Frequently Asked Questions
Age divisions within minor hockey are set by Hockey Canada as follows (age is set at the player’s age as of midnight on December 31st):
- U7 – Under 7 years of age
- U9 – Under 9 years of age
- U11 – Under 11 years of age
- U13 – Under 13 years of age
- U15 – Under 15 years of age
- U18 – Under 18 years of age
(This used to be a bit trickier for new parents under the old division naming scheme!!)
All moves up or down, between Atom and Initiation/Novice divisions will be discussed amongst parents, Coaching Coordinator, team coaches and Division Managers in both effected Divisions. The final decision rests with the relevant Division Manager(s). Decisions may be appealed to the Executive.
Parents of a player in the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam divisions who believe that their child’s hockey skills have surpassed the age level they are in, may apply to the Executive, in writing, to move the player to a higher division. The player will first be evaluated by the team’s coaches of the higher division. The Head Coach will make a recommendation to the Executive. If the coaches cannot reach a decision, the Executive will appoint an independent team of three evaluators to further evaluate the player. The evaluators will make a recommendation to the Executive. The Executive decision is final.
There are three significant criteria in factoring player movement: space limitations on the receiving team; the ability of the player to play in the higher division, and the effect the player movement will have on the lower division team.
If a player is judged by their coach as having skill below their age level the coach may make a recommendation to the Division Manager, after consultation with the parent, to place the player in a lower division as an ‘over-age’ player. The Division Manager decision is final. All over-age requests must be submitted to WKMHA for approval.
All players will start the season in their proper divisions.
AP stands for “Affiliate Player”. An AP is one who is eligible to play for a team in a higher category/division than he/she is registered. CMHA supports player development and will encourage the opportunity for those players who are able to practice at a higher level when the opportunity arises, as long as it doesn’t negatively impact the players team.
BC Hockey lists all clinics that are available to register for in your area. If nothing is listed yet you can also contact the CMHA Referee In Chief for information about upcoming clinics.
Minor Hockey Fees
- Initiation Half Seasons run Oct-Dec or Jan-Mar
- Sibling discount applies to the 3rd and subsequent children in the same family (50% off the lowest regular registration, doesn't include rep fees)
- Rep try out fees are $75 (non-refundable)
We will try keep that information on the teams section of their division page, or check with your coach or team manager.