Stingers Hockey
For Parents


Questions about equipment for your player?  Check out our equipment sizing and recommendations.  Goalie parents? We can help there too.


The BMHA is always in aways in need of great people to help run team, events and general league operations.  Click here to see how you can help.

Helping Pay for Hockey

The BMHA sets aside part of its budget to help subsidise the cost of registration fees for those in financial need.  A subsidy is available for House League applications only.  Click here for more information.

Team Roles

Every team needs a group of dedicated parents to help run the Team.  Different team roles require different levels of commitment. So you can tailor you involvement to suit your availability.  Click here for more details.


As participants in our child's overall experience as a young hockey player.  We has parents have a responsibility to ensure that both we as parents and our children behave respecfully toward others.


Where is that game? practice? event?  Click here to view the league schedules.

Before Your Player Hits the Ice

Before any BMHA player is allow to begin participating in association on ice activities a number of mandatory forms and waivers must be completed.  These are the same documents that were acknowledged during your registration process.  See below for more details and links to the forms.

  • Medical Liability/Release Form - The completion of the Medical Liability/Release Form is required prior to the respective player being allowed on the ice for player evaluations at the beginning of the season.
  • Fair Play Pledge Form - The BMHA has created the Fair Play and Safety Program.  As part of the program, parents and players must review and sign the pledge form prior to the beginning of start of regular season games.  Parent forms can be found here and the players forms can be found here.
  • Respect for Hockey Parents Program  - At least one parent per player registering at either Initiation Program (IP) or Novice levels, or any new player at any level MUST have completed and be able to show evidence of such completion, the mandatory Respect for Hockey Parents Program prior to the respective player’s being able to play any regular season games – the cost of this program is $12 and is separate from the BMHA registration costs. For more information on the Respect for Sports for Parents program, please go to their website here.
  • Rowan’s Law Acknowledgment Form - As of July 1, 2019Rowan’s Law concussion awareness rules came into effect as mandated by the Government of Ontario. The HEO/BMHA is required to have all registered players (and parents if player is under 18 years old) review the concussion awareness resource for their child’s age category and complete the HEO Rowan’s Law Acknowledgment Form. The form must be submitted to their respective convenor either before or at the first sort out session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Team Tips


Make sure you check TeamSnap well in advance to make sure you know which Arena you are heading to.


If parents are simply trying to introduce their kids to hockey, success should be measured in clearly defined stages, Frank said. Maybe the first trip to a rink is about simply trying it. Maybe the second time is about persevering if they fall down.

“As they fall in love with it more, asking you if they can come back, then you can start progressing the goals to more skill-based things,” said Frank. “Getting mad because kids don’t want to stay, or putting pressure on them because they’re lying down making snow angels on the ice, those are mistakes some parents make. Sometimes just letting go is important. Be patient and let kids enjoy it at their own pace.”


Chances are that a naturally coordinated young athlete can pick up a lot of land sports pretty quickly. On the ice, though? That’s another matter, and parents should be prepared.

“It’s important for the parents to understand that hockey requires a completely new and foreign form of locomotion,” Frank said. “Parents think if you can run and jump and throw you’re going to be OK, but if a kid has never skated before, it’s hard at first.”

It can be particularly difficult for a parent who has never played the game.

“If parents have no experience, they have no idea how hard it is,” Frank added. “They might wonder, ‘Why aren’t they going faster?’ They don’t grasp that it requires learning a whole new skill set. Other kids who are younger and smaller, even if they’ve been doing it for a couple months, can be so much further ahead.”


“Remember your job ends when you drop them at the rink. Don’t try and coach them from the stands. Let the coaches coach and just be supportive of their effort.” – Amy Eisenhauer Craig

“It is good to know that the referees watch the game from a different angle and will see things differently than you. Also keep in mind that your kids are watching and listening to you, if you disrespect the referees and coaches, you are teaching your kids that it is ok to disrespect authority figures.” – Joe Cummings


“Most coaches/coaching staff and league administration are volunteers. It’s easy to criticize from the sidelines but much more effective to become a volunteer and help improve the situation that you see needs fixing. Offer solutions instead of just criticism… most people have their hearts in the right spot and would welcome the advice and/or extra help.

Let your kid(s) have fun, and have fun with them by cheering from the stands.” – Elissa Plastino

“If you have a strong opinion about plays on the ice, volunteer to referee. If you have a problem with coaching, volunteer to coach.” – Daniel Brown


Check in on a regular basis to be sure they’re happy and having fun. It’s easy to get caught up in a never ending schedule of practices and games and forget they’re kids who might feel after awhile an obligation (not a desire) to play.” – Robin Sankowski Grenier

“Make sure they still get to have fun and do some other activities with family and friends.” – Elizabeth Perry


“Get to know your kids’ teammates’ parents. It makes the season more enjoyable if you are a united parent unit.” – Cassandra Krenz

Carpool with other parents or grandparents.” – Jennifer Doyle

“Remember to cheer for other people’s kids, we teach sportsmanship from the sidelines too.” – Sara Phelan


Don’t get hung up on the best sticks, skates, and equipment. When your kids are just starting out they don’t need that 200 dollar stick or those 500 dollar skates. Get good equipment that fits right and is protective. Get good skates that are properly fitted — don’t get them a couple of sizes too big thinking they can grow into them. They won’t be able to skate properly on too big skates. Never buy a used helmet, though. Their noggin is much too valuable. Other things like pads, gloves and pants can usually be found rather inexpensively new or even gently used.” – Ariel Enhaynes


From a coaching perspective: If you’re unhappy with something (ie: your child’s ice time, special teams, locker room issues, etc.), wait 24 hours to cool off and then ask about it. Don’t demand that your child receive more ice time, play a different position, or whatever it may be without knowing the reason. Likewise, maintain respectful communication with your child’s coach. I’ve seen good players get cut from teams because the head coach doesn’t want to deal with their parents. Also, do your best to ensure that your child adheres to team rules (ie: no swimming before games at the hotel, in room by curfew, attendance at team meetings).

From a player perspective: don’t be that over-involved parent shouting from the bleachers. It can be embarrassing for your child and make them less enthusiastic about the game. It can also lead to confusion if what you’re yelling contradicts what their coaches are teaching them.” – Maggie Benson

Jersey Care

It is every team's responsibility to arrive with Home (white) and/or Away (red) Jerseys to every game.

Some teams request that two families take responsibility for the management of game jerseys. The family with the required jerseys for a game hands the jerseys in to the change room prior to the game and collects them again after the game is complete. If needed they will also launder the set in preparation for the next game.

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Game Day Tasks

On each game day there are a number of duties that need to be performed.  Aside from the obvious bench staff duties with players there some key activities that need to be managed by the teams parent volunteers.


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Making Complaints

Any issues with team members, fellow parents or bench staff should be brought to the attention of the Head Coach.   If the issue is with the Coach please let the Division Convenor know.

At times watching hockey can be intense experience as a parent, friend or family.  If an incident occurs during a game or practice that is particularly  upsetting with a coach or bench staff please wait 24 hours before approaching people, allowing cooler heads to prevail.

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