About House League
GMHA House League provides the opportunity for over 900 players from U9 through U18 to play the game we all love.
The GMHA House League season begins in late September / early October (can vary by age and year). The season concludes with Championship Weekend in March.
Our Association could not exist without a devoted and enthusiastic group of volunteer parents and non-parents. Our hope is that our youth will discover the warm fellowship of team play, the friendly rivalry of competition, leadership and athletic skills, and a vision for the 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 to 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.
U9 House League Program Structure
At the U9 age group, House League is the low frequency, recreational experience for 8 year-old players.
Read More About Low Frequency vs High Frequency
The program runs for roughly 19 weeks (depending on each season's calendar) including a 2 week break over the holidays.
Each week includes 1 practice (Saturday) and 1 game (Sunday).
In line with Hockey Canada's U9 Player Pathway, games are played in a half-ice format for the first part of the season before transitioning to full-ice in January.
Accessing Additional Skill Development
Players participating in U9 House League (either because they are not interested in the Advanced Development Program or because they were not selected for an ADP team), have the option to access additional skill development opportunities for an additional fee.
Registration for House League is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Returning House League players will use their Hockey Canada password and email address to login and complete the registration.
New players will create an account and then proceed with registration.
At the time of registration:
- All players must be paid in full.
- One parent from each family must complete the Respect in Sport parent program online. (Just one time per player's career.)