skip navigation

House League FAQs

What are the age-categories that OHGHA offers in House League?

The divisions (age categories) are based on birth year for 2019-2020 Season:
Novice (Tyke): YOB 2013, 2014, 2015
Novice: 2011, 2012
Atom: 2009, 2010
Peewee: 2007, 2008
Bantam: 2005, 2006
Midget: 2002, 2003, 2004
Intermediate: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 

Midget and Intermediate 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 Midget/Int) have a one-hour practice on Saturdays, on ice shared with one other team.  All categories play inter-division games on Sundays.  Midget/Int will have extended game times in lieu of practices. Tentative ice times can be found on our House League page (click here).

Tyke to Midget House League Assessment skates will take place on September 14th and 15th.  A volunteer will contact you the week of September 9th for your daughter’s assessment times for both days. Updates for the Ladies division will follow.

The season starts on the September 28th and 29th weekend.  Your daughter’s assigned coach will contact you the week of September 23rd with your team’s schedule.


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 borne 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.


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 Tyke to Novice age groups, players that are willing will be rotated through the goalie position (goalies are usually dedicated at the higher age groups). The goalie equipment is provided (loaned) by OHGHA for the Tyke through Peewee.
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.


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 sessions will be on September 7th and 8th for everyone playing in the 2019-2020 season.  Players will be contacted via email with evaluation dates and times. They will also be posted on our web site.


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 2019 and continues to the end of March 2020.  House League teams typically sign up for one or two Tournament weekends in other centers, 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 Tyke to Peewee.  Bantam age goaltenders and above expected to have their own goalie equipment.


Registration Questions

How do I register?

Online registration will open May 1, 2019 for returning players and June 16, 2019 for new players.  To register please click here

What are the fees? 

"Early Bird Returning Hornets" - May 1 - June 15, 2019: $645 

"New & Returning Players" - June 16 – August 1, 2019: $695

"New & Returning Players" – After August 1, 2019: $745

“Goalie Only, Peewee, Bantam, Midget 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 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 at minimum Hockey Canada Coach Level 2 Certification and Respect in Sport - Activity Leaders Certification.  

How do I obtain Trainer's certification?

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