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/ages for 2021-2022 Season:

U7:   4, 5, 6 years old
U9:  7, 8 years old
U11:  9, 10 years old
U13:  11, 12 years old
U15:  13, 14 years old
U18:  15, 16, 17 years old
Intermediate/U22: 18, 19, 20, 21 years old
Ladies: 18 years old and older

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 approximately 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 teams (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.

These are the tentative ice time blocks and arenas for the 2021-22 season (for your reference only).
Confirmed 2021-22 ice times will be posted before the beginning of the new season: 


Saturday - Joshua Creek Blue (9:00 and 10:00am)

Sunday - Joshua Creek Blue (8:00 and 9:00am)


Saturday - Joshua Creek Red (8:30 and 9:30am)

Sunday - Joshua Creek Red (8:30 and 9:30am)


Saturday - Glen Abbey Green (8:30, 9:30am) & Glen Abbey Blue (9:00am)

Sunday - Glen Abbey Green (7:30, 8:30am) & Glen Abbey Blue (8:00am)


Saturday - Canlan Rink 1 (2:45 and 3:45pm)

Sunday - Joshua Creek Blue (10:00 and 11:00am)


Saturday - Canlan Rink 1 (12:45 and 1:45pm)

Sunday - Sixteen Mile Rink 4 (3:45 and 4:45pm)

U18 and U22

Sunday - Sixteen Mile Rink 2 (6:00, 7:00 and 8:00pm)

Ladies 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 skill levels 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 after the HL season has started. The DS program starts at the U11 age group, there are no DS teams in U7 and U9.  

Hockey Canada has approved a DS program for the 2021-22 season.

Is there body checking in House League play?
Body checking in girls' minor hockey at any level is NOT permitted.
How many players/goalies are on each team?
Maximum of 16 players (15 skaters plus 1 goalie). From U7 to U9 age groups, players will rotate 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 U11. U13 age goaltenders and above are expected to have their own goalie equipment.

The Hornets may offer free goalie instruction to any House League goalie or any House League player who is interested in playing in net. Details will be provided when 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 skates have been completed for the 2021 - 22 season. Coaches will contact the families directly to let them know which team their player will be on and their schedule.
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 2021 and continues to the end of March 2022. 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 (additional team fees apply). 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.

This season's start date, end date and tournaments are subject to Covid-19 related restrictions imposed by the Hockey authorities, government, or public health.
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 U11. U13 age goaltenders and above are expected to have their own goalie equipment.
Registration Questions

How do I register?

Online registration is open:

COVID-UPDATES on registration can be found on the OWHA's website:

What are the fees? 

"Early Bird Returning Hornets" - up to June 14, 2021: $695 

"New & Returning Players" - June 15 – September 1, 2021: $795 

“Goalie Only, U13, U15, U18 and Ladies players” – Player MUST commit to play goaltender onlyNO FEE 

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. All are subject to Covid-19 protocols.

Is there a discount for multiple players in one family?

Not at this time.

What is the refund policy?

Hornets members and new players: Subject to the Hockey authorities and government and local health unit restrictions/regulations, the Hornets are currently planning for a normal season for 2021-22. Accordingly, our registration fees are posted to reflect a return to the hockey programming we have traditionally offered and are used to.

Registration for the 2021-22 season has opened and the costs are posted on our website ($695 for 
returning players, $795 for new and returning players) with deposits being charged and the balance due September 1, 2021.

On the basis that we are able to offer a traditional season, the Hornets' refund policy is similar to 
what was in place pre-Covid-19 and is as follows:

All refunds must be requested to the Hornets' office. Refunds will be given by cheque or repaid to your credit card (less any credit card charges) 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. House league – Withdrawal between September 1 to September 30

Subject to a $125 administration fee (to cover Hockey Canada/OWHA registration fees, insurance, and Hornets' administration costs).

3a. House League  Withdrawal between October 1 to December 31

Subject to a $350 administration fee (being the costs previously listed in (3) above and $200 for the player's share of ice and game costs (i.e. refs and timekeepers)).

4. Rep Players – Withdrawal between September 1 to December 31

Subject to a $125 administration fee (to cover Hockey Canada/OWHA registration fees, insurance, and Hornets' administration costs) and the players’ share of ice and game costs incurred to the date of withdrawal (i.e. (ice hours + game costs + dryland training + instructors + other team costs) / # of players per team) = additional assessment per withdrawing player).  In addition Rep players must pay $150 for skaters and $165 for goalies for the 25th anniversary jersey (which they can keep).

5. No refunds after December 31st.

Players that must withdraw for medical reasons that prevent them from playing out the season between October 1st and December 31st can receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee paid. A Doctor's note must be 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.

If our 2021-22 season is delayed or interrupted due to Covid-19 related restrictions imposed by the Hockey authorities, government or public health, the Hornets will assess the refund policy at that time. The Hornets will seek to recover out of pocket costs (i.e. $125 fee for insurance, registration and admin costs, jersey costs, and out of pocket ice costs). As certain of these items are not known at this time, the "Covid-19 affected refund policy" will be developed and published closer to the start of the 2021-22 season. The Hornets primary goal in setting the refund policy is recovering the Association's out of pocket costs and treating our members fairly.

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 on the House League Home Page or click here:  HL Bench Staff Application.  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's website:


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 Trainer certification can be completed online (about $100.00)

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!

ALL bench staff and team moms require the Respect in Sports - Activity Leaders certification 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. Click here to complete your Respect in Sports - Activity Leaders certification -  

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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