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

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Woolwich Wild rep teams are part of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL).

How many games can I expect to play?

The regular season is 22 games, starting at the beginning of October going through the end of January.  In the 6 weeks between the start of February and the middle of March, we play up to three best-of-3 playoff rounds, plus four to eight round robin qualifying games for the OWHA Provincials tournament.

The League Championship weekend is at the end of March, and the Provincial tournament is in early April.

How much practice time will I have?
Woolwich rep teams have approximately two 50-minute practices per week.  Some of those practices will be shared ice, and a few of those practice times will be used for scheduling of games.

DIVISION

AGE1

PRACTICES1

REGULAR SEASON GAMES

ANTICIPATED

DAYS OF PLAY2,3

NOVICE

7, 8

1 or 2 per week

22

Typically weeknight practices plus 1 to 2 games per week on average. Games can be on weeknights or weekends.

ATOM

9, 10

1 or 2 per week

22

Typically weeknight practices plus 1 to 2 games per week on average. Games can be on weeknights or weekends.

PEEWEE

11, 12

1 or 2 per week

22

Typically weeknight practices plus 1 to 2 games per week on average. Games can be on weeknights or weekends.

BANTAM

13, 14

1 or 2 per week

22

Typically weeknight practices plus 1 to 2 games per week on average. Games can be on weeknights or weekends.

MIDGET

15, 16, 17

1 or 2 per week

22

Typically weeknight practices plus 1 to 2 games per week on average. Games can be on weeknights or weekends.

SENIOR

19 and older

3 per season

18

1 per week on average
Home games are typically on Sundays

1Age as of December 31st.

2These are the planned days and typical amounts of ice time, the actual schedule may vary. Holidays and special events at the arena(s) may cause ice times to be cancelled.

3The practice schedule will not be finalized until late September. We will announce our anticipated practice nights for rep teams in mid-August. Check back here at that time.

 

When will the full schedule be released?
Schedules for September will be posted in early August.

The full season practice schedule, for October through February, will be released late September.

The game schedule for October through January is released by the beginning of October.  League playoffs and Provincial Playdowns will begin February 1st with the schedule being released as it becomes available.

Will Rep teams play during the Thanksgiving weekend?
YES. The ice season is too short, and there are simply not enough weekends between October and January to complete our full regular season schedule if we don't play on the Thanksgiving weekend. Games and practices will be scheduled as normal on the Saturday.  There will be no home ice on the Sunday or Monday, but it is possible to have an away game.

Will Rep teams play during the Christmas holiday season?
• Games and practices may be scheduled up to and including December 22nd.

• Typically, games and practices will not be scheduled between December 23rd and January 1st, however an individual team may decide to practice or play a game or enter a tournament during this time period.  Your coach or manager will inform you of such a decision.

• Games and practices may resume starting January 2nd.

Will Rep teams play during the Family Day weekend?
YES. This is the playoff portion of the season and there is very little time during which to complete the required games.  Games and practices will be scheduled as normal on the Saturday and Sunday.  There will be no home games or practices on the Monday.

Will Rep teams play during March Break?
Typically, rep teams try not to schedule playoff or playdown games during March Break.  However, if scheduling with an opponent becomes challenging it may become necessary to schedule a game during this time period.  Practices may be scheduled on the last Sunday of March Break, and individual teams may decide to practice during March Break.

What about tournaments?
Most Woolwich rep teams enter two or three tournaments during the year – this is decided upon by the team as a whole.  Rep hockey tournaments typically start on a Friday and continue through the weekend.  They are a lot of fun for girls and parents!

All rep teams have a team budget used to track additional costs for the team, such as tournament fees.  All parents are expected to contribute their share of the total approved budget amount.

How far will I have to drive?
Woolwich teams are part of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL).  Each year, the LLFHL divisions (loops) are put together once the league knows how many teams are registered in each category.  The loops that we are in vary from year to year and can vary by division (Novice to Midget).  We have driven as far as Sarnia and Goderich in the west, and Niagara Falls and St. Catharines in the east, depending on the season.  We also play teams from centres like Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Twin Centre, and Wilmot.

Is there an extra cost?
Yes, rep teams do have to pay additional fees.  There is a $30 fee per player for rep team tryouts to help cover the cost of the ice, and there is a rep player fee once you've made the team that covers extra practice ice (approximately 2 practices per week instead of 1) and league registration costs.  This season, 2018 – 19, the fee was $325 for all rep teams with the exception of Bantam A and Midget BB, which is $600 to reflect their increased game length and practices.

How competitive is it?
In female rep hockey, there are 5 categories for rep teams – AA, A, BB, B and C.  Woolwich teams typically are registered in the A, BB, B and C categories.  Our emphasis is on fair ice time for all players and having fun, as well as playing at a higher skill level than Local League.

Any special equipment requirements?
Full hockey gear, along with a mouth guard, is required. See equipment checklist for details: WoolwichWildEquipmentCheckList

All rep players must have red pants and helmets (goalie masks excluded), so that the players will all match.  We also expect players to have some kind of Wild clothing to wear off-ice to games and tournaments.

Do I need to purchase goaltending equipment if my daughter is a goaltender?

The WGMHA has goalie equipment that is loaned to girls that wish to play in net.  Girls may also purchase their own equipment.

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

Rep team tryouts are held starting in late April for the 1st and 2nd tier Atom to Midget rep teams, and again in early September for the remaining team(s).  There is a $30 tryout fee to help cover the cost of the ice.  Please check our website for rep tryout dates and times.

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