House League/ Initiation Program Information (BLOMHA)

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House League Information for the 2019-2020 SEASON:

The season begins the last weekend of September.

What are the age-categories that BLOMHA offers in House League?

The divisions (age-categories) are based on birth year as of December 31st, 2019:

Initiation Program (4 & 5yrs) 2014 / 2015
Initiation Program (6yrs) 2013
Initiation Program (7yrs) 2012

Novice: (8 yrs) 2011 FULL 
Minor Atom: (9 yrs) 2010
Atom: (10 yrs) 2009 FULL
Minor Peewee: (11 yrs) 2008 FULL
Peewee: (12 yrs) 2007
Minor Bantam & Bantam 2005-2006 FULL
Minor Midget: (15 yrs) 2004
High School Program: (16-18 yrs) 2001-2003 - FULL

What is the tentative schedule for practices and games?

It is very important to know that there are NO morning practices Monday through Friday for any House League division. The exception to this is that House League Select teams in age groups Minor Atom through Minor Bantam will have weekday morning practice ice times.

This guide to days and times is tentative and subject to change depending on the number of teams: Teams may not be on the ice every weekend due to special events within the city. Games or practices may alternate at times.   

Teams will be on the ice one hour Saturday and Sunday between the suggested time slots below. 

Initiation Program (4-5yrs): Saturdays 7am-12pm Aldershot - Sundays 11am-4pm Wave Single Rink 

Initiation Program (6yrs): Saturdays 8am-12pm Appleby 1 - Sundays 8am-12pm Aldershot    

Initiation Program (7yrs): Saturdays 2pm-7pm Aldershot - Sundays 8:30am-12:30pm Skyway

Novice: Saturdays 8am-1pm Mountainside - Sundays 12pm-2pm & 4pm-8pm Aldershot

Minor Atom: Saturdays 8am-1pm Mainway 1 - Sundays 1pm-6pm Nelson

Atom:  Saturdays 8:00am-1:00pm Mainway 1 - Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm Nelson

Minor Peewee: Saturdays 8am-1pm Nelson - Sundays 7:30am-12:30pm Appleby 2

Peewee: Saturdays 1pm-6pm Nelson - Friday 6pm-10:00pm Appleby 3 

Minor Bantam/Bantam: Combined Division  Saturdays 8am-2pm Central 
Sunday 11:30am-5:30pm Mainway 2 (32 games + 4 practices (including playoffs).

Minor Midget: Saturdays 10am-2pm Appleby 3 - Sundays 2pm-6pm Appleby 3 (32 games + 4 practices (including playoffs)

High School Program (formerly Midget): Sundays 2pm-8pm Mainway 1 (24 games (includes playoffs)

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 2019 season. It is an online program called "Respect in Sport Parent Program". At least one parent or guardian of each player born in 2007 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 the Respect in Sport for coaching staff. This is specifically designed for Parents and therefore EVERY family is required to have at least ONE 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 team officials for leaving a sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. The Respect in Sport (RIS) program along with BLOMHA's code of conduct policy will help support parent behaviour to create a more rewarding, safe, and respectable environment for all.

Click here to take the course

Is there body-checking in House League play or at House League Select levels?

There is no body-checking within any BLOMHA House League or Select hockey program.

Is there "Tiering" in House League?

All divisions from Minor Atom through High School (formerly Midget) will be seeded into two divisions after a predetermined number of weeks and gamesThis means that BLOMHA creates two divisions (upper/lower) based on standings and then has teams within the divisions play each other. BLOMHA then holds a separate year end Minor Hockey Day Championship for both tiered divisions in each age group.

Players of all abilities play together on teams. To the best of our effort we balance House League teams with players of all abilities based on the previous season's player evaluation. Some age divisions may be created by a draft done by the Head Coaches, Directors and staff. 

How many players/goalies are on each team?

Initiation Program 4-7yrs (max. 18 players per team): In the Initiation Program 7 age group players will be rotated through the goaltending position. The goalie equipment is provided by BLOMHA through the Head Coach. Initiation Program 4/5 & 6 players do not wear goaltending equipment nor is the position assigned. 

Novice: Maximum of 17 skaters per team. Two (2) sets of goaltending equipment will be provided by BLOMHA through the Head Coach as Novice teams play half-ice games until mid January.

Minor Atom - High School: 15 skaters plus one or two goalies. Minor Atom players / teams that require goalie equipment will be issued one set by BLOMHA through the Head Coach.   

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

All players ages 7 and 8 have the opportunity to rotate through the goaltending position during the season. In Novice (8) each team will be provided with two sets of equipment.

Goalies are assigned for the season starting in the Minor Atom (9) division. Up to two goalies will be placed on teams depending on the number of goalies registered. Remember to choose the goalie position when registering online. One set of equipment will be provided for each team.

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 in the Initiation Program divisions (4-7 year olds) where scores are not kept. Please email the office with requests for these age groups only.

Are there tryouts and evaluations?

There are no tryouts for House League. Everyone is eligible to play.

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 2019 for some divisions and continues to the end of March 2020. Minor Hockey Day takes place early April 2020 for teams that qualify.

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 IP 7 to Minor Atom. Atom age goaltenders and above must have their own goalie equipment.

Registration Questions:

How do I register?

Online and office registration will open April 1st, 2019 and continue until divisions are full.

What are the fees for 2019-2020?

Fees noted below are all inclusive:

Initiation Program 4-5-6-7 & Novice  $520.00     Starting July 15th- $570.00

Minor Atom - Minor Bantam              $540.00     Starting July 15th- $590.00

Bantam - Minor Midget                     $600.00     Starting July 15th- $650.00

High School (formerly Midget)           $500.00     Starting July 15th- $550.00


Is there a discount for multiple players in one family?

The third and subsequent child registered in one family receives a $200.00 discount. 

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 2019 (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, 2019 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 (medical only). 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:

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 the "Coaches/Volunteers" TAB   


How do I obtain coaching certification?

Head Coaches in House League must have a minimum Coach 2 Level certification and RIS (Respect in Sport). Clinics will be held in September in Burlington. Check our website under the "Coaches/Volunteers" TAB and then click on "Coaching Certification Requirements"

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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