2020/2021 Season Structure & Registration, News (Whitby Girls Hockey Association)

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2020/2021 Season Structure & Registration
Submitted By Leanne Greenwood on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The Whitby Wolves Executive has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming season amid the ever-changing COVID-19 regulations and protocols. We thank you for your patience.

The health and safety of our players, staff and families is our primary focus and the measures outlined below are aligned with the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) and the Province of Ontario Public Health Agency.

The WGHA executive aims to operate this season as "normal" as possible, however due to the current and evolving COVID 19 situation, we may need to make changes to adhere to Public Health and OWHA guidelines. Any changes that are required will be communicated to you as quickly as possible.    

Season Overview      

  • The season will be divided into two halves, September to Christmas break in December and January to March.   

  • All activities will be socially distanced with coaches following the Alternate Skill Instruction guidelines provided by Hockey Canada.

  • Players will be grouped together based on their level of play last year (HL or Rep) and by their appropriate level of play for the 2020/2021 season.  The WGHA may adjust this based on the need to round out numbers in a group.  

  • The ice allotment and times (house league and rep) will be similar to last year and will be at McKinney Arena or Iroquis Sports Complex.

  • There will be a minimum two weeks of developmental skates at the start of all House League and Competitive programs before moving into modified game play with no physical contact subject to OWHA and Durham Public Health Unit Requirements.
  • Modified hockey may include 3v3 or 4v4. The rules and permission to begin modified game play may begin at a time yet to be determined by the OWHA. 

House league Program:

  • House league teams will have a maximum of 12 players.  

  • We anticipate our House League Division will commence October 3, 2020 to allow players time to formally register and allow our conveners to sort players into appropriately balanced teams

  • Players will be placed on a balanced team within their age group. These teams will play within an extended group of 50 who will play and practice together without interaction with any other extended group of 50. A couple of divisions may have two groups of 50 players. Players will be placed on teams based on their known abilities.

  • Players within a defined group may be moved to different teams during developmental skates to ensure teams are balanced.

  • A player registered in an OWHA group may not be part of any other hockey participant group in Ontario.

Competitive Program:

  • The coaches for our Competitive teams have been announced earlier this year. Additional coaches will be updated soon. See 2020-21 Representative teams and coaches.  

  • The number of Competitive teams may be subject to change based on the number of players and their abilities in each division.

  • As per the OWHA, there will be no tryouts for competitive teams. Player placement for each team will be decided by the representative coaches for each level and team. Once the placements have been determined, the rosters will be vetted by the WGHA Roster Selection Committee and approved by the WGHA Executive.

  • Rep Teams will be placed within an extended group of 50 in consultation with the head coach of the team. The extended group may consist of WGHA players only or with a team from another OWHA member association within or out of the Durham Region Public Health Unit Boundary. The head coach will communicate their intentions on this matter to the selected players.

  • Players will be notified of their team placement by the head coach and the players will have 48 hours to accept or decline. Those who do not receive a placement or decline are invited to join the house league program for their age group.

  • The goal of the OWHA is to get our players back to traditional 5 on 5 hockey and if the governing bodies permit traditional hockey, formal tryouts may occur at that time.

  • A player registered in an OWHA group may not be part of any other hockey participant group in Ontario.

    All plans for 2020-2021 are contingent on final approval from the Ontario Women's Hockey Association within the requirements of the local Public Health Unit and /or facility rules.

REGISTRATION

Formal registration for the 2020-21 season will open as soon as we have our payment system up and running.

In the meantime, our "Intent to Play" system is open to assist the WGHA in preparing for the 2020-21 season. There is no cost associated with "Intent to Play" registration. Players who wish to be considered for Competitive team placement must register for "Intent to Play" by September 10th at 11:59:59pm after which we will close the selection list for competitive teams. House league players can continue to register for "intent to Play" until formal registration opens. 

Please continue to check here for updates and be sure to subscribe to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to get news on the go.

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