HOUSE LEAGUE

The NWHL Group are excited to welcome back all players to our program. COVID-19 has put us in unprecedented times and as such we will need to adjust our program accordingly.  The Associations, Coaches, Players and Parents all share in the responsibility to ensure that all safety protocols are adhered to.  The Northwest House League Return to Play Program has been designed under the following principles:

  1. NWHL will follow the guidelines of Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and Hockey Calgary.
  2. NWHL will follow the guidelines of Alberta Health Services.
  3. NWHL will follow the guidelines of each arena that we play at.
    1. Crowchild Twin Arena
    2. West Hillhurst Arena
  4. NWHL is committed to each player in each age group receiving equal ice and coaching time.
  5. NWHL will enforce the Respect in Sport principles
  6. NWHL will require all players, parents, and coaches to be flexible and understanding as we return to hockey. This season will be unlike any other, but our focus will continue to be keeping the kids on the ice.

 

Northwest House League Program

Northwest House League exist to provide an enjoyable, rewarding hockey experience to participants where they can develop a strong sense of community while growing socially, physically and emotionally.

Core Values

The NWHL will continuously strive to achieve both individual and team success while delivering a hockey experience that is safe, fair, stimulating, and delivered in a respectful environment while observing a suitable balance of the following core values.

  • The Participant – Provide individuals with experiences that allow them to enjoy the game while developing personally in an environment free of bias, discrimination, harassment and abuse.
  • The Team – Foster commitment to a group through opportunities for working, learning and achieving together.
  • The Game of Hockey – Teach and develop skills suitable for participation and to maximize enjoyment and appreciation of the game.

 

Due to Covid-19, NWHL has made significant procedural changes, including:

1. Cohorts

A COVID-19 cohort, also referred to as a bubble, circle, or safe squad is a small group whose members – always the same people – do not always keep 2 metres apart.  Under the current “Guidance for Cohorts”, health authorities have suggested limiting the total number of other cohort groups to which people belong.  Under the current “Guidance For Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation – Stage 2”, health authorities have suggested that athletes should select one sports cohort for the duration of Stage 2.

  1. Players and coaches can only be part of one sporting cohort at a time. If an individual wishes to move to a new Sport Cohort, she/he is to complete a 14-day non-participation period prior to joining the new Cohort. School-based cohorts will not restrict participation in minor hockey.
  2. Cohort size is set at 50 and this will include players, coaches, and on ice officials.
  3. Cohort size does not include parents, spectators, or minor officials.

 

2. Mini Teams

Under Stage 2 we will be introducing Mini Teams.

  1. Each tiered cohort will consist of 3-4 Mini Teams of 12-13 players each, depending on Age Category and the number of players registered.
  2. Mini Teams within each cohort will be parity teams; meaning that we will make our best efforts to balance skill levels across the Mini Teams.
  3. Mini Teams will be restricted to practicing and playing games against teams within their cohort.

 

3. Evaluations

Evaluations will be required in order to create tiered cohorts. The evaluations will adhere to the following physical distancing restrictions.

  1. All age groups will evaluate using physically distanced, skill-based drills. (No compete drills)
  2. No age groups will play any games during evaluations
  3. Drills will be designed for specific age groups

 

4. COVID-19 Protocols for ALL ice times.  Be Prepared!

Appropriate contact tracing for COVID-19 will be an important aspect for all Northwest House League players, coaches, parents and volunteers.  We are required by Alberta Health Services to track and maintain records in respect of all participant interactions over the course of the season.    The check-in procedure for participants will be required for every ice time.  As with all COVID-19 restrictions, anyone who is exhibiting symptoms or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 will not permitted to attend practices, games, facilities or related events.

It will be mandatory for each player to complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist.

  1. TeamSnap has added a ‘Health Check’ section to the app (more details to follow). Download the app and be prepared to complete the Daily Screening checklist prior to arriving at the rink.
  2. Players will be encouraged to come mostly dressed for the ice instead of using change rooms. Change room availability will be arena dependent (see Facilities)
  3. Players must use ONLY their own water-bottle, and it is recommended that they are filled at home.
  4. There will be one volunteer (COVID Coordinator) dedicated per cohort (and/or Evaluation skate) to complete the daily screening of the participants.
    1. COVID Coordinator will be allowed in the facility and will act as the liaison between parents and participants.
    2. COVID Coordinator must have emergency contact information of parents, and any necessary medical information for participants
  • COVID Coordinator will usher non-participants out of the facility once all participants are on the ice.
  1. COVID Coordinator will ensure participants are picked up by the appropriate guardian.

