The OGHA's house league (HL) concept is designed to accommodate all age and skill levels. There is a combination of practices and games. The focus is to teach and develop age-appropriate skills in order for players to move on to the next level of hockey.
The winter session starts with sort-outs, held the second and third weekends in September. Sort-outs is the process by which evaluators assess the abilities of HL players and "sort" them into balanced teams. The dates, times and locations for sort-outs is posted on the website in mid-August.
Team practices start immediately after sort-outs. HL teams play in the Ottawa District Women's Hockey Association (ODWHA). League games begin in late September or early October, and extend until early February, after which play-offs begin. The play-offs culminate in a city championship day in late March or early April. HL teams usually have one practice and one game per week. The exact times and locations will vary. The rinks most commonly used for OGHA practices and home games are located centrally in Ottawa.
Registration for the winter session usually opens in March. The registration fee for HL players is $825, which includes 10 home games, two play-off home games, all away games, 12 hours of practice ice (or up to 24 half-ice practices), and one hour attributed to sort-outs. Team members may also be subject to "team fees" to pay for expenses such as the purchase of additional ice time, tournament entry fees, team equipment, etc.
Most teams elect to participate in occasional weekend tournaments, locally or out-of-town. These could include games on a Friday and would entail 3-6 games over 2-3 days.
For more information on the OGHA's HL, contact Mark Harris (House League Convenor) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information for convenors for individual age divisions is available at www.ogha.info/contact.
Development Stream (DS)
The OGHA offers DS teams at Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. (If there is enough interest/ numbers).
The goal is to offer further development and ice time to those at the HL level who wish to "add a little more hockey" to their season.
Details about DS teams can be found HERE.
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