General Info (Oakville Hornets)

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Overview
Our competitive program strives to develop young athletes who have a strong desire to compete against the best female hockey players in Ontario. Over the years the Hornets have placed players on NCAA (D1,D3) and U Sports teams, on Team Ontario and at the National level. This all starts with our non-competitive house league program and continues on to the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (Junior). The Hornets are one of only a handful of Ontario organizations that run teams at the highest level in all age categories, from U9 through to U18.

The rep program is divided into different levels per age group. In a typical year we ice between 18 to 24 teams, e.g.:
U9     A/B
U11   AA/A/BB/B
U13   AA/A/BB/B
U15   AA/A/BB/B
U18   AA/A/BB/B
U22.  AA

The U13 AA, U15 AA and U18 AA - together with our Junior Hornets - are operated as part of our High Performance Program which encompasses a unified skills and development program for our elite players.

Our season runs from September through to early April. Depending on the team, families can expect 2 practices and 2 games per week at a minimum. Many teams add conditioning training and additional on-ice extra skill development practices. All rep teams will play a 22-game season from early October through end of January, followed by playoffs and provincial Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) play downs. Teams will also participate in up to 6 tournaments per season, generally at least one of which involves an out-of-town hotel stay.

Fees have ranged from about $2,500 + personal expenses at the U9 age group to $4,000 + personal expenses at the older age groups and higher levels.

The dates of tryouts vary from year-to-year. Generally all members receive an email in early to mid March announcing the tryout process and directing them to registration.

Inquiries on the Hornets competitive teams should be directed to the Director of Rep at [email protected].
2021 - 22 Season
U9/U11 Players
In accordance with Hockey Canada’s Development Pathways, we will offer development sessions for U9 and U11. Optional Competitive tryouts will begin after the completion of the development sessions for those who are interested in pursuing a position on one of our Competitive Teams. Please see the Tryout Schedule page for more information about the tryout process, including registration fees. 

U13 and Up Players
  • Tryout registration opens: Thursday, August 25, 2021
  • Tryout registration closes: Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Tryouts begin: September 8th for U9 and September 11th for U11/U13/U15 and U18. For the full schedule visit Tryout Schedule.
  • Team tryouts for each level will follow sequentially throughout September.
  • Team practices will begin within days following team selections.
Player Eligibility
  • All players who are selected to play on one of our 2021-22 Competitive Teams must register for and participate in the tryout process. (Health exceptions for those unable to participate will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact [email protected] for more info)
  • In accordance with Hockey Canada’s U9 and U11 Development Pathways, players in these levels will be provided an opportunity to participate in a development session(s) before the start of Competitive tryouts. These sessions will be run by our Competitive coaches.
  • Tryout registration is open to ALL players, regardless of the association they were registered with or the level they played in the 2020-2021 season - however any player who was member of another OWHA association or team in 2020-21 (or before) will require a valid Permission to Skate form issued by their last association.
  • If selected to one of our OHGHA Competitive teams, registration with the OHGHA will trigger a release from the player’s previous association and the transfer of their membership to the OHGHA. Players must ensure that all requirements for release from their previous association are met.
  • Players who have previously played with an Ontario Minor Hockey Association team are eligible to tryout for registration, with no further action required, so long as they have never been registered with an OWHA association - otherwise a Permission to Skate form is required.
  • Hockey Canada has directed for the 2021-22 season that no player will be permitted to simultaneously be a member of two hockey branches - therefore players who register with an OWHA organization will not be permitted to register or play with an OMHA team, and vice versa. Any player who registers with an OMHA will become ineligible for membership with the OHGHA, or any OWHA association.
  • For more detail please refer to our Rep Policy.
Health & Safety Measures

The OHGHA’s 2021-22 season will fully comply with all restrictions and regulations provided by the Ontario Government, the Halton District Health Unit, the Town of Oakville, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and Hockey Canada. Health and safety measures may be instituted to ensure the health and safety of players, parents, coaches, officials and other volunteers. These could include:

  • Health screenings, and/or the collection of participant heath information
  • Procedures to follow will individual are ill and/or test positive for Covid-19
  • Restrictions on certain activities, or modified game rules
  • Limitations on group sizes
  • Specific directions on facility use, including facility entry protocols, dressing room usage, etc.
  • Modified games rules (as defined by the OWHA) will be used to limit/reduce physical contact

Specifics on the measures and procedures in place will be provided before the start of the season and updated throughout as circumstances change. By registering, participants will acknowledge that some circumstances may change, and they will agree to always follow all protocols and directions.

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.

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. Withdrawal after September 1st to September 30th subject to a $125 administration fee (to cover Hockey Canada/OWHA
            registration fees, insurance, and Hornets' administration costs) 
plus $200.00. For Rep players, the incremental jersey
            cost for the anniversary jersey is $150 if 
not returned.

4. Withdrawal after September 30th up to December 31 is subject to a $350 administration fee (to cover costs previously
            listed and the player's share of ice costs), plus $200 if HL jerseys are 
not returned, or $150 if Rep anniversary jersey
            not returned.

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.
Registration Links
After also reviewing the 2021-2022 Competitive Tryout Schedule page. please register through our online system.
Questions/More Info
For questions about the 2021-22 Competitive season please contact [email protected]

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