General Info (Oakville Hornets)

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What are the age-categories that OHGHA offers in House League?
The divisions (age categories) are based on birth year for 2020-2021 Season:

U7 (Tyke):    2014, 2015, 2016
U9 (Novice):  2012, 2013
U11 (Atom):  2010, 2011
U13 (Peewee):  2008, 2009
U15 (Bantam):  2006, 2007
U18 (Midget):  2003, 2004, 2005
Intermediate/U22: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 

U18 and U22 players are combined for HL play.
What is the tentative schedule for practices and games? 

All Teams will be on the ice a minimum of forty (40) times between late September/late March for practices/games. It is very important to know that there are NO early morning games or practices, nor any practices Monday through Friday for any House League team  (DS & Ladies teams excepted). 

All categories (except U18/U22) have a one-hour practice on Saturdays, on ice shared with one other team.  All categories play inter-division games on Sundays. U18/U22 will have extended game times in lieu of practices. Tentative ice times can be found on our below.

These are the ice times for the 2019/2020 season (for your reference only). 2020/2021 ice times will be posted before the beginning of the new season: 

Tyke/U7 (THL)/Novice/U9 (NHL)
Both divisions will rotate time slots throughout the course of the year

Saturdays Joshua Creek (7am, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm)

Sunday Joshua Creek (7am, 7:30am, 8am and 8:30am)

Sunday Maple Grove (12pm and 1pm)

Atom/U11 (AHL)

Saturday Trafalgar Park (8am, 9am and 10am)

Sunday Sixteen Mile (7:45am, 8:45am and 9:45am)

Peewee/U13 (PHL)

Saturday Canlan (4:15pm, 5:15pm and 6:15pm)

Sunday Glen Abbey (1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm)

Bantam/U15 (BHL)

Saturday Canlan (1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm)

Sunday Glen Abbey (4pm, 4:30pm and 5pm)

Midget/U18/Intermediate/U22 (MHL)

Sunday Glen Abbey (5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8pm and 9:15pm)


Tuesday - Times to be determined based on registration

Is There Tiering in House League?
Players of all abilities play together on teams. To the best of our ability we balance teams with players of all abilities based on players who are evaluated in September and returning players who are evaluated according to the previous season's report. 

In very rare instances players may be moved no more than three weeks into the season for re-balancing purposes.
What is DS?

DS stands for Development Stream, and was born from an initiative of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA, our governing body) to provide an opportunity for girls who wish to have an extra level of development, instruction and competition. DS teams are comprised of House League players and families who are looking for a bit more, but are not yet ready for Rep-level.

Teams are formed on a try-out basis in November, and are on the ice no more than an additional 10 - 15 times throughout the remainder of the year for practices, exhibition and tournament games.  Additional fees will apply.  Watch for details in the after the HL season has started. The DS program starts at the U11 (Atom) age group, there are no DS teams in U7 and U9!

Is There Body-Checking in House League Play?
There is no body-checking in girls’ minor hockey at any level.
How many players/goalies are on each team?
Maximum of 16 players (15 skaters plus 1 goalie). From U7 to U9 age groups, players that are willing will be rotated through the goalie position (goalies are usually dedicated at the higher age groups).

The Hornets encourage participation in hockey and wish to accommodate as many players as we can.  There may be circumstances whereby a team or teams will be asked to take an additional player or may have less than 16, based on registrations. These will be reviewed by the teams and the House League Committee.
Do goalies need to have their own gear? Do you offer development for goalies?
The goalie equipment is provided (loaned) by OHGHA for U7 through U13. U15 age goaltenders and above are expected to have their own goalie equipment.

The Hornets offer free goalie instruction to any House League goalie or any House League player who is interested in playing in net.

Details for the 2020/2021 season will be provided before the season begins.
Can I request a specific coach or friend?
Unfortunately we cannot accept special requests for coaches or friends as we must balance teams with players of all abilities. 

However, the Head Coach may protect up to three players whose parents are either an Assistant Coach or Trainer.
Are there tryouts and evaluations?
There are no tryouts for House League. Everyone is eligible to play.

