FAQ (St. George Minor Hockey)

This section of the website contains information about us, answers to frequently asked questions and information on who to contact regarding other questions.

 

ABOUT US
We are located in St. George, Ontario, Canada and play out of the South Dumfries Community Center 7 Gaukel Dr., St. George ON (519.448.1831)


Our mailing address is:
   PO Box 59

   St. George, Ontario

   N0E 1N0

St. George Minor Hockey is a member of Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).  All players in the Association are affiliated with Hockey Canada (H.C.) and will conform to player categories as established by the constitution of H.C.

We are an association that fields local league, A/E and Representative (Rep) teams. The local league teams play within Grand River Local League.  Typically, the teams would compete against other local league in the surrounding area. These areas include (but not limited to) Woolwich, Paris, St. George, Twin Centre and Beverly. The A/E and Representative teams play within the Southern Counties League. Depending on the number of teams within their division in any given season, these teams could play in a variety of centres including (but not limited to) Alymer, Ingersoll, Port Dover, Tavistock, Hagersville and Caledonia. Please refer to the OMHA website under Southern Counties for a more detailed list.

To register with us you MUST live within our boundaries as established by the OMHA. Please contact us to determine if you are in our boundaries.

 

The mission statement for the SGMHA is To support the youth of our community in a positive hockey experience

 

SGMHA (St. George Minor Hockey Association)
All authority of the SGMHA shall reside and be exercised by the Board. The Board shall in general be responsible for all aspects of the hockey program, for establishing the strategic and policy goals of the SGMHA and to ensure that all it's By-Laws, rules and policies are administered fairly and equitably and where necessary to adjudicate and resolve disputes.
The SGMHA Board is comprised of;

 

President*

Vice President 1*

Vice President 2*

Vice President 3*

Vice President 4*

Treasurer*

Secretary*

Junior Convenor*

Senior Convenor*

Registrar

Coach Mentor

OMHA Representative

Scheduler - Ice

Scheduler – Time/Score Keepers

Director at Large (could be multiple positions)

 

 

* Denotes part of the Executive

** Vice Presidents will select a function based on their area of experience and interest i.e. Fundraising, Communications, Training, etc.

 

HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOCKEY IN ST. GEORGE

WHAT AGES CAN REGISTER?

Players from ages 3 to 21 may register with us to play within their age appropriate division as listed below - based on the age of the participant as of December 31 of the current year.

AGE

LEVEL

3

Beginner

4,5,6

U7 (Initiation Program -Junior &Senior)

7,8

U9 (Novice)

9,10

U11 (Atom)

11,12

U13 (Peewee)

13,14

U15 (Bantam)

15,16,17

U18 (Midget)

18,19,20

U21 (Juvenile)

  

CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD IN A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP?
No. Players are to be registered within their age group. All players go through our evaluation process in the fall and in the very rare case a child may be moved up a division but this is only done in special circumstances.

WHEN DO THEY PLAY AND PRACTICE?
Game and practice times are not always consistent. Each year it depends on our registration numbers as well as the ice times we receive from the township. Generally, Rep and A/E teams will practice 1-2 times a week and play 1 home + 1 away game.  Local League teams will practice once a week and play 1 game (home or away).  

SGMH is committed to the developement of our players and will offer power skating, shooting and goalie lessons, which will be in addition to the times listed above.

HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
The playing season runs from generally Oct to March. Rep and A/E tryouts start in early September with Local League evaluations following close behind in mid-September. Depending on a team's performance in the season they could be playing in provincial finals into early April.

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?

Equipment List:

  • CSA approved Helmet with face cage (clear or wire)
  • neck protector
  • mouth guard
  • shoulder pads
  • elbow pads
  • hockey gloves
  • knee/shin pads
  • hockey skates
  • athletic jock (or jill for girls)
  • hockey pants
  • hockey socks (will be provided by association each year)
  • hockey jersey (for practice, home and away)
  • hockey stick
  • hockey tape (for stick and socks)

* The association supplies game shirts for only U7 players and 1st year U9 players
* The association supplies goalie equipment up to the Novice level if required.  By Atom the expectation is that goalies have their own equipment. 


WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE BEGINNER PROGRAM?

  • Our intention is to focus on skating and basic stick and puck handling
  • Parents are required to assist their child on the ice until the child can skate on their own
  • There will be every attempt to set the BEGINNER ice times to make them consistent.
  • Game sweaters/socks are sponsored by Tim Horton's.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT U7 (INITIATION PROGRAM)?

  • Our intention is to focus on the basics with our IP program.
  • Development is the focus at the start of the season with teams formed later being based on the player’s ability.
  • Senior IP games are played amongst other teams from surrounding associations and generally begin in November in that given season. These games are considered exhibition in nature and are organized by the Jr Convenor and/or the Registrar.
  • There will be every attempt to set the IP ice times to make them consistent.
  • Game sweaters/socks are sponsored by Tim Horton's.

HOW DO I GET A JERSEY?

  • U7 (Beginner – Sr IP) – SGMH will provide a Timbits jersey and matching socks for your child
  • 1st year U9 (Novice) – SGMH will provide a home and away jersey for your child with their name on the back, you will just need to pick a number from the available numbers list
  • 2nd year U9 - On (Novice – Juvenile) – You are responsible for your jersey(s). If your jersey(s) from last year still fits, you can wear it again.  If you require a new jersey, you can visit Brant Sports and order a new one with your current number and sponsor if you have one to offset the cost

WHERE CAN I BUY SWAG?

