House League (U9 to U18) (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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House League provides the opportunity to over 1000 players to play the game we all love. GMHA House League Season will commence the early-mid October, with pre-season evaluation skates take place near the end of September. A detailed schedule of evaluation skates, season games and practices will be available on the website mid August. The season concludes with Championship Weekend in end of March/early April.

Our Association could not exist without a devoted and enthusiastic group of volunteer parents and non-parents.  Our hope is that through the players experience our youth will discover the warm fellowship of team play, the friendly rivalry of competition, leadership and athletic skills, and a vision for their future. We work to provide a fun and comfortable environment, where players are taught the knowledge and skills required to play the game. 

Every House League division has a Convenor and each team is assigned a bench consisting of a Head Coach, Assistant Coach (es) and a Trainer.  All bench staff are subject to a mandatory Police Records Check and are required to complete the designated OMHA coaching certification programs pertaining to the division in which they are participating. 

Together we will strive to work with a clear commitment to excellence, with the very best interests of our youth foremost in our minds and with a vivid attitude of pride in our association, our city, our country and the game of hockey.

Work hard, have fun and enjoy the season.

How Does House League Work?

Players take part in 2 weeks of pre-season evaluation skates that transpire over 2 weekends, in order to gauge each players abilities and to help ensure we create well balanced teams for the season. The teams are selected by the division Coaches and the Convenor and further team balancing decision are made by the Director of House League where required. Players will be notified around the middle of August as to the start of the pre-season evaluations and when the regular season begins. Once pre-skate evaluations are completed, you are then drafted to your HL team, for the season to begin early Oct.

During the season U9:
-Will have practices on Saturdays and Sundays until mid November
-Starting mid November, Sunday's will change to half ice games
-Starting early January, half ice games will change to full ice games for the remainder of the season
-There are no playoffs in the age group or championship weekend. For the final weekend of U9, Saturday is a skills competition and Sunday is full ice games with balanced teams playing one another

During the season, U10-U16:
-Will have practices on Saturdays and games on Sundays
-Playoff commence the beginning of February
-Championship weekend is the weekend prior to Easter

During the season, U18:
-Plays only games that will commence on Sunday and Wednesday evenings
-Playoff commence the beginning of February
-Championship weekend is the weekend prior to Easter
-U18 players have a special skills competition on the Saturday of the Championship weekend with prizes and giveaways

Key Points About House League:
1. Our house league program in all divisions is non body contact, and all games and practices are in Guelph.

2. Each player receives a team jersey, pair of team socks along with an individual player and team picture from picture day.
3. All players and rostered bench staff are covered under Hockey Canada Insurance policy as the GMHA is a sanctioned member of this association.
4. Team are eligible to participate in all Hockey Canada sanctioned tournaments for extra game/team building experience.
5. House League greatly relies on the generosity of sponsors and volunteers. See below links to volunteer or sponsor within House League




House League Select: 

House League Select is offered in conjunction with our house league program. In addition to your child's house league team they will also play 3 games a month with this Select team, which are played as home and away games, and have one additional practices a week. The Select team will eligible to compete in 3 tournaments during the active season.

In order for your child to play Select, your player must partake in the tryout process which runs early September. Each age group is provided 2 separate , 1 hour, on-ice tryouts. If your player is selected to play on this team, you will have an additional Select fee expense which is paid to the team by November. This extra fee will cover your extra games and practice ice, along with the cost of home and away Rep jerseys and socks.

In order to participate in Select tryouts, you must live in our residential boundaries to be eligible to attend tryouts for the Select Program. If you purchased a rep pass in the spring for our AAA, AA, A, or BB teams, you do not have to purchase a select pass as this is included in the Rep tryout pass. If you are interested in trying out for the select program but did not purchased a pass in the spring, please watch the home page of our website for details, tryout schedule and to purchase a pass for $25.00.



How to register:
Registration for House League is a first come first served bases, so register sooner than later before divisions fill. If you are a returning HL player you will use your Hockey Canada password and e-mail address to login and complete the registration. New players will create and account and then proceed with the registration. To register please go to our registration tab The registration site will set your child automatically in their correct division by age.

At the time you sign your child up for house league, in order to comply with GMHA and Hockey Canada Ruling all plays must be paid in full and 1 parent from each family participating in this program must complete the Respect in Sport parent program which is completed on line. This course only needs to be completed once. If you then have an additional child starting in the future you will need to go back into this course site to the child management section and add the addition child.  These above two items must be completed before you will receive call or email to start the season. You will find the course link under the registration tab on our website. You will be provided a code to submit at the end of this course which takes care of the payment needed.