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Novice Programming 2019-20

By Admin, 01/10/19, 8:45AM EST


Planning has begun for the 2019-20 hockey season.   Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, have set new guidelines for Novice programming which will begin next season.  All Sanctioned Hockey Associations, both Girls and Boys, must follow these guidelines.

The OWHA has provided information on their website, that will give parents and coaches an overview of the program.  Here is the link:

If you select the “Programs” option from the main menu, you will see there is information for parents, coaches, associations, a seasonal structure, game play guidelines and rules.

The CYGHA  plan for next season is to offer 2 programs for the 7/8 age group:

  • Tyke (age 7) half ice program
  • Novice (age 8) half ice – transition to full ice program

These programs are fully dependant on our registration numbers.  If there are not enough players to have a Tyke and Novice program, we will combine the 2 age groups and run a Novice half ice  program (the guidelines state that 7 year olds are not “allowed” to play full ice, therefore if combined with 8 year olds, all must play half ice for the season).

At this time, the OWHA has not provided any information on Novice “Rep” or “DS” programs.  We will post this information as soon as we receive it.