as established by the GLHA (Thames River to the north, Andover Drive/Beachwood to the east, Southdale Road to the south, and city limits to the west.) You may also view our boundaries on the map you can reach under 'About Us'. If you are not within our area check the GLHA website (found under or Links tab) for the boundaries of the other associations to see where you belong.
Most likely:
North: Oakridge (GLHA / Alliance) or North (GLHA / Alliance)
South: Lambeth (OMHA)
West: Mount Brydges (OMHA)
East: South Southeast or LMHA (GLHA / Alliance)
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GLHA
All authority of the GLHA shall reside and be exercised by the Board. The Board shall in general be responsible for all aspects of the hockey program, for establishing the strategic and policy goals of the GLHA and to ensure that all it's By-Laws, rules and policies are administered fairly and equitably and where necessary to adjudicate and resolve disputes.
The GLHA Board is comprised of; each Associations President, the CHL Chair, the Technical Director and the Director at Large.
The hockey associations that comprise the GLHA are:
  • LONDON MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
  • NORTH LONDON SPORTS ASSOCIATION
  • OAKRIDGE AEROS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
  • SOUTH / SOUTHEAST LONDON HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
  • WEST LONDON MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
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    HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOCKEY IN LONDON AND AREA.

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    WHAT AGES CAN REGISTER?
    Players from ages (4)5 to 20 may register with us to play within their age appropriate division as listed below.

    *Each year we get a few 4 year olds who are ready for hockey, and they may register within the 5-6 year old Tyke group. Remember this is hockey, not learn to skate.

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    Age Division
    *4, 5, 6 Initiation Program
    7, 8 Minor Novice / Novice
    9, 10 Minor Atom / Atom
    11, 12 Minor Peewee / Peewee
    13, 14 Minor Bantam / Bantam
    15, 16, 17 Minor Midget / Midget
    18, 19, 20 Juvenile


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    CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD IN A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP?
    No. Players are to be registered within their age group. All players go through our evaluation process in the fall and in the very rare case a child may be moved down a division but this is governed by CHL rules that will only allow a very small % of novice to move down to tyke.
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    DO YOU HAVE BODY CHECKING?
    Body checking is as per the following chart:

     

    Division CHL MD
    Initiation Program No checking n/a
    Minor Novice & Novice No checking No checking
    Minor Atom & Atom No checking No checking
    Minor Peewee & Peewee No checking No Checking
    Minor Bantam & Bantam No checking Checking
    Minor Midget & Midget No checking Checking
    Juvenile No checking n/a


    Mandatory checking clinics are run for those players who will require it. Generally this will be for players who are trying out for MD who have not had body-checking previously.
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    WHEN DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS BEGIN?
    MD tryouts begin just after Labour Day.  House League (CHL) evaluations begin mid to late September. All times and locations and any other information is always posted on this website. Keep an eye on the site.
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    HOW DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS WORK?


    • If your player has indicated that they are interested in MD
      • MD: made up of those players who have been successful at the MD tryouts. Players who are not successful at the MD tryouts proceed to the house league evaluations.

    • Those players who do not make the above teams OR those who selected to play House League upon registration are evaluated and based on their abilities are formed into teams under the CHL or House League structure.

    Note: The number of teams at any given level is dependent on the abilities and number of registrants.
    Due to the ratio of goalies and number of players at several levels we must track registrations very closely and may have to place players on a waiting list. back to top

    WHEN DO THEY PLAY AND PRACTICE?
    Game and practice times are not always consistent. Each year it depends on our registration numbers as well as the ice times we receive from the city. The hope is that most House League times, games and practices, are on Saturdays and Sundays. back to top

    HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
    The playing season runs from generally Oct to March. MD tryouts start in early September with HL evaluations following close behind in mid-September. Depending on a team's performance in the season they could be playing in provincial finals into early April. back to top

    WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?
    Equipment List:

    • CSA approved Helmet with face cage (clear or wire)
    • neck protector
    • mouth guard (no longer mandatory but highly recommended)
    • shoulder pads
    • elbow pads
    • hockey gloves
    • knee/shin pads
    • hockey skates
    • athletic jock (or jill for girls)
    • hockey pants
    • hockey socks (for practice*)
    • hockey shirt (for practice*)
    • garter or shorts to hold socks up
    • hockey stick
    • hockey tape (for stick and socks)


    * The association supplies game shirts
    * The association supplies goalie equipment up to at least the Peewee level.  By Bantam most goalies have their own equipment.

