The OGHA fields competitive teams from Novice to Intermediate/Senior. Competitive teams have letters after the age-grouping (ie. Novice B, Atom AA, Bantam C, Intermediate/Senior A) to indicate the competitive tier. The winter session starts with tryouts in the spring (usually late April) for Intermediate AA/Lady 67's, Midget AA, Bantam AA, Bantam A, Peewee AA, Peewee A teams or mid- to late-August for all other competitive teams. Fees for tryouts are indicated in the Registration section of the website.
Team practices start in late August or early September. Competitive teams play in the Ottawa District Womens Hockey Association (ODWHA) League, which competes throughout Eastern Ontario. League games begin in late September or early October and extend until early February, after which league play-offs and provincial play-downs begin. League play-offs culminate in a city championship day in late March or early April. The Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) provincial championships usually take place in Toronto in early-mid April.
Competitive teams are on the ice three to five times per week and may have additional off-ice training sessions. The OGHA offers competitive teams standardized practice times each week. The rinks most commonly used for OGHA practices and home games are located centrally in Ottawa.
Registration for the winter session usually opens in the spring. The registration fee for competitive players is $825, which includes ten home games, two play-off home games, all away games and 13 hours of practice ice. Team members are subject to additional "team fees" to pay for expenses such as the purchase of extra practice ice, tournament entry fees, team equipment, etc. In addition, competitive teams may be required to purchase additional apparel, such as team jackets, as determined by the coach.
Competitive teams participate in several weekend tournaments, locally and out-of-town. These include games on a Friday and entail 3-6 games over 2-3 days.
For more information on the OGHA's competitive program, contact our Vice-President Hockey Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.