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Organization - 2019-20 Novice Half-ice ‘Competitive’ Team and Novice Programming Update
Submitted By Ryan Terpstra on Friday, April 19, 2019
Exciting changes are coming to Novice Hockey Programs next season.

***Information below is subject to change as it is based on the current information available to us at the time of this post.

***Please read the entire article as age related restrictions are at the bottom of this article.

WGMHA Members,

Exciting changes are coming to Novice Hockey Programs next season. Hockey Canada is implementing Long-term Player Development (LTPD) at the Novice level across Canada. All OWHA sanctioned associations need to adopt the new Novice half-ice programming. Novice A, B and C levels, and Novice HL and DS, as we have been accustomed to, are gone. No Hockey Canada sanctioned organization, such as WGMHA, may run a competitive Novice full-ice program.

For next season all Age 7 (2012) and Age 8 (2011) players will play half-ice. Major Novice, Age 8 (2011) players may move to a “Transition Phase” after January 15th, 2020 and play full-ice to prepare for Atom. The Transition Phase is optional, meaning that teams can continue to play half-ice all season. Whether a Major Novice team uses the Transition Phase depends on the league decision and possibly the team’s personal preference. There will be no scores kept, and there will be no elimination-based tournaments permitted. There will be no full-time goalies or set positions played. For more information on LTPD and Novice Programming refer to these resources:

    https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hockey-programs/coaching/novice
    http://owha.pointstreaksites.com/view/owha/development/novice-program


WGMHA is planning on having both Minor and Major Novice half-ice teams participating in the KGLL (Kitchener Girls Local League). The KGLL has already determined that they will be running a Novice half-ice league next season. Smaller centers will likely enter Combined Age 7/8 teams into the league as they do not have enough numbers to make a team at each age group. WMGHA will only use Combined Novice 7/8 if there are insufficient numbers to form Minor and Major teams.

There are talks in Ontario of having a competitive Novice half-ice league which will have players selected during a traditional tryout in September. A league will need to host this, for example, the LLFHL is looking into possibly forming a Novice half-ice division. If such a league forms the Waterloo Ravens will be entering a team into a 'Select*’ Novice half-ice league. Note that the same rules apply to these teams, such as no scores kept and no playoffs etc. There will not be a need to sign up for ‘Select’ tryouts as any registered Novice player will be permitted to attend the tryouts in September. There will be mandatory 4 practices for all players prior to tryouts starting as required by Hockey Canada for the Novice Programming. This is not mandatory that all registered players attend, but mandatory that the WGMHA conducts 4 practices before we are permitted to run the tryout.

For clarity, the Waterloo Ravens are planning on having the following teams playing Novice half-ice:

Minor Novice – (Tyke) Age 7, born 2012, playing half-ice in the KGLL. 18 players per team target.
Major Novice – (Novice) Age 8, born 2011, playing half-ice in the KGLL. 18 players per team target.
Major Novice ‘Select*’ – Age 8, born 2011, playing half-ice in a different league. 18 players – 1 team. 

    All Age 7 players will practice together as a group; 2 teams per ice time (cap). 
    All Age 8 players will practice together as a group; 2 teams per ice time (cap).
    All ‘Select’ players will practice with the Age 8 players but may obtain additional ice time.

*‘Select’ is not a set name for this team. It is unclear what terminology will be used to identify Novice half-ice teams selected by tryouts. ‘Select’ is simply used to differentiate it in this post.

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Please note: Age 6 players will not be permitted to play Novice half-ice. This is an OWHA rule. Those players born in 2013 may enroll in Rookie Ravens or Rookie Ravens Plus.

Please note: Age 7 players may enroll in Rookie Ravens or Rookie Ravens Plus if they are new to hockey, but it is recommended that they still enroll in Novice half-ice regardless of prior hockey experience.

Please note: Age 8 (2011) players may attend tryouts at the Atom Rep levels. All WGMHA rules regarding playing up a division still apply. Refer to the WGMHA Manual of Operations for details. Note: It is highly likely that for the 2020-21 season this will no longer be permitted by the OWHA (Age 8 playing up in Atom).

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Volunteers – The WGMHA will be looking for coaches to run the Novice Programming. If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] with your area of interest, such as Coach, Trainer, etc.
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