 

5. Coaches

  1. Coaches are only permitted to participate in 1 sport cohort at a time (including adult leagues).
  2. Some coaches will be required to be part of the cohort; i.e. for younger age groups such as U7 & U9, or to participate as a referee.
  3. If a coach wishes to coach two teams, they will need to be physically distanced in the cohort. The coach may need to wear a mask or be clearly identifiable as a Coach that can not make contact. Further direction to follow from Hockey Calgary.
  1. Coaches are required to wear masks when in the dressing room and on the Bench coaching and remain physically distanced

 

6. Referees

Referees and linesmen are not required during the Development Season. Anyone acting in such manner (coaches or volunteers) must be considered part of the cohort.

 

7. Facilities

The protocols set forth by the facilities must be followed. It is up to the participant and parent to know the rules of each arena prior to entering the facility. All NWHL participants must adhere to each facilities rules to ensure NWHL has continued access to the facility for the duration of the season.

Players are recommended to arrive in their hockey gear.  Face coverings/masks are required in all common areas, including dressing rooms, and must be worn until players are ready to hit the ice.

This table is meant as a guideline and is merely a snapshot of the arena protocols as of mid-August 2020.  Facility protocols are subject to change and so please adhere to all posted signs.

CTA WHH
Arrive # min before ice time 20 mins 20 mins
Dressing Room Capacity 2 rooms @ 8 each

+ 7 in stands

14 per room with designated hall space
Showers Available No No
Spectators Allowed No No
Live Barn Available Yes Coming
Max Players 23 + 4 coaches 24+ 4 coaches
Traffic Flow:
Enter Main Lobby Door (follow arrows) East Parking Lot
Exit Main Lobby Door (follow arrows) South Main Door

The facilities require that players move to and stay in their designated dressing room prior to their ice time.  The arena operator will blow the Zamboni horn to signal players may enter the ice.  Please note that physical distancing measures should still be adhered to as much as possible during ice times even when playing within your cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Will there be refunds if hockey gets cancelled?
  2. If for any reason the program is cancelled, NWHL will to the extent possible provide a pro-rated refund after taking into consideration up-front costs such as jerseys, equipment and ancillary costs.
  3. Can my child be involved in multiple cohorts? For example, can they be in a school-based cohort as well as a hockey cohort?
  4. Cohort guidelines state that “an individual is only to be part of one Sport Cohort at any time.” This means that they can be involved in a hockey cohort in addition to a school-based cohort. Technically they may also be part of another sport program that operates under the ‘physical distancing’ criteria. i.e. A power skating class or school based ‘skill based’ program that has limited #’s and operates under physical distancing criteria
  5. Why is physical distancing mandatory on the bench and in the dressing rooms if they are within their cohort?
  6. Physical distancing is a Government of Alberta guideline and a Hockey Alberta mandate. Arguably, there should be no activities with any close contact. HOWEVER, hockey is deemed a permitted activity with the stipulation that close contact may only occur on ice. Off ice interaction (including bench and change rooms) must adhere to physical distance protocols.
  7. Are coaches part of the cohort number?
  8. Coaches will not be part of cohorts for age groups U11 and older. For these age groups, coaches must adhere to physical distance guidelines and will not be included in the cohort number. For the U7 and U9 age groups, coaches will be included in the cohort and thus be in contact with players. U7 and U9 may have additional coaches outside of the cohort who will adhere to physical distance guidelines.
  9. Can a coach be part of a U7 or U9 cohort and also coach (physically distanced) with a different cohort?
  10. Yes provided he adheres to physical distance requirements on the team he is not included in the cohort.
  11. What happens if a coach notices a player is showing symptoms before or during participation?
  12. Similar to injury situations, coaches have full authority to deny a player participation if they believe a player is sick. Coaches will be given resources to help assist them. NTD: what will that look like?? It is critically important for parents to ensure they accurately complete the pre-participation symptom screening to minimize coaches having to deny participation to a player.

 

BACKGROUND

 The 2020-2021 season will be North West House League’s sixth year.  Our past five years have been a success and it was determined that there is a considerable amount of interest for this stream of hockey.   It is a viable option for many families, but note that if your child is new to hockey, house league or community (NWW) hockey are suitable choices.  Players are to choose one program only.

