Lady Grads Program
The Lady Grads High Performance Teams were established to offer opportunities within the eastern district of Ottawa and area to participate at the highest level of “AA” hockey. More specifically it will appeal to young ladies wanting to play hockey at the very highest level, against national and international competition.
Teams at the Intermediate AA play approximately 35-40 games across the province. Bantam & Midget AA – 20 ODWHA league games. Exhibition games throughout the season, some of which may be against college/university teams, NCWHL & ODWHA Playoffs and OWHA Playdowns.
Typically, a player can expect up to 2 practices per week and 2 sessions on and off ice for conditioning purposes. Expect to play in seven to ten tournaments, six to eight of which may be out of town, plus Provincials mid-April if qualify in regional play downs.
Each player can expect additional costs and therefore can expect to seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations and food when away from home. There are tryout fees.
Lady Grads team tryouts are typically held in April of each year.
STARS COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
Gloucester – Cumberland Girls Hockey Association fields competitive teams from Novice to Intermediate/Senior. Competitive teams have letters after the age-grouping (ie. Novice C, Atom BB, Bantam C, Intermediate A) to indicate the competitive tier. The winter session starts with tryouts in the spring (usually late April). Fees for tryouts are indicated in the Registration section of the website.
Team practices start in late August or early September. Competitive teams play in the Ottawa District Women’s Hockey Association (ODWHA) League, which competes throughout Eastern Ontario. League games begin in late September or early October and extend until early February, after which league play-offs and provincial play-downs begin. League play-offs culminate in a city championship day in late March or early April. The Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) provincial championships usually take place in Toronto in early-mid April.
Competitive teams are on the ice three to five times per week and may have additional off-ice training sessions.
Registration for the winter session usually opens in the spring. The registration fee for competitive players is outlined in the Registration section. Team members are subject to additional team fees and are expected to seek sponsorship to pay for expenses such as the purchase of extra practice ice, tournament entry fees, team equipment, etc. In addition, competitive teams may be required to purchase additional apparel, such as team jackets, as determined by the coach.
Competitive teams participate in several weekend tournaments, locally and out-of-town. These include games on a Friday and entail 3-6 games over 2-3 days.
HOUSE LEAGUE PROGRAM
Gloucester – Cumberland Girls Hockey Association participates in a house league program that starts in September and runs through to March. The majority of house league ice is on the weekends with practices typically on Saturdays and games on Sundays.
You can expect to play in three or four tournaments with at least one being out of town The majority of our practices and games are at the Ray Friel Recreation Center in Orleans with some practices at Ottawa University. The season ends with play-offs and a Championship weekend that occurs in March.
In addition to the registration fee, there are team fees which cover tournament registration fees, goalie training, some practice ice and other team expenses. Team fees typically range from $250 to $400.
Age Categories (age as of December 31 of each hockey season):
- U9 (formerly Novice, 7 & 8 year old)
- U11 (formerly Atom, 9 and 10 years old)
- U13 (formerly Peewee, 11 and 12 years old)
- U15 (formerly Bantam, 13 and 14 years old)
- U17 (formerly Midget, 15, 16, 17 year old)
- Intermediate: 18 years old to 21 years old.
For more information on House League, please contact VP House at VPHOUSE@GCGH.CA
Development Stream (DS)
At this point, we do not expect to run a Development Stream for the 2020/21 season.
Development Stream (DS) is a subset of the House League Program, offering an enhanced opportunity for House League players who are looking for more development and an option to play more hockey with the potential to stream toward competitive hockey in the future. It is also ideal for house league players that are not ready to make the commitment of playing competitive hockey, but are looking for more than the house league program offers.
DS teams are generally anticipated at all levels. DS teams are permitted to play in a maximum of 3 tournaments and 8 exhibition games against other DS teams. The teams will practice on a regular basis and operate separately from the house teams. There are no league games for DS.
Players that play on a DS team must also be registered and fully participate in the house league program with players making their house team their first priority.
Parents are expected to pay approx. $250- $500 for team fees for a DS season. Tournaments are outside of the team budget, so players participating in the tournaments are responsible for their share of the entry fees. Any additional expenses are also the participant's responsibility (hotels, food etc.). The cost for the tryout is $25.00 and will be payable when registering. Evaluations/Tryouts for DS will take place at the beginning of November. Please check the GCGH website for updates on exact dates.
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INITIATION PROGRAM (IP)
If your daughter is new to hockey and wants to play or curious about the game, this is where it all begins!
IP is open to girls from 4 – 6 years old who want to learn the fundamental hockey skills that will hopefully transfer to a lifelong love of the game. Due to Covid restrictions, any 4 year old registrant must have already had exposure to skating and comfortable on-ice without a parent.
Your daughter will learn how to skate and hockey skills while making new friends and build friendships that will follow her for years to come throughout her hockey journey.
Our program includes 22 hours of ice over the winter. There will be regular time slots each week, but the exact dates and schedule are not yet confirmed.
IP registration is only $199 for the season. Sign-up today!
Full hockey gear is required. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org