Swag can be purchased through Brant Sports – 415 Fairview Drive, Brantford or 19 Broadway Street W, Paris.

WHEN ARE TEAM PICTURES?

SGMH will be arranging a single day in September for all of the teams to have individual and team pictures taken.  Please watch the website for the specific day and times.

WHEN IS REGISTRATION?
Registration begins in April to allow any players wishing to tryout for AAA/A to obtain the necessary paperwork and will run until August 1st.  This allows us the necessary time to identify the number of teams and prepare for tryouts and evaluations in the late summer / early fall. Watch the website for registration dates as they are posted as soon as they are set.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Once fees are set for a given season they are published on this website. Each season fees are subject to change based on changes to ice costs, insurance costs and the cost of officials...to name a few items.

Please refer to the REGISTRATION tab to find the most recent seasons registration fees for an idea of what the costs are.

In addition to registration the following fees are also possible depending on your choices:

  • Representative and A/E Tryout Fee: for Atom to Midget divisions for those players wishing to tryout for Rep and A/E.  Fees are determined by the association and are payable before your child gets on the ice for the first tryout
  • Representative and A/E Fee: for those Atom to Midget players who are successful in their bid for a spot on a Rep or A/E team.  Fees are determined by the association and are payable before the start of the season.

Team Account: Once they are formed, many teams will also collect funds for an account to cover costs such as tournaments, additional ice time, referees for exhibition games, year end team parties etc.   The team manager will have more info regarding team fees once teams are finalized.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
Refunds will only be given by using the refund process as outlined in the SGMH Rules of Operation.   

GRANTS AND SPECIAL ASSISTANCE?
St George Minor Hockey is happy to have created a bursary fund for those families that find it tough to find the finances required to play hockey in St George. Also, there are programs available to minor hockey players experiencing a difficult time raising the funds to participate. One such program is Jump Start. 


DO YOU HAVE BODY CHECKING?
Body checking is as per the following chart:

Division

Local League

A/E

Representative

U7 (Initiation Program)

No checking

n/a

n/a

U9 (Novice)

No checking

No checking

No checking

U11 (Atom)

No checking

No checking

No checking

U13 (Peewee)

No checking

No checking

No checking

U15 (Bantam)

No checking

Checking

Checking

U18 (Midget)

No checking

Checking

Checking

U21 (Juvenile)

No checking

Checking

Checking


WILL BODY CHECKING CLINICS BE OFFERED?
St. George Minor Hockey will host a Body Checking clinic each year to those players that are moving into Bantam and/or be playing on a Rep/AE team for the first time. This will consist of a 2hr session - 1hr in class and 1hr on ice.

WHEN DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS BEGIN?

Rep tryouts for Peewee – Juvenile will begin on or around the first week of September, and Novice – Atom tryouts begin the 3rd week of September. All times and locations and any other information is always posted on the www.stgeorgegenerals.ca. Keep an eye on the site!

 
HOW DO THE TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS WORK?

  • If your player has indicated during registration that they are interested in Rep or A/E
    • Rep and A/E: made up of those players who have been successful at the Rep or A/E tryouts. Players who are not successful at the Rep or A/E tryouts proceed to the local league evaluations.
  • Those players who do not make the above teams OR those who selected to play Local League upon registration are evaluated and based on their abilities are formed into teams under the Local League structure.  It is the objective of the SGMHA is to have equally skilled Local League teams at all levels.

Note: The number of teams at any given level is dependent on the abilities and number of registrants.

PROCESS TO TRYOUT FOR AAA?

In order for a player to for AAA/A, they would need to register with SGMH and obtain a “Permission to Skate form”.  This form needs to be signed by one of the following current members of the SGMHA board, the President, Secretary or the Registrar.  The signed form needs to be completed before the player can participate on the ice for AAA/A tryouts.  Players can only tryout for their associations closet resident centre.  In the instance of St. George, this center is Brantford.  If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to reach out to the Registrar.

CAN YOU PLEASE UPDATE MY EMAIL (PHONE NUMBER… ETC.)?

Now that you are registered with us through Hockey Canada Registration you can, at any time, go back into the system, and make these types of changes. Using the ID and password that you setup the first time you went into the system simply go in and using edit you can adjust your information. This will ensure that your information is always current. You will find our associations registration website at https://registration.hockeycanada.ca/registration/?ID=5263.

I HAVE SENT EMAILS AND NO ONE HAS RESPONDED
All of our volunteers work for a living. Phone calls and emails are generally returned in the evenings or on weekends. Please be patient, as most of our board members will make every attempt to get back to you as soon as possible.


WHO DO I CONTACT WITH OTHER QUESTIONS I HAVE?
Once teams are in place, there is a normal protocol to be followed regarding most questions and concerns you may have. You should start with your parent rep and coach, who should escalate if necessary, to the convenor etc... However, many questions not of that nature may be directed as noted below

  • By Laws: President
  • Coaching: Convenor
  • Cheques: Treasurer
  • Equipment: Vice President of Fundraising
  • Representative: Junior or Senior Convenor
  • Hockey Development: President
  • Local League: Junior or Senior Convenor
  • Ice: Ice Scheduler
  • Registration: Registrar
  • Rosters: Registrar
  • Sponsorship: Vice President of Fundraising
  • Tournaments: Tournament Convenor

 (Names and contact information for the people filling the roles indicated above can be found under the 'About Us' tab for the current season)

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