The House League Program will be offered in addition to the traditional community/NWW Hockey for U9 (Novice - born 2012 & 2013), U11 (Atom - born 2010 & 2011) and U13 (PeeWee - born 2008 & 2009) aged players.

 

 Some of the highlights for House League include:

  • Two ice times per week. This will typically include one practice and one game per week once the game/regular season commences.  The Schedule is tentatively set as below:
  • U9 (Novice)  ice times will be Sunday morning games and practices during the week (3 out of 4 on Friday evenings and 1 out of 4 on Thursday evening - subject to registration numbers).
  • U11 (Atom)  ice times will be Saturday morning games and the practices will be Wednesday or Thursday (1 out of 4) evenings.
  • U13 (PeeWee) ice times will be Saturday afternoon games and the practices will be Thursday evenings.  
  • Evaluations will consist of 3 ice times in September.  Once complete, our House League Coordinators will make their best efforts to create balanced teams.
  • Teams will practice in early October.  The regular schedule will commence in mid-October and end in early March with a break at late November.  Our target is to have 35 to 40 ice times scheduled per player.
  • Ice times will be scheduled at the Crowchild Twin Arena in Scenic Acres and West Hillhurst Arena.
  • No fundraising is allowed. The purchasing of ice for additional practices, exhibition games, and tournaments is not permitted.
  • Due to the challenges of forming balanced teams and coach placement, friend requests will be considered but are not guaranteed.  

 

Some of the differences between the House Leagues and Community (NWW) Hockey include:

  • House League offers a set schedule for the hockey season.
  • With Community Hockey, players are evaluated to teams with players of similar abilities.  Community teams are scheduled for two to three ice times per week, which vary from week to week. House League teams are balanced with all skill levels on each team, and schedules are set.
  • House teams will NOT be sanctioned to play in any tournaments (in Calgary or outside of Calgary) or exhibition games.
  • There will be NO cash calls/fund raising requirement, which is a part of the Community Hockey experience.
  • Hockey fees for the House League are less than the Community Hockey fees mainly due to the different ice requirements between the two streams.  The 2020-2021 House League registration fee will be $725 + $20 community user fee.

 The 2020-2021 season will be North West House League’s sixth year.  Our past five years have been a success and it was determined that there is a considerable amount of interest for this stream of hockey.   It is a viable option for many families, but note that if your child is new to hockey, house league or community (NWW) hockey are suitable choices.  Players are to choose one program only.

The House League Program will be offered in addition to the traditional community/NWW Hockey for U9 (Novice - born 2012 & 2013), U11 (Atom - born 2010 & 2011) and U13 (PeeWee - born 2008 & 2009) aged players.

 

 Some of the highlights for House League include:

  • Two ice times per week. This will typically include one practice and one game per week once the game/regular season commences.  The Schedule is tentatively set as below:
  • U9 (Novice)  ice times will be Sunday morning games and practices during the week (3 out of 4 on Friday evenings and 1 out of 4 on Thursday evening - subject to registration numbers).
  • U11 (Atom)  ice times will be Saturday morning games and the practices will be Wednesday or Thursday (1 out of 4) evenings.
  • U13 (PeeWee) ice times will be Saturday afternoon games and the practices will be Thursday evenings.  
  • Evaluations will consist of 3 ice times in September.  Once complete, our House League Coordinators will make their best efforts to create balanced teams.
  • Teams will practice in early October.  The regular schedule will commence in mid-October and end in early March with a break at late November.  Our target is to have 35 to 40 ice times scheduled per player.
  • Ice times will be scheduled at the Crowchild Twin Arena in Scenic Acres and West Hillhurst Arena.
  • No fundraising is allowed. The purchasing of ice for additional practices, exhibition games, and tournaments is not permitted.
  • Due to the challenges of forming balanced teams and coach placement, friend requests will be considered but are not guaranteed.  

