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CYGHA Novice Program Update - August 2019

By M Dubeau, 08/25/19, 8:45PM EDT

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The CYGHA is committed to providing the best possible hockey experience for all of our female athletes and ensuring a positive and fun initial hockey experience with the Panthers.  As we transition away from the traditional model of Novice hockey, there will be some growing pains while individual associations interpret and implement the rules set forth by the Governing bodies (Hockey Canada, OWHA).  

As previously communicated, the CYGHA will be running a house league (likely four teams) and one competitive/rep team.  The rep team will travel to other centres for games and participate in rep-level Jamborees (tournaments).  We will also tailor a development program specifically for this age group to ensure girls are ready to join the Atom rep program the following season.  The competitive team will be comprised of mostly 8 year old players (born in 2011) and any exceptional 7 year olds (2012).

After week one, the strongest players from the initial evaluations will be invited to participate in the competitive team tryouts.  A head coach will be chosen and they will select a team in coordination with other CYGHA rep coaches.  If you are invited to the tryouts attendance is completely optional.

The first few weeks will look like this:

Week One:  ALL REGISTERED NOVICE PLAYERS ATTEND INITIAL EVALUTIONS

Player Evaluations (all registered Novice players).  
Check 
CYGHA.COM the week before for your assigned time slot.
September 7th : 8AM - 11AM : SAC 
September 8th : 8AM - 11AM : AFLC


Week Two:  ATTEND ONE OF HOUSE LEAGUE EVALUATIONS or COMPETITIVE TEAM TRYOUTS (by invitation only).

Novice House League Evaluations ( if not selected for rep tryouts, or you decline your invitation ).  Check 
CYGHA.COM the week before for your assigned time slot.
September 14th : 8AM - 10AM : SAC
September 15th : 9:15AM - 11:15AM : Ray Twinney Nissan Pad

Competitive Team Tryouts
September 14th : 10AM - 11AM : SAC
September 15th : 10AM - 11:30AM : AFLC
September 19th : 5PM - 6PM : ACC2 Lincoln Pad


If your daughter is selected to the competitive team, you will be expected to sign an offer letter, pay a deposit and commit to the requirements of the program.  The expectation is that the cost for this program will be ~$1200 on top of the registration fees already paid for house league.  At this point, any players selected to the competitive team will be given a schedule go-forward and will not take part in any further house league activities.  Any players released from the competitive team will be placed on a House League team and will continue with the Novice House League schedule.


Week Three:  HOUSE LEAGUE EXHIBITION WEEKEND

This will be an initial set of House League Exhibition games.  Coaches will be selected and teams will be formed.  The first weekend will be a test-run, setting up the half-ice boards, working on the game flow and introducing the coaches/officials to the new game format.

September 21st : 7:15AM - 9:15AM : Ray Twinney Nissan Pad
September 22nd : 10:15AM - 12:15PM : Ray Twinney Nissan Pad


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to both of us.

Thank you.

Mark Dubeau - Vice-President Rep  :  
vprep@cygha.com
Brad Protocky - Vice-President House League  :  vphouse@cygha.com