Wild Local League (Woolwich Wild - Elmira, St. Jacobs, Breslau Girls Hockey)

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What is Local League?
Local League hockey is a group of hockey teams from various centres which compete regularly in a recreational league.  Woolwich Wild has several local league teams ranging from Novice to Intermediate (girls age 7 to 21).  For girls age 4 to 6 we offer a Wild Rookie Program (typically 1 ice time per week) and for 6 year olds we offer an Initiation 6 program (typically 2 ice times per week).

The Woolwich Girls Minor Hockey Association competes in a league referred to as the K-W Local League.  This league was formed so girls from our surrounding local area would have other teams to play against.  The K-W Local League currently includes teams from: Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Grand River (Centre Wellington - Elora/Fergus/Salem), Milverton, Stratford, Tavistock, Twin Centres (St. Clements/Wellesley), Wilmot (New Hamburg area), Woodstock and Woolwich.  In order to play in the K-W Local League, a player is not permitted to play on a Rep team with any association.

How much ice time can I expect?
Local League teams play a minimum of 20 games (24 for Midget and Intermediate).  Typically, this means one home or away game per week.

Novice, Atom, Peewee and Bantam Local League teams also have approximately one practice time per week (50 minutes in length).  Midget and Intermediate Local League teams have some practices at the start of the season and then an occasional extra practice thereafter.

What amount of ice time will I get in a game?
All players will receive fair playing time in all games regardless of their skill level.

What is the process for the regular season and play-offs?
The regular season is 10 games (12 for Midget and Intermediate), starting at the beginning of October and running until just before Christmas.

At this point, the teams are split into two or three ‘Pools’ (ie A, B...), based on the number of teams in the division and their standings at the end of the regular season, for the play-off round.  This process allows the play to be more competitive and fair for the 2nd half of the season.  The play-off round runs until early March with each team playing 10 games (12 for Midget and Intermediate).  No hockey is played during March Break.

The top four teams in each pool qualify for the Championship round which is one semi-final game.  The winner of each semi-final game will advance to the Championship game for their pool.  The K-W Local League has one day near the end of March on which all Championship games are played for each division (Novice to intermediate) in each pool

What about tournaments?
The Woolwich Local League teams all participate in the Jason Cripps Memorial Tournament that is held annually in Kitchener between Christmas and New Years.  The cost of this tournament is included in the WGMHA registration fee.

In addition to this, most teams enter one or two other tournaments during the year.  The timing and location of the tournament(s) is decided in consultation with the whole team.  Any additional tournaments must be voted on by the players’ parents or guardians.  Tournament fees are paid by the parents.

With the exception of Jason Cripps, tournaments typically start on a Friday and continue through the weekend.  They are a lot of fun for girls and parents!

What does my daughter need to play?
Full hockey gear, along with a mouthguard, is required. See equipment checklist for details Woolwich Wild Equipment Checklist

As red helmets (with the exception of goalie masks) and red pants are mandatory for our representative teams, we suggest you purchase these items in red if you are buying new equipment.

Do I need to purchase goaltending equipment if my daughter wants to try goaltending?
The WGMHA has goalie equipment that is loaned to girls that wish to play in net.  Girls may also purchase their own equipment.

At the Novice level, goaltending is typically shared between all the girls with everyone getting the opportunity to try goaltending.  At higher levels there is usually a specific goaltender, but the role may need to be rotated through the team if the team does not have a goaltender.

How do I register?
Our Registration page on this website contains the registration information for this season.  You can also contact our registrar at [email protected].

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