 

Some of the differences between the House Leagues and Community (NWW) Hockey include:

  • House League offers a set schedule for the hockey season.
  • With Community Hockey, players are evaluated to teams with players of similar abilities.  Community teams are scheduled for two to three ice times per week, which vary from week to week. House League teams are balanced with all skill levels on each team, and schedules are set.
  • House teams will NOT be sanctioned to play in any tournaments (in Calgary or outside of Calgary) or exhibition games.
  • There will be NO cash calls/fund raising requirement, which is a part of the Community Hockey experience.
  • Hockey fees for the House League are less than the Community Hockey fees mainly due to the different ice requirements between the two streams.  The 2020-2021 House League registration fee will be $725 + $20 community user fee.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The NW House League will consist of 8 Novice teams , 8 Atom teams and 4 PeeWee teams.  Maximum team size is 18. We will wait-list players after these limits have been reached.
  • Ice times will be 60 minutes in length, and for Peewee games 75 mins.
  • Goalie rotation will be encouraged in Novice and Novice teams are provided with equipment.  Atom and PeeWee teams will have two designated goalie on a team (where available) with their own equipment where registration permits.
  • Players will keep their game jersey at the end of the season.
  • Players are to wear their team jersey for their practice ice times.  Full equipment is needed including mouth guards.
  • Jerseys, socks, team and individual photo memory mate are included in the registration fees.
  • Games will follow all Hockey Calgary Rules and games will adhere to the Fair Play Code.
  • One parent in each household must take the “Parent Respect In Sport” (RIS) online Course.* See below for more info.  The RIS course now has a Four year expiry. Those parents that took this course previous to 2015 will have to recertify prior to registration.
  • Coaching requirements for all House League teams can be found on our website. Information can be found on our website under the Coach tab. [Requirements may include:   Respect In Sport – Coach Program (online), Safety program (online), Coach Stream, or equivalent (online and classroom/on-ice).  Coach certifications fees are reimbursed by the Northwest Warriors Hockey.
  • Coaching selection will be managed by House League Coordinators.  If you are interested in coaching on your child’s team, please indicate by using the following link and complete the House League Coaching Application for the specific age group you are interested in:

NOTE: This Coaching application form will load in a separate tab.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • The NW House League is supported by The Calgary Flames, Northwest Warriors Hockey and Hockey Calgary.

  • Volunteering is required from all parents.  All HL teams require Coaches, a Team Manager, Score Keepers, and Time Keepers, as well as other various team positions.

  • Coach development for both House and Community Hockey teams are the same.

  • Space is limited for the House League while there are currently no space restrictions for Community (NWW) Hockey.    

HOW TO REGISTER

New this season; we are offering two payment options for to our families.  They will both appear in the checkout portion of your online registration.  The first is a full payment option, and the second is a staggered plan.

**Please note that we are moving ahead with our intended program but under the ever evolving COVID-19 situation, changes may happen.  We will update you as we move closer to the start of the season with confirmed information.  Stay well and healthy!

 

Registration will begin on July 1st, 2020.  The registration tab can be found at the bottom of this page.

*If you are new to hockey, you must first take the Parent “Respect In Sport” online course before you can register, i.e. get access to use the Hockey Canada Registry.   The fee for this course is $12.60.

This is the link: https://hockeyalbertaparent.respectgroupinc.com    

The $12.60 is not reimbursed by our Association and we do not have a ‘code’.    

Please select the Northwest Warriors as your association.  This will ensure you are able to register with us.  Players are only able to participate in one league for the hockey season. Players may change leagues between seasons only.

*Please note that all House League families are required to purchase a community membership from the community you fall under.  However, you are not required to complete any of the volunteer commitments from them, as this program is excluded.  

    • Brentwood & Edgemont Families – require a Brentwood Membership
    • Scenic Acres Families – require a Scenic Acres Membership
    • Silver Springs Families – require a Silver Springs Membership
    • TriwoodCharleswoodCollingwoodUniversity HeightsUniversity of Calgary Residence and Banff Trail families – require a Triwood Membership
      • Triwood: Community membership https://triwood.powerupsports.com.
      • Once your membership is purchased you can use the link at the bottom of this page to complete your hockey registration
    • Varsity Families (including the University District) – require a Varsity Membership
    • Capitol HillHillhurstHounsfield HeightsBriar HillParkdaleSt. Andrews HeightsSunnyside and West HillhurstFamilies – require a West Hillhurst Membership

Should you have any questions regarding this program, please contact:  admin@nwwarriorshockey.com

 

REFUND POLICY

100% before evaluations

75% before player placement

50% after placement until prior to the season beginning (Oct 24)

No refunds after October 24 unless in the case of a medical situation
Players and goalies evaluated and released due to insufficient space in our program will not be assessed any fees.

$30 non-refundable administration fee will be assessed on all registrations, regardless of cancellation date