Assessment details for the 2020/2021 season will be provided before the season begins. Families will be contacted via email with evaluation dates and times.
My daughter has a disability, is she eligible to play?
The OHGHA recognizes its' obligations to accommodate players pursuant to the grounds enumerated under the Ontario Human Rights Code.  In the event that accommodation may be required, please contact the OHGHA office to discuss this matter at the time of registration.
How long is the season?
The season starts in September 2020 and continues to the end of March 2021. House League teams typically sign up for one or two Tournament weekends in other centres, and all participate in our House League Tournament in February. Practices and games are cancelled during the Christmas and March Break periods (usually two weekends each).

The season finishes with Championship Day in late March/early April.
What equipment is required?
CSA approved hockey helmet / chin strap properly fastened
CSA approved facial protector properly fastened
BNQ approved neck guard
Athletic support and jill for girls
Mouth guard (optional)
Shoulder, elbow & shin Pads
Hockey Gloves
Hockey socks and Jersey (supplied as part of registration)
Water bottle - players must use their own bottle at all times
Hockey Stick (tape)

The association supplies goalie equipment (glove, blocker, chest, pads) from U7 to U13. U15 age goaltenders and above are expected to have their own goalie equipment.
Registration Questions

How do I register?

Online registration will open May 1, 2020 COVID-UPDATE: to be determined by the OWHA for returning players and June 16, 2020 for new players.

Our COVID-UPDATES on registration can be found here!

What are the fees? 

"Early Bird Returning Hornets" - May 1 COVID-UPDATE: to be determined by the OWHA - June 15, 2020: $645 

"New & Returning Players" - June 16 – August 1, 2020: $695

"New & Returning Players" – After August 1, 2020: $745

“Goalie Only, U13, U15, U18 and Ladies players” – Player MUST commit to play goaltender only: $100 

In addition, families typically contribute $200 - $300 to a team fund which covers the cost of participation in tournaments, team events and parties, etc. Fundraising activities are also used to assist with keeping the costs more manageable, subject to the Hornets Fundraising Policies.

Is there a discount for multiple players in one family?

Not at this time.

What is the refund policy?

All refunds must be requested in person at the Hornets office. Refunds will be given by cheque and may take up to two weeks to process.

1. All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing (email accepted).

2. Prior to September 1st, subject to a $50 administration fee.

3. Withdrawal after September 1st to September 30th subject to a $100 administration fee plus $50 if jersey not returned.

4. Withdrawal after September 30th to Dec 1st subject to a $250 administration fee, plus $50 if jersey not returned.

5. No refunds after Dec 1st. No refunds after October 31 unless it is for medical reasons and a Doctors note is supplied indicating that the player is unable to return to hockey for the remainder of the season. Player(s) will receive 50% of the registration fee up to December 31st. Jersey/Socks to be returned. Absolutely No Refunds after December 31st. 

Team Officials Questions (coaches/trainers etc..)

I would like to volunteer on the bench. What do I have to do to get placed on a team?

We want you! Coaching experience is not required, but a willingness to learn, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help our girls grow as hockey players and community members, are essential.  Please fill out the HL Bench Staff application form on the House League Home Page.  Alternatively, send an email indicating your interest to [email protected] with your name and contact details, experience, name/age of child(ren). 

How do I obtain Coaching certification?

Head Coaches in House League must have minimum Coach Level 1 or Coach Level 1/2 for Fundamental/U7 and U9 teams, and Coach Level 2 for divisions above. The Respect in Sport - Activity Leaders Certification is also required.

More information on coaching pathways and certification requirements can be found on the OWHA site (click here).


Please create an account on Hockey Canada’s website and look for a Coach Level 1 or Coach Level 1/2 clinic. Here is the link:

How do I obtain Trainer's certification?

The Hockey Canada's Trainer's Certification course can be completed online ($65 - $85).

This certification is only offered online and is valid for three years. The league does not cover the cost of these certifications.

Respect in Sports - requirement for any parents entering change rooms!

Here is the link to the Respect in Sports - Activity Leaders certification that ALL bench staff and team mom’s require as well as any parent entering the dressing room. Males who are not bench staff from U9 and above (older players) can not enter the dressing room. Currently this certification does not expire and the league does not cover the fee.  

Police checks
Our Security & Privacy Commissioner will advise those team members who require to submit to us their security clearance. Our policy is that we have an ORIGINAL copy and it is valid for three years. The original can be dropped off at the Hornets office at Joshua's Creek Arenas.

Members can apply for a Criminal Check and Vulnerable Sector Check online at

Any questions regarding this, please contact our Our Security & Privacy Commissioner at 
[email protected].
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