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.
Please be advised that all goalies wishing to play for compettitive teams this fall will start their tryout Tuesday, September 3rd at 5pm @ Brian Kilrae Arena (https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/facilities/canterbury-recreation-complex).
After this initial goalie session, goalies will then join their respective team tryouts. Please view tryout schedule on homepage.
Below you will find the dates, times and locations for OGHA’s upcoming Fall tryouts for the remaining teams that the OGHA will be fielding in the upcoming 2019/2020 season.
Note: If you are coming from another girls association, you will either need a release (most associations are doing this electronically) or a Permission to Skate before you are allowed to participate in the tryouts, also please be aware of the new import policy that will apply to all players can be found here. To participate in Spring tryouts, players must register through the website and pay the applicable tryout fee prior to stepping on the ice.
Tuesday 3rd September
5-6 All Competitive goalies @ Brian Kilrea
After, goalies will take part in all age respective team tryouts!
6-7 Atom A @ Brian Kilrea
7-8 PW C @ Brian Kilrea
8-9 Bantam C @ Brian Kilrea
9-10 Midget B @ Brian Kilrea
Wednesday 4th September
615-715 Atom A @ Richcraft - HEO
715-815 PW C @ Richcraft - HEO
815-915 Bantam C @ Richcraft - HEO
915-1045 Midget B @ Richcraft - HEO
Thursday 5th September
6-7 Atom A @ Sandy Hill
7-8 Peewee C @ Sandy Hill
8-9 Bantam C @ Sandy Hill
Friday 6th September
6-8 Atom C @ Richcraft - Recharge with Milk
8-9 Bantam C @ Richcraft - Recharge with Milk
9-10 Midget B @ Richcraft - Recharge with Milk
For the Novice Competitive team as per the Hockey Canada and OWHA directive, selection will begin with the Novice House League Sortout process but end with two ice times dedicated to the formation of the Novice COMP team. See our House League sortout schedule for all of the details.
If you have a specific question regarding any of the tryouts, please find below the OGHA coaching staff for the above teams.
Midget B – Kevin Marshall email@example.com
Bantam C – Ian Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Peewee C – Jen Wright email@example.com
Atom A – Natalie Julien firstname.lastname@example.org
Atom C – Harry Lake email@example.com
Novice Comp - David Hutchinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you find the sortout dates and times for our House League teams. Please make sure to register before stepping on the ice.
OGHA house league teams will play in the Metro Ottawa Girls Hockey League (MOGHL). You find more information about MOGHL on this website or by clicking the MOGHL tab above.
Sat 7th Sep - 7:15 to 8:15 am– Novice (Richcraft HEO)
Sun 8th Sep - 2 to 3 pm – Novice (Mcnabb)
Mon 9th Sep - 5:30 - 6:30 pm - COMP stream Only (Jim Durell)
Thurs 12th Sep - 6 - 7 pm - COMP stream Only (Sandy HIll)
Sat 14th Sep - 7:15 to 8:15 am– Novice (Richcraft Recharge with Milk)
Sun 15th Sep - 2 to 3 pm – Novice (Mcnabb)
(As per OWHA and Hockey Canada directive, Novice competitive tryouts will start as part of the sortout process BUT finish on September 12th)
Sat 7th Sep – 8:15 to 9:15 am -Atom (Richcraft HEO)
Sun 8th Sep – 3 to 4 pm – Atom (McNabb)
Sat 14th Sep – 8:15 to 9:15 am - Atom (Richcraft Recharge with Milk)
Sun 15th Sep – 3 to 4 pm – Atom (McNabb)
Sat 7th Sep – 9:15- 10:15 am- Peewee (Richcraft HEO)
Sun 8th Sep – 4 to 5 pm - Peewee (McNabb)
Sat 14th Sep – 9:15 to 10:15 am- Peewee ( Richcraft Recharge with Milk)
Sun 15th Sep – 4 to 5 pm – Peewee (McNabb)
Sat Sep 7th – 10:15 to 11:45 am – Bantam (Richcraft HEO)
Sun Sep 8th – 7 to 8:30 pm – Bantam (Sandy Hill)
Sat Sep 14th – 10:15 to 11:45 am – Bantam (Richcraft Recharge with Milk)
Sun Sep 15th – 7 to 8:30 pm – Bantam (Sandy Hill)
Sat Sep 7th – 11:45 to 1:15 pm – Midget (Richcraft HEO)
Sun Sep 8th – 8:30 to 10 pm – Midget (Sandy Hill)
Sat Sep 14th – 11:45 to 1:15 pm – Midget (Richcraft Recharge with Milk)
Sun Sep15th – 8:30 to 10 pm – Midget (Sandy Hill)
Ottawa Girls Hockey Association is proud to announce its partnership with NHL/NHLPA FISRT 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.fisrtshift.ca OR contact James Wojtyk email@example.com, of the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association.
Lets grow girl’s and women’s hockey together.
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