Developmental Stream (DS)
ONTARIO WOMEN’S HOCKEY ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT STREAM (DS) PROGRAMME
2014 - 2015
Development Stream (DS) is a subset of the House League Programme, offering a tryout-based, enhanced opportunity for House League players who are:
- Looking for a development bridge to competitive hockey or
- Do not wish to make the commitment, in time or cost, to competitive hockey but are seeking more competition and skill development that is afforded by house league alone.
PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
- DS teams may be formed in novice, atom, peewee, bantam and midget divisions. The Intent to Register (ITR) fee is $25 per team.
- DS teams may only be formed from a registered OWHA House League. All players must be registered within the House League in the same division.
- DS tryouts may begin on or about November 1st.
- DS registration may commence on December 1st. Games may be played once the registration is complete.
- Teams may only play 17 players in a game but may roster up to and including 25 players. Pick up players are not permitted for a DS team.
- A DS team will not be permitted to register as a competitive team.
- DS teams may participate ONLY in DS divisions of sanctioned tournaments.
- DS teams are permitted to play a maximum of 8 exhibition games against other DS teams and attend a maximum of 3 DS tournaments each season.
- Schedules of exhibition and tournament games must be received through a method determined annually by the OWHA Executive Committee prior to any games being played.
- DS teams are not permitted to play in a league.
- Players playing on a DS team may also fully participate on their house league team and in house league tournaments.
- If a DS team is found to be in violation of requirements, the staff will be suspended and the players will be deemed to be members of the house league only. The Association is subject to losing its approval to operate DS teams for a full season.
- The Values of the OWHA.
- The purpose of this pilot project is to provide opportunities for players as noted in the rationale above.
- This project is designed to support house league teams and players and is to be managed accordingly.
- The onus is on the association and house league management to ensure the integrity of this project.
NOTE re # 9: For the 2014/2015 season, all games MUST be entered on ITSportsNet via the link on the OWHA web site www.owha.on.ca. Games MUST be entered as soon as they are scheduled.
(II) Development Stream (DS) is a subset of the House League Program, offering a tryout-based, enhanced opportunity for House League players who are a) looking for a development bridge to competitive hockey or b) do not wish to make the commitment, in time or cost, to competitive hockey, but are seeking more competition and skill development that is afforded by house league alone. DS tryouts may begin on or about November 1st each year, (day and date to be confirmed by OWHA executive each season). Each DS team may play 8 exhibition games per season, against other DS teams only. Each DS team may play in three OWHA sanctioned DS tournaments each season. Only players currently rostered in an Association’s HL may play on that Association’s DS team.
October 18, 2016
Registration for the Developmental Stream (DS) Program 2016-2017 is now open. All house league coaches will have a registration sheet that will collect all pertinent player and coach information.
The team will be selected by a committee who will watch your children’s regular season games. The evaluations will take place over a number of weekends. The committee will be made up of unbiased hockey minded individuals. The process will strive to be as fair as possible. We will ask the house league coaches to evaluate their players to help the selection committee come to a decision, which means every regular season game and practice will be monitored and evaluated. There is a possibility that some on ice tryouts will take place. The best 22 skaters and 3 goalies will be selected. The team will consist of the top 15 players and 2 goalies. We do not require equal representation from each team. The remaining 7 players and extra goalie will be named as alternates and included in the official roster in case of injury or if a player chooses to not participate in the program. All 25 will be included on the official roster and will be contacted through email or a phone call. It is recommended that the coach be nominated by the coaches, managers and convener or each division. If a consensus in the coach can not be reached the coach will be selected through an interview process. Coaches must have their NCCP Coach 2- Coach Level Trained as well as up to date police check and Respect in Sport certification. They do not need to be a coach for a present house league team.
We ask that the player and family be committed to the program. This will include on average 1 practice or game per week. This cannot interfere with the normal house league schedule. We expect the team to enter at least one tournament. The recommendation from the league will be the Brampton Canadettes Easter Weekend tournament. This is the largest girls/women’s tournament in the world. There will also be a financial commitment. The budget will be set once the team is selected. Each family will be responsible for their share of the cost for ice time and tournament entry fee. There may be fundraising involved.
The goal of the program is development. We hope the extra instruction and ice time will help the girls improve their overall skill and knowledge of the game. This program can be used for a developmental bridge to competitive hockey or for players that crave more competition than house league but do not want to make the commitment, in time or cost that are required with competitive hockey.
If you have any questions please contact me.