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Welcome to another year of Waterloo Ravens Hockey
  2019/20 Season

This is the 19th year of providing Waterloo with a female hockey program  Organized sports such as female hockey, offer participants many many benefits  including enhancing passion for the sport,  skill development,  leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a life time.

This year we have a lot of great hockey events happening so please make sure that you continue to watch our website www.waterlooravens.com, as information is updated on a regular basis. If you change your email address throughout the year, please go back into the registration system and update it there, as this is how we contact you with regular updates.

Focus on Creating a Safe and Fun Environment

Over the past number of years WGMHA has supported and promoted the OWHA Harassment, Abuse, Bullying and Misconduct Policy. Please refer to the WGMHA Manual of Operations for more details.

The WGMHA continues to fully endorses this extremely important policy. To that end: 

The WGMHA is committed to providing an environment that is safe and respectful for all participants.

The WGMHA supports the right of all its members to participate in an environment that prohibits discrimination practices of all kinds.

There will be no harassment, abuse, bullying or misconduct of any participant in any of the WGMHA programs.

The WGMHA will not tolerate cyber bullying of any form. For example, there are online forums where unacceptable comments are being posted. Many of the posts on this forum are inaccurate and inappropriate. The persons posting these comments remain anonymous because they can create false rumours and are mis-informed.

The WGMHA and OWHA will continue to investigate all unacceptable posts on this forum.

The WGMHA will ban from its membership anyone proven to be posting unacceptable comments on this network and thereby the members’ children will no longer be part of the WGMHA as this is a form of Harassment, Abuse and/or Bullying and violates the Harassment, Abuse, Bullying and Misconduct Policies of the OWHA and the WGMHA.

You can help us stop this form of conduct. If you suspect and/or know of anyone posting inappropriate comments on this particular site, any other site, or notice any other form of Harassment, Abuse and/or Bullying we ask you to please bring the individual or individuals’ names forward regarding the incident to our Director of Concerns and Support. The WGMHA and the OWHA will then deal with this and you will remain anonymous.

Rowan's Law has been enacted

Concussion awareness, management and safe return to play have been key areas of focus for our trainers and coaches. A number of years ago WGMHA held a workshop focused on Concussions in Hockey. Since that time a lot more information is available for parents, players and coaches in managing concussions and ensuring the safe return to play for a player.

With the introduction of Rowan's Law, all players, parents, and coaching staff must sign a declaration indicating that you have read and agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policies from OWHA. As part of the team registration process, forms will be provided. We ask that you sign and return them to your coach. Over the course of the season we will be offering workshops and information sessions again on Concussion Management and Safe Return to Play, a very important topic.  Our first workshop open to players, parents and coaching staff will be on September 30th 2019. Please stay tuned to the website for more details.

Focus on Programs

We are very excited for the 8th year of our “Learn to Skate “program targeted at 4-to-6-year olds focusing on the fundamentals of skating. This program is instructed by the University of Waterloo Warriors Men’s and Women’s hockey teams. The Waterloo Ravens provides end-to-end programming for female hockey players, from first time on skates (Learn to Skate) through to the highest level of female hockey competitive play in the province (K-W Rangers of the PWHL).

Changes are coming to for 7 and 8 year old Ravens. Beginning with the 2019-20 season, Hockey Canada is mandating that  7 and 8 year play a  half ice program. The "Novice Program" will better develop players with "more skills, more ice time and more fun!". Please check out the Programs section - Novice Half Ice for more details.  The Novice Program requires a 5:1 Player:Coach ratio, so a lot of volunteers are required to make the new Novice Program successful. If you are interested in volunteering with this program, please reach out to our Director House League. 

Our House League and Representative teams will begin regular season play in early October. The Learn to Skate, Rookie Ravens, Rookie Ravens Plus, power skating, goalie clinics and Coaching Staff Clinics will begin after Thanksgiving. Development Stream (DS) will begin play in December.  

Our Intermediate AA/Jr. team, the K-W Rangers, will start their regular season late September. You can get further information on games at www.kwrangers.com . Come out and watch a game and cheer on the K-W Rangers for free. 

WGMHA continues to build a unique female hockey Development Program called "Waterloo Ravens Development Program for Female Hockey Excellence". This development strategy encompasses the player, the team and the coach in the development program. The 2019-20 season is the  inaugural season for our High Performance Training Program (HPTP) for Peewee AA, Peewee A, Bantam AA, Bantam A, Midget AA and Midget A players. This program is being offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo Varsity Hockey Programs. Check out the Program section - High Performance Training for more details.

WGMHA believes strongly that this investment in the "Waterloo Ravens Development Program for Female Hockey Excellence" continues to result in accelerated player development, player retention and quality coaching within the WGMHA.

The 18th Fall Challenge Cup Rep tournament will take place on October 31 - November 3, 2019 at arenas throughout the city. 86 teams from across Ontario compete for the coveted Fall Challenge Cup. 

The WGMHA is hosting the USA-CANADA CUP from December 6 - 8, 2019 The concept behind the USA-CANADA CUP is to bring together the top USA Under 14/Ontario Bantam AA, USA Under 16/Ontario Midget AA and USA Under 19/Ontario Junior INT AA teams and have them play in a USA versus Canada type format. The USA-CANADA CUP is a Showcase series tournament that allows university scouts from Hockey Canada, the CIS and NCAA schools to be able to see some of the top university-eligible female hockey players go head to head in a weekend of high-level competition. Come out and cheer for your Waterloo Bantam AA, Midget AA and K-W Rangers teams at The Auditorium, RIM Park, Albert McCormick and Sportsworld. The USA Canada Cup has will host 78 teams, from 5 provinces and 8 states, for the 2019-20 season!

The Waterloo Cup, now 18 years young, will again take place at the beginning of April 2019 to end the season for our House League program. The Novice Half-ice teams will partake in the Waterloo Cup in a festival style. The Waterloo Cup is a very special tournament only for Waterloo Ravens, which brings together all teams to play for the Cup and take home a final memory of the hockey season. Come out and see what the Waterloo Cup is all about and cheer on the teams that make it to the finals.

 

Focus on our Future - Vision 2022

A lot has been accomplished since the desire to create a strong vibrant female hockey association in Waterloo began in 2001. It is now time to look at where we want to be going in the next sixteen years. During the 2017-18 season players, parents, coaches and volunteers had the opportunity to provide input through surveys and discussions. To make sure that we got it right, the WGMHA Board has reviewed and worked on this in formation and now wants to have share it back with you.  Over the course of the Fall, there will be further opportunities for you to provide your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Please check back on our website for more details.

Focus on Volunteers

We are a volunteer run organization. Without the countless hours of many – coaches, committee members, board members we would not be able to offer our programs and events.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Admin Assistant.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who help in many different ways to make this one of the best run female hockey associations in Ontario. It is with your support that we achieve our goals on the ice and off ice allowing us to continue to develop and grow this association.

Your Board of Directors is a working board of volunteers who spend many, many hours delivering programs and ensuring that our direction lines up with our strategy and guiding principle of the Association. We do our best with the available volunteer hours we have to ensure that we meet your expectations and more.  

So, there you have it . . . a fun-filled year ahead of us and if you should have any questions throughout the year, or wish to make comments, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any one of the WGMHA Board of Directors.

We are looking forward to another great season. Please remember ... “it is not about whether you win or lose, it's about how much fun you make it for the kids” The WGMHA is not a “Win at all Cost” centre and will do what’s right … “For the Kids, For the Game, For the Fun”

Sandra 

Sandra Hanmer
President, WGMHA


“For the Kids, For the Game, For the Fun”

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