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    WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE INITIATION PROGRAM?

    • Our intention is to focus on the basics with our Initiation Program.
    • Development is the focus at the start of the season with teams formed later being based on the player’s ability.
    • Initiation Program games are played amongst the teams within our association and generally begin a little later in the season.
    • There will be every attempt to set the Initiation Program ice times to make them consistent.
    • Game sweaters are sponsored by Tim Horton's.

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    WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT MINOR MIDGET/MIDGET?

    • ‘Minor Midget’ is made up of 15 year olds and ‘Midget’ is made up of 16 and 17 year olds.

    Due to the ratio of goalies and number of players at the Midget level we must track registrations very closely and may have to place players on a wait list. back to top

    WHEN IS REGISTRATION?
    For the past several years, registration has started mid to late June allowing us the necessary time to produce convenor lists and prepare for tryouts and evaluations in the late summer / early fall. Watch the website for registration dates as they are posted as soon as they are set. back to top

    WHAT DOES IT COST?
    Once fees are set for a given season they are published on this website. Each season fees are subject to change based on changes to ice costs, insurance costs and the cost of officials...to name a few items.

    Please refer to the ‘REGISTRATION’ tab to find the most recent seasons registration fees for an idea of what the costs are.

    In addition to registration the following fees are also possible depending on your choices:
    Competitive Tryout Fee: for Minor Novice to Midget divisions for those players wishing to tryout for MD.
    Competitive Surcharge or Up charge: for those Minor Novice to Midget players who are successful in their bid for a spot on a competitive team.
    Team Account: once they are formed, many teams will also collect funds for an account to cover costs such as tournaments, additional ice time, referees for exhibition games, year end team parties etc. back to top

    WHAT IF WE ARE NEW TO WEST LONDON, DO WE NEED TO DO ANYTHING SPECIAL?
    YES YES YES!
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    WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
    Refunds will only be given by using the refund process that can be found under the Registration tab.  back to top

    CAN YOU PLEASE UPDATE MY EMAIL (PHONE NUMBER… ETC.)?
    Now that you are registered with us through Hockey Canada Registration you can, at any time, go back into the system, and make these types of changes. Using the ID and password that you setup the first time you went into the system simply go in and using edit you can adjust your information. This will ensure that your information is always current. back to top

    I HAVE LEFT PHONE MESSAGES AND NO ONE HAS RETURNED MY CALL.
    All of our volunteers work for a living. Phone calls and emails are generally returned in the evenings or on weekends. Did you leave a phone number where you can be reached in the evening or on the weekend? In a few cases the numbers that have been left have been for work so unless you work evenings you would be best to leave a phone number where you can be reached in the evening. back to top

    WHO DO I CONTACT WITH OTHER QUESTIONS I HAVE?
    Once teams are in place there is a normal protocol to be followed regarding most questions and concerns you may have. You should start with your coach, who should escalate if necessary to the convenor, then to the director etc...… However, many questions not of that nature may be directed as noted below

    Who to contact with questions regarding:

    • By Laws: President
    • Coaching: House League Director or Competitive Director
    • Cheques: Treasurer
    • Equipment: Hockey Services
    • Competitive: Competitive Director MD
    • Hockey Development: Director Hockey Development
    • House League (CHL): House League Director
    • Ice: Ice Convenor
    • Registration: Registrar
    • Rosters: Registrar
    • Sponsorship: Sponsorship Director
    • West London Tournaments: Tournament Director

    (Names and contact information for the people filling the roles indicated above can be found under the 'About Us' tab for the current season)
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