Frequently Asked Questions (BLOMHA)

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Below you will find Answers to Questions regarding Registration, Becoming a Team Official and General Inquiries.


General Questions 2017-2018 SEASON

What are the age-categories that BLOMHA offers in House League?
The divisions (age categories) are based on birth year.

The divisions (age categories) are based on birth year as of December 31st, 2017.

Initiation Program (4 & 5) 2012 /2013
Initiation Program (formerly Tyke): (6) 2011
Pre Novice: (7) 2010
Novice: (8) 2009
Minor Atom: (9) 2008
Atom: (10) 2007
Minor Peewee: (11) 2006
Peewee: (12) 2005
Minor Bantam: (13) 2004
Bantam: (14) 2003
Minor Midget: (15) 2002
Midget (16-18) 1999-2001

What is the tentative schedule for practices and games? All Teams will be on the ice a minimum of thirty-five (35) times between late September/Early April for practices/games.

It is very important to know that there are NO morning practices Monday through Friday for any division.

There will be 5:00pm practices Tuesday through Friday that will be assigned to the Development Program (4-5yr olds). The practice will be on the same day once assigned. We will attempt to accommodate special requests for transportation or evening requests in the Development 4/5 division only because of the early weeknight hour.

This guide is tentative and subject to change depending on the number of teams:

Initiation Program 4-5: Saturdays -8am-1pm Aldershot - 5-6pm Tuesday -Friday different rinks 

Initiation Program 6 (formerly Tyke): Sundays - 8:30am-1:30pm Skyway - Saturdays 1:00pm-6:00pm Aldershot

Pre Novice: Saturdays - 8am-12pm Mountainside Arena 8am-12pm  Sundays - 7:30am-11:30am Mainway B

Novice: Saturdays - 8am-12pm Central Arena   Sundays 8am-12pm Aldershot Arena 

Minor Atom: Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm Mainway B   Sundays - 1pm-5pm Nelson Arena

Atom: Saturdays - 8am-12pm Appleby 1    Sundays - 11:30pm-3:30pm Mainway B

Minor Peewee: Saturdays - 8am-1pm Nelson Arena    Sundays - 7:30am-11:30am Appleby 2

Peewee: Saturdays - 7am-11am Appleby 3    Sundays - 11:30am-3:30pm Appleby 2

Minor Bantam: Saturdays - 11am-2pm Appleby 3   Fridays 7pm-10pm Skyway

Bantam: Saturdays - 10am-1pm Mainway A   Sundays - 3:30pm-6:30pm Appleby 2

Minor Midget: Saturdays 12pm-3pm Mountainside   Sundays - 3:30pm-6:30pm Mainway B 

Midget: Sundays - 3pm-8pm Mainway A

Where do I go to take the Parent Respect in Sport and what is it?

BLOMHA has joined Hockey Associations across the country who are requiring parents to take part in a Hockey Canada program before the start of the 2017 season.  It is an online program called "Respect in Sport Parent Program". At least one parent or guardian of each player born in 2005 or later is required to complete this program as a condition of participation.

The program takes one hour to complete and allows users to progress at their own convenience.  The cost is $12.00 per family and payment can be made online.  The fee goes to Hockey Canada, which administers the program.  A certificate along with a completion number will be provided (one per family) and that information will be added into the Hockey Canada database.  This program must be completed prior to your child starting the season or they will not be permitted to participate until it is completed.

Once completed, you can print out your certificate for your records.  Note: The Blomha office does not need a copy of this certificate, as Hockey Canada is electronically attached to Respect in Sport and we see your completion of the course in your child's profile. 

This program is different from Speak Out and Respect in Sport for coaching staff.  This is specifically designed for Parents and therefore EVERY family is required to have at leastONE parent take this specific program.  Those families that have already completed the program (perhaps through another sport or another child enrolled in BLOMHA) will not have to repeat the program, providing they have the supporting documentation.  You can get that documentation by clicking the link below and logging in with the username and password you used when you took the course.  You can then print out a confirmation page.  

 One of the most common reasons cited by coaches, managers and officials of all ages leaving a sport is unacceptable parent behavior.  The "Respect in Sport" program along with BLOMHA's code of conduct policy will help support parent behavior to create a more rewarding, safe, and respectable environment for all.

 Click here to take the course

Instructions to register for the program are located here:
Suggested User Instructions

Is There Body-Checking in House League Play or in House League "Select Teams"?
There is no body-checking in either the house league program or House League Select .

Is There Tiering in House League?

Players of all abilities play together on teams. To the best of our ability we balance teams with players of all abilities based on players who are evaluated in September and returning players who are evaluated according to the previous season's report. We also seed all divisions for playoffs from Pre-Novice - Midget where there are at least eight teams. This means that we create two divisions upper/lower based on standings and then have two divisions play each other and then we have a separate Minor Hockey Day for both Divisions.

How many players/goalies are on each team?

Initiation 4-5-6- (18 players per team) Pre-Novice , Novice: Maximum of 17 players. From Pre-Novice to Novice age groups, players that are willing will be rotated through the goalie position. The goalie equipment is provided by BLOMHA for the Initiation Program 6 (formerly Tyke) through Novice divisions through the head coach. Development players do not wear goalie equipment. 

