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WEST CALGARY HOUSE LEAGUE (WCHL) INFORMATION

NOVICE, ATOM AND PEE WEE HOUSE LEAGUE 2019-2020 SEASON

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Registration for West Calgary House League opens on July 1, 2019.

The West Calgary House League is part of Hockey Calgary and is comprised of teams from TWHA, Glenlake Minor Hockey Club and Springbank Minor Hockey Association.

Philosophy - The purpose of house league is to provide recreational players the opportunity to play organized hockey in an environment that is affordable, fun, and safe with moderate time commitments allowing for participation in other social, academic or recreational activities.  It also provides a less intimidating and competitive format for players with limited skills and knowledge of hockey.

While House League emphasizes fun hockey with no statistics or standings, skill development is still provided by certified volunteer parent coaches and games are played with certified officials.  There are fewer ice times on mostly fixed dates and times and less travel.  All teams play in one division and are equally balanced with a variety of skill levels. The season runs from October to February with evaluations usually the last weekend of September ending at the end of February. All teams have one practice and one game per week. Practice schedules are fixed as much as available ice will allow and game schedules released with as much advanced notice as possible so families have reasonable knowledge of how their schedule will look.  Teams are not permitted to play games or participate in tournaments outside their league or purchase additional ice for practices. There are no cash calls or fundraising permitted. As demand for this program is high, registration is on a first come basis with a maximum number of players allowed for the entire house league so register early. Every registered player is required to have a valid Respect in Sport – Parent certification.

It is essential that parents step up to volunteer for the various roles required to run the league smoothly. These roles include, but are not limited to, coaches, on ice volunteers and team managers.  Without enough volunteers, we will not be able to continue to run the league.

New for 2019-2020 Season

This is a very exciting season coming up! The West Calgary House League has been running as three separate associations since inception. The upcoming season marks a change to the operations and administration of the WCHL whereby it will now be amalgamated with the three associations.  Players will continue to register with their Hockey Calgary designated association according to residency within association boundaries, however, teams will now be formed with players and coaches from all three associations. This change will allow more teams in the WCHL with better balanced and competitive teams across the league. Communication will be more WCHL specific although families will still receive their individual association’s general communications.

As part of this amalgamation, we have worked closely with Hockey Calgary to secure ice at George Blundun/Optimist arenas for WCHL practices and games. This location is central to all three associations to assist with reducing travel time for families during the season. The exception to this will be Atom games as we were unable to secure ice on Sunday so they will rotate through various arenas of Glenlake, Springbank and Trails West. Note that PeeWee games are scheduled on Saturday.

Fees - $725   Note a late fee of $100 will be applied to registrations after August 1

Game Jerseys – WCHL game jerseys are sponsored by the Calgary Flames every other year and supplied by the associations for the other year and players may keep their jerseys every season.

Number of teams in WCHL (subject to registration numbers but will be capped as noted below)

NOVICE:  12 teams

ATOM:  12 teams

PEEWEE:  6 teams

Practice Schedule - one practice per week

Novice: Wednesday - practices may start as early as 4:15 p.m.

Atom:  Friday - practices may start as early as 4:15 p.m.

PeeWee: Thursday - practices may start as early as 4:15 p.m.

First Practice: the week of Oct 13, 2019

Holiday Break:  Dec 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Blackout Period:  Jan 13 – 17, 2020 due to Esso Minor Hockey Week

Blackout Period:  Feb 10 – 17, 2020 due to the WCHL Festival

Game Schedule - one game per week

Fall: October 19/20 (beginning weekend) - December 7/8 (last weekend in the rotation)

Winter: January 4/5 (beginning weekend)- February 22/23 (last weekend in the rotation)

Novice: Saturday - game times may start as early as 7:00 a.m.

Atom: Sunday - game times may start as early as 7:00 a.m.

PeeWee: Saturday - game times may start as early as 7:00 a.m. *was traditionally Sunday

WCHL Festival

Feb 12- 17, 2020 (Family Day Long Weekend) - some age groups will begin as early as the Wednesday evening and some groups will end as late as the holiday Monday.

