The OGHA is offering free Skills Development to all players within the association with the opportunity to reinforce their puck and skating skills in a fast-paced practice environment.
These sessions will be held every Wednesday (1715 - 1815) at Richcraft Sensplex and are designed to keep players from all levels active while development their skating, passing, and shooting skills.
Efficiently run drills will allow players to build confidence in their skills, and see how much more fun you can have in both practice and games!
If you are interested in attending these sessions, you must email Vince in advance and confirm your spot to ensure we do not have too may players attending.
We would like to keep the numbers between 20 – 25 skaters.
For more information please contact Vince Ippolito at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-462-4254
For House League players please contact Vince directly to discuss alterative options
Join us in supporting our Lady 67s when they take on the Korean National Womens Hockey team
Wednesday October 23rd
7pm @ Sandy Hill Arena.
OGHA’s Bantam B1 team saw pre-season success this past weekend, winning gold at the Markham-Stouffville Starsfest tournament. The team started strong, winning their round robin games and earning a buy into the semis where they held strong against a tough St. Thomas team posting a 2-1 shoot-out win. The team met Kanata in the Final where they were backstopped by a hot goalie for a decisive 5-0 W.
Ottawa Girls Hockey Association is proud to announce its partnership with NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program!
In our 20th year of being Ottawa’s premier girls hockey association, OGHA will be Ottawa’s only First Shift partner for the season.
The program is designed to help your child to fall in love with hockey before you buy the gear.
Our six weeks learn to play program focusses on having fun while learning basic skills.
Equipment is included with registration, which is only $ 199.
For more information, please visit www.firstshift.ca OR contact James Wojtyk email@example.com, of the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association.
Lets grow girl’s and women’s hockey together.
If your daughter wants to play hockey, the OGHA FUNdamentals girls program is for them! By mixing in FUN and player development the players gain not only skills but also friendships along the way. The all-female OGHA coaching staff believes in keeping the FUN in FUNdamentals by motivating the players to be the best that they can be while having fun. Fun matters if they are going to love a sport enough to continue playing for life.
What skills will my daughter learn?
FUNdamentals is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program that uses Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program (HCIP) curriculum to teach beginners basic technical skills (skating, puck handling, stopping, passing, turning and shooting) in an atmosphere that stresses FUN, cooperation and fair play. No matter how much experience your daughter has with hockey, she will learn and develop fundamental hockey skills, an understanding of cooperation and team play and develop more self-confidence in a FUN environment.
Who are the coaches?
FUNdamentals has female certified instructors and several hockey-playing volunteers.
Our bilingual lead female instructor, Isabel Menard, has many years of coaching and on-ice skills instruction backed by skills developed during her international hockey career. You can read more about her hockey background in her bio.
What equipment does my daughter need?
Girls participating in FUNdamentals are required to wear full hockey equipment as mandated by Hockey Canada. Note: Mouth guards are not mandatory but recommended and wrist guards are not mandatory.
Jerseys are supplied as part of the program, but not hockey socks so you will need to purchase those prior to arriving at the rink.
Is this program suitable for girls of any age who are new to hockey?
FUNdamentals is the OGHA's initiation to hockey program starting with girls aged 4 and above. Maximum age is 6, but any girl aged 7 or older who is new to hockey can register in the House League level for her age group. She will be able to practice and play with her team and also attend FUNdamentals sessions for free to help with further development.
My daughter has never skated before. Is FUNdamentals right for her?
Many girls will be stepping on the ice for the first time in our program and will learn to skate including how to fall safely and get up on their own quickly and easily. Our program has a strong focus on skating as this is a key skill for any hockey player. Girls with more skating or hockey experience for their age will be able to build upon their existing skating skills and be good role models for those learning for the first time.
The future of hockey lies with today’s youth. Because of this, Hockey Canada has developed age-appropriate programming as a way to encourage the growth of foundational skills. Minor hockey associations and coaches lead the implementation of the Initiation and Novice programs with the assistance of volunteers, parents and others associated with hockey. The programming must provide opportunities for a wide range of people to get involved in order to improve the quality of the hockey experience through sound instruction and enjoyable play.
The goals and objectives of Novice hockey programming are to:
• Teach all basic skills of hockey so players can enjoy the game.
• Assist in development and enhancement of physical literacy and basic motor patterns.
• Develop and encourage the concepts of being a team member through player participation in both on-ice and off-ice activities.
• Encourage aspects of fitness, fair play and cooperation while having fun.
Sort-Out Phase: (Sept 7 – Sept 15)
As in all previous seasons, the association will have 2 weekends of sort out to make every attempt possible to ensure balanced teams. These 2 weeks will also give tier 1 coaches an opportunity to evaluate players for the tier 1 program.
1. Development Phase (Sept 21-Oct 27) – 6 Weeks
During the development phase, coaches should be focused on skill development. The goal of the association is to set aside a window of time where young players have more practices than games. The Hockey Canada Novice Skills Manual provides coaches with a series of well-crafted practice plans (ice sessions) that focus on developing fundamental movement skills like striding, turning and stopping, manipulation skills like shooting, passing, puck control and the very important motor skills of agility, balance, coordination. All of these components should be a part of player-centred skill development in a fun and safe environment that promotes self-confidence.
2. Regular Season Phase (Nov 2 – Jan 26) – 12 Weeks
The regular season phase represents the bulk of the season in the Novice Seasonal Structure. The practice to game ratio shifts to 2:1 or two practices for every game played.
It is important that coaches continue to focus on skill development during practice sessions. Hockey Canada has developed additional resources to support coaches in their efforts to deliver practice plans. The Hockey Canada Network, Drill Hub and the Initiation Program all contain age-appropriate and skill-specific resources to meet the needs of young Novice hockey players.
Even though the regular season phase has a lower practice to game ratio (2:1) through the months of November, December and January, there are still up to 16 possible practice sessions to support and encourage young players through this skill acquisition phase of the season.
3. Game Play Phase or Transition Phase (Feb 2 – Mar 28) – 8 Weeks
The transition phase has a practice to game ratio of 1:1, or one practice to one game played. It is important to ensure practice sessions continue through the Transition Phase. This will provide coaches with the opportunity to continue to reinforce individual skill development elements in practices in addition to introducing players to concepts attached to the full-ice game.
Hockey Canada Novice resource Guide