Minor Atom to Minor Midget: Maximum of 15 skaters per team plus either one or two goalies. Minor Atom teams that require goalie equipment will be issued one set to the Head Coach in the event they have a goalie assigned to their team who does not have a full set.   

Midget: New - 2017-2018 Season - Sunday afternoon/evening games, A minimum of 24 games guaranteed, including playoffs. No games on holiday weekends or Superbowl Sunday. Get your buddies together and sign up to a maximum of ten (10) players to your team. Maximum of 15 skaters per team and two goalies.

At what age can I register my player as a goalie?

Goalies are assigned for the season starting in the Minor Atom division, 9 years old. Up to two goalies will be placed on teams depending on the number of goalies registering.  Remember to choose the goalie position when registering online. One set of equipment will be assigned to teams who require equipment.

Can I request a specific coach or friend?

Unfortunately we cannot accept special requests for coaches or friends as we must balance teams with players of all abilities. However the Head Coach may protect up to four players (one of which is his/her own) whose parents are volunteering on the team as trainer or assistant coaches.

The exception to this is at the Development 4/5 and Tyke (6) divisions where scores are not kept. Please email the office with requests for these divisions only.

Are there tryouts and evaluations?

There are no tryouts for house league.  Everyone is eligible to play.  Evaluation sessions will be arranged in early September for anyone new to the league or any returning player that was not with a Blomha House League Team in the 2016-17 season. Players must Remember to indicate you are new when registering online.  Players will be contacted via email with evaluation dates and times and this information will also be posted on our web site.

My son/daughter has a disability, is he/she eligible to play?

BLOMHA recognizes its' obligations to accommodate players pursuant to the grounds enumerated under the Ontario Human Rights Code.  In the event that accommodation may be required, please contact the BLOMHA office to discuss this matter at the time of registration.

How long is the season?

The season starts late September for some divisions and continues to the end of March 2018.  Minor Hockey Day takes place April 7, 2018 for teams that qualify. BLOMHA  House League teams are on the ice more then any other hockey organization in Burlington and in most cases at a lower cost.

Development 4/5 and Tyke (6 year olds) start late September or early October and finish early March. 

What equipment is required?

CSA approved hockey helmet / chin strap properly fastened
CSA approved facial protector properly fastened
BNQ approved neck guard
Hockey Pants
Athletic support and cup / jill for girls
Mouth guard not mandatory but recommended
Shoulder Pads
Elbow Pads
Hockey Gloves
Knee/shin pads
Hockey socks (supplied as part of registration)
Hockey Jersey (supplied as part of registration)
Water bottle - players must use their own bottle at all times
Hockey Stick (tape)
The association supplies goalie equipment to each team from Tyke to Minor Atom.  Atom age goaltenders and above must have their own goalie equipment.

Registration Questions

How do I register?

Online and in office registration will open May 1, 2017 and continue until divisions are full.

What are the fees? 2017-2018 

Fees noted below are all inclusive (no taxes added). No HST.

Initiation Program 4-5-6 $475.00

Pre-Novice/Atom     $500.00

Minor Peewee - Minor Bantam $550.00

Bantam - Minor Midget  $575.00

Midget - $550.00


Is there a discount for multiple players in one family?

The third and subsequent child registered for house league in one family receive $200 off their total registration fee.

What is the refund policy? House League:

All refunds must be requested in person at the BLOMHA office. Refunds will be given by cheque and may take up to two weeks to process.

A $75 administration fee will apply for withdrawing from the House League program prior to the start of the season 2017 (first on ice session). Sweater/Socks Must be returned to the office before refund is processed.

50% of total fees will be refunded for any withdrawals during the month of October. Sweater/Socks must be returned to the office before refund is processed.

No refunds after October 31, 2017 unless it is for medical reasons and a Doctors note is supplied indicating that the player is unable to return to hockey for the remainder of the season. Player(s) will receive 50% of the registration fee up to December 31st. Sweater/Socks to be returned before refund is processed. Absolutely No Refunds after December 31st. 

I just moved... do I have to do anything special?

If you have just moved to Burlington from another City within Ontario, please fill out the residential move form available at the office and and submit it to the BLOMHA office with accompanying documents. 

If you moved within Burlington, please fill out the local move form and submit to the BLOMHA office so your records can be updated. RESIDENTIAL MOVE FORM -Local

If you are moving to Burlington from another Province and you were registered with Hockey Canada in your former City you will need to fill out the Branch transfer. Interbranch Transfer Form

Team Official's Questions (coaches/trainers etc..)

I would like to volunteer on the bench. What do I have to do to get placed on a team?

Register yourself as a Head Coach/Ass't Coach/Trainer online.
Direction on this can be found under "Volunteers"   


How do I obtain coaching certification?

Head coaches in House League must have at minimum Coach Stream 1 certification and Respect in Sport.  Clinics will be held early September & mid October in Burlington. Check our web page under "Volunteers" then click "Certification". 

How do I obtain trainer's certification?

The Hockey Canada's Trainer's Certification course can be completed online. Indicate "Burlington Alliance or AH-Alliance" when prompted for Association during sign up. (not OMHA)
Link to Trainer's Course

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