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Howie's Spring Hockey League FAQ

HOWIES SPRING HOCKEY LEAGUE - FAQ
 

1. WHAT PLAYERS ARE WELCOME IN THIS LEAGUE?  
ALL HOCKEY PLAYERS ARE WELCOME!! The HOWIES Spring League is Open to both Boys and Girls, with Beginner, Intermediate (House), and Advanced (Travel) players the league guarantees every skater an equal opportunity to play with equal ice time. The league is designed for ALL players to have FUN and at the same time improve their skills in Skating and Team Play!
2. WHEN DOES THE HOWIES LEAGUE START/END?

Evaluations will be held in mid-late April. Games will begin in early May and the season will conclude Mid-July for Div 1, Late-July for Div 5&6, and Early August for Div 3&4.

3. WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The league is priced by Age Division. Each division includes a fixed number of ice times. HOWIES team jerseys (with player name and number), & matching socks are included.

DIVISION AGES PRACTICES GAMES COST
 DIV 1 Half Ice 2103-2017 3 PRACTICES 10 GAMES $175
DIV 3 Full Ice 2013-2015 3 PRACTICES 14 GAMES $225
DIV 4 2011-2012 3 PRACTICES 14 GAMES $225
DIV 5 2009-2010 3 PRACTICES 14 GAMES $240
DIV 6 2006-2008 2 PRACTICES 12 GAMES $240

 

4. WHERE/WHEN ARE THE GAMES PLAYED?

All Games are played at Holiday and Leisure Rinks on either Saturday or Sunday. There may be an occasional game played during the week if needed.

5. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Full equipment is required. We offer all equipment options in our Hockey Shops at Holiday & Leisure Rinks.

6. HOW ARE TEAMS CREATED?

All participants are required to attend an evaluation session, where they will receive a “rating”. The commissioner, Tim Driscoll, will balance out the competition as well as considering player requests to make each team balanced.  The league plays a stop time format of A-B-C lines.  Where all players receive equal ice time playing against similar competition.

7. WHAT IS THE EVALUATION SESSION?

The evaluation sessions are ice times set aside for all participants to attend before the teams are formed. At the evaluations, staff will run the skaters through various drills to determine a rating for each skater. This will then transfer to the league commissioner to form balanced teams. The evaluation skate is also a time to determine if a player is enrolled in the proper division for his/her skill set. Our goal is to make sure everyone is placed correctly!

8. CAN I PICK WHICH TEAM I PLAY ON?
No. Teams will be formed by the league commissioner after all evaluations have been completed. However, each player is allowed to request 1 Player/1 Coach. The league will do its best to accommodate requests, however balanced competition is the most important determinant of placement.
 
9. CAN I SUBMIT A COMPLETE TEAM?

No. The HOWIES Spring Hockey League is for individual applicants only.

10. WHO ARE THE COACHES?

Coaches are experienced volunteers who submit an application for review and are selected by the league commissioner.

11. WHEN WILL THE SCHEDULE BE OUT?

The schedule is released after teams are formed in April - following Player Evaluations and Divisional Coaches meetings.

12. HOW MANY GAMES WILL WE PLAY A WEEK?

A typical week will have one game on either Saturday or Sunday. There may be a single weekend where teams may play twice. The final week of the season will be a “Positional Round” based on current standings.  Trophies will be awarded to the winner of the Conference Championship game played between the top 2 teams in the conference.

13. WILL THERE BE PRACTICES?

There will be a designated number of practices per division - all scheduled prior to the start of games. This allows a team to become familiar with each other and the coach. Teams are also eligible to purchase additional practice at a discounted rate.

14. ARE STANDINGS AND STATS POSTED ONLINE?

Yes. Team, Player, and Goalie stats will be tracked and posted at Holidayrinks.com for Divisions 3 thru 6.  Division 1, being a beginner division, played half ice, will not have not keep statistics.

15. HOW DO GOALIES APPLY?

Goalies are welcome to register in ALL divisions. You can register as a Full-Time or Part-Time goalie.
FULL-TIME Goaltenders assigned to a team with (2) GOALIES will receive a $100 credit back on their league fee AFTER teams are fully assigned.

16. DO I EARN LOYALTY POINTS FOR REGISTERING?

Yes, when you register for the Spring League you earn a fixed point amount of loyalty. This will be applied to the account you used to register with and may be used at the Hockey Shop or the Grille at either Holiday or Leisure Rinks. (If you are not currently a member you will automatically be added)