Friend Requests

At the time of registration, ONE friend request can be made. Only one request will be accepted and it must be reciprocated.  Friend requests now may be from any of the associations that form the WCHL.  We will do our best to accommodate every request, however, there is no guarantee as our priority is to make sure that the teams are balanced in both players and coaches for a fair and even season.

Coach Qualifications

Coaches for House League are required to have the same coach qualifications as regular stream. Note, this means that Checking Skills will be required for Atom and PeeWee Head Coaches.

Respect in Sport - Parent

Hockey Alberta has instituted mandatory RIS Parent program with the goal to educate our membership for all new families to Hockey Calgary.  Re-certification for current families will be required every 4 years.  This means that anybody having taken the course in 2015 or earlier will be required to recertify for the upcoming season. Players will not be placed on teams for the 2019-2020 season until RIS re-certification has been completed

For more information, please refer to our website: Respect in Sport – Parent section under the Registration Tab

Resources

Hockey Calgary – Community House League Operations Guide

Hockey Calgary – House League In-Game Resources

Please contact the House League Coordinators if you have any questions. 

West Calgary House League (WCHL) Season 2019/20
Pre-Skate Sept 28
Evaluation Skate Oct 5
Fall (2019)
Practices start Oct 13 week Note: no PeeWee practice on Halloween
Games start Oct 19/20
Picture Day Late Oct/Mid Nov
Last game (2019) Dec 7/8
Last Practice (2019) Dec 13-19 Note: no Atom practice on Dec 20
Christmas Break Dec 21-Jan 1
Winter (2020)
Games start Jan 4/5
Practices start Jan 2-3 Note: No Novice practice on New Years Day
ESSO blackout Jan 13-17 (no practices that week)
WCHL Festival Feb 12-17 (no practices that week)
Last practices Feb 19-21
Last game Feb 22/23
PRACTICE days GAME days
Novice Wednesday^ Saturday*
Atom Friday Sunday**
PeeWee Thursday Saturday*

 

^Novice Practices: All can start as early as 4:15pm and will mainly be at George Blundun or Optimist however will also rotate occasionally to Springbank Park for All Seasons or Edge School.

Atom and PeeWee Practices: All can start as early as 4:15pm and will be at George Blundun or Optimist.

*Novice and PeeWee Games: All can start as early as 7:00am and will be at George Blundun or Optimist.

**Atom Games: All can start as early as 7:00am and will rotate through various arenas within Glenlake, Springbank and Trails West.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

** PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING AS WE HAVE MADE CHANGES TO THE REGISTRATION PROCESS**.

We are moving to TeamSnap as our registration platform.  You will not be able to register through your TeamSnap account directly but rather are required to use the registration link provided on our website.  Hover your cursor over the (?) beside the questions for helpful tips.  There are several pieces of required information which are important to the registration process please ensure that you review the following:

Required email address under “Participant Information” should be the email address that will be the main email address for all Glenlake communication. This email is considered your TeamSnap Roster Email and can be different than your TeamSnap Account Email that you use to login to TeamSnap.  Refer to this TeamSnap tipsheet for an explanation.

Hockey Canada Hockey ID number for every participant is required for verification purposes at the beginning of registration.  You will be unable to continue registration unless this verification is successful. This ID number can be obtained several different ways, please click here to refer to this document for tips.

Hockey Canada Division is also required. Please select the correct division you are registering your participant for as determined by the year of participant's birth.  Those registering for House League (WCHL) must select “House League” not the individual age division.

Medical Forms.  All players must have a completed medical form on file as per Hockey Calgary Rules and Regulations.  Please download and complete the medical form, sign and upload to continue the registration process.  You may download the form during the registration process or click here to download now.

Please review the Step by Step Guide for Glenlake TeamSnap Online Registration prior to registration. 

WCHL (House League)

Once you have reviewed the Step By Step Registration guide please click the registration button below: