Tryout Guidelines (Whitby Girls Hockey Association)

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2019-20 Season Representative tryouts will run from April 22- May 6 , 2019

The WGHA is always striving to remain innovative and competitive in the world of woman’s hockey.  Our competitive program has always maintained depth and success from within and we are always looking to further the development of player and coaches.

The WGHA has made many changes over the past few years with our competitive program. Some have been very successful while others have proven to be non-beneficial. As we move into the 2019/20 season, we will be reviewing all programs in place and see if there are any changes that may have a further positive impact on the development of our players and coaches.  The WGHA Is always looking for ways to keep our competitive edge.

Heading into this season the Major/Minor split at the Pee Wee A and Bantam A level was under scrutiny.  Feedback from parents, coaches and development experts was requested and based upon the input received a decision was made to revise the Rep A program.  Both Bantam and Pee Wee will continue with 2 A teams but with a different format.  Bantam will move to a program more inline with the Midget program of A1 and A2 teams.  Pee Wee will also see 2 A teams, but these teams will be balanced, as best as possible, to produce two equally competitive teams.   

The two A teams at both Pee Wee and Bantam has allowed more players to play a higher level of hockey, which has stimulated their development. By icing two “A” teams designated by age group it increases the opportunities for players to play at a higher level in both their minor and major years. So, from this aspect the program has been a success. 

Midget will offer an AA, A1, A2/BB and BB/B format for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

In the upcoming 2019/20 season there is more change coming.  Many of you have heard of the revisions to our novice Rep program.  The OWHA and Hockey Canada have mandated a new development model which will see the Rep level players playing games on half ice.  This program has shown that there is better skill development and engagement from the players.  We are looking to have more info up on the WGHA website regarding this program over the coming days.

We have recently concluded our 2019/20 Rep Coaching Process and we would like to thank all who applied and congratulate those successful in the process.  We are very fortunate to have such a large wealth of experienced coaches within our organization.  Of course, there are applicants, parents, even players who may not be happy with some of the coaching choices, but rest assure that these decisions are not easy and very difficult to make. There are many moving parts to this process and many of you may not be aware of situations, reasons, or contingency planning that dictate why certain decisions must be made for the betterment of our program.  We remain confident in our previous decisions as in our decisions moving forward.

We thank you for your continued support of the WGHA.   As an executive we are focused on building the best programs that will lead to the development and sustainability of our association.

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