2020 Representative Program: Registration OPEN, News (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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2020 Representative Program: Registration OPEN
Submitted By Jane Sedo on Friday, September 11, 2020
WMHA is excited to announce that registration is now open. 

Welcome back to hockey!

The WMHA Board is working hard to ensure we can return to the ice safely and all get back to the game we love.

Last month the OHF (Ontario Hockey Federation) released their Return to Hockey Framework which outlines the various stages and phases of returning to traditional hockey. 




We are currently we are in Stage 3b.  This stage allows for programming, primarily aimed at getting the players back to hockey and concentrating on their development. Traditional representative hockey will not be permitted to happen until we move to Stage 4.  As such, there are no tryouts or evaluations allowed until we reach that point. We are hopeful this may happen in early 2021, however, our planning models allow for multiple scenarios.

With that said, our return to hockey this fall will be different. Stage 3b of our Return to Hockey will look very different from traditional Rep hockey. As we know the pandemic has altered so much of our everyday lives, and in turn amateur sports as we have known them. We know this may be disappointing, however, we are hopeful that everyone will embrace and support our next steps.

WMHA will need the support of our entire hockey community to help coaches, volunteers, and players make their way back to the ice. Over the past month we have been working to develop an organized, competitive and safe program for players and coaches.


We understand the importance hockey plays in the emotional and physical well-being of our players, and we are committed to supporting their return to hockey.

WMHA Rep Program

WMHA Rep players will have three ice times per week; the duration of each ice-time will vary between 60 minutes or 90 minutes.

U14 and below will play games once a week and alternate between Edge Hockey development and coach-led practices. U15 and above players will play 2 games per week and participate in a coach-led practice once a week. All WMHA Rep players will receive a unique 2020 jersey to be worn during game-play or at practice. 

There will be flexibility in our program as we progress through the OHF Return to Hockey stages.

Please note that registration will remain open until September 25th


Players will be grouped with players of similar skill and ability. This process will be guided by team placement from 2019-2020 season.

Divisions
  • Players will be grouped by Tier 1 (AAA & AA) Tier 2 (A, AE, MD), dependent on registration numbers
  • Tiers will be created with a maximum of 50 players - referred to as a cohort or bubble
  • Players will play only within WMHA during Stage 3b, until otherwise directed by the OMHA
  • All Rep coaches previously named for the 2020 -2021 season retain the opportunity to coach with WMHA
  • If additional coaches are required they will be assigned by the Rep Committee
Team Composition
  • Up to 9 skaters and 1 goalie
  • Two staff (coach and trainer) can be on the bench during a game
  • Teams will be formed by draft with named coaches
  • Players registered with WMHA in 2019-2020 on a WMHA Representative team are eligible to register
  • Players on AAA waivers are eligible to return to WMHA this season or stay with the association where they were registered in the 2019-20 season
Game Format 
  • All hockey is non-contact
  • Games will be 4 on 4
  • No face-offs
  • 5 min warm-up
  • 2 x 21 or 2 x 22 minute periods (age-dependent)
  • U9 and below players will play half-ice hockey for the duration of the season
More specifics related to the game format will be made available in October once players return to the ice. Players will return to the ice in early October and the season is planned to run for 20 weeks, concluding at the end of February.

Fees

Our Association has been faced with some challenging decisions over the past month. Increased costs and lost revenue have forced us to change the structure of our registration fee. 

The 2020-21 WMHA Registration Fee will be paid in two installments this season. The first installment is due upon registration and is $400, the second installment of $250 is due January 1st, 2021. Please ensure you select staggered payments when processing your registration through the Hockey Canada website. This payment option is available after you checkout

Rep players are also required to pay monthly for ice costs, development and games. Please note, the cost of this program will not exceed $1,700 per player. 
  


The full payment schedule, including Registration Fee and the monthly Rep Fee, is as follows:

Proposed Maximum
Rep Fees 2020 – 2021
Due at registration $400
October 15th $280
November 1st $270
December 1st $260
January 1st *rem Reg fee $250
February 1st $240
Total Cost $1,700
 

The February installment will be determined once registration is finalized, with the total not exceeding $1,700.

WMHA Refund Policy

Register

Please ensure you select staggered payments when processing your registration through the Hockey Canada website. This payment option is available after you checkoutIf you played Rep hockey in 2019-2020 and want to play House League this year, you must select House League (last season) in the online registration form. If you need assistance completing your registration please contact us. REGISTER NOW

Registration will remain open until September 25th. 

Player Safety

These are the current guidelines with all of our stakeholders and are subject to change as we move through the various phases of reopening. 
  • One spectator per player will be permitted into the arena.
  • Durham Health Unit permits up to 50 people within each arena. 
  • The Town of Whitby allows a maximum of 20 skaters on the ice at one time.
  • Players, parents, coaches and game officials will be required to complete a health screening check before each ice-time. WMHA volunteers will be required to maintain contact tracing records.
  • We will be looking for a volunteer from each team to act as the Communication Manager. They will be responsible for facilitating health screening, recording attendance and for disseminating information to players and parents related to COVID-19.
  • At this time, dressing room access will be limited. Players are expected to come to the rink with the majority of their equipment on. The Town of Whitby will be providing further direction related to where players can put on their remaining items.
  • Anyone entering the arena will be required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are not required to be worn while on the ice.
More details related to player safety will be communicated as we progress but WMHA encourages all parents and players to read the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines

Please note, our program must still be approved by the OMHA and Durham Public Health Unit, therefore changes may occur prior to our official start. We remain committed to sharing information with you as it becomes available. Please ensure you visit the website and follow us on social media for updates.

It will take a strong collective effort from our volunteers, coaches, players, and parents to ensure a safe and positive return to hockey. We are confident our hockey community will meet this challenge and we look forward to seeing you at the rink soon.

Thank you - WMHA 
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