House League

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About the Blackburn Stingers

The Blackburn Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) provides hockey programs for players aged from 4 year old Initiation to 20 year old Juvenile.  Whether you are a player, a parent or a coach-in-waiting, this page is meant to help explain what you can expect when playing on a Blackburn Stingers House League team.

House League, which is considered a participation-oriented level of hockey, offers programs for Novice (7-8 year olds); Atom (9-10 year olds); Peewee (11-12 year olds); Bantam (13-14 year olds); Midget (15-17 year olds) and Juvenile (18-20 year olds).  At each division, teams may be divided into A, B and C levels depending primarily on the number of players and their skills levels.

What does A, B or C level mean and what should I expect?

The Association assigns game and practice-ice hours equally for all teams at each age group, regardless of A, B or C level.  Coaches on each team then generally make a request to players and parents as to how many “extras” they feel they need, in order to reach the goals of the development plan established for the season.

The C level is generally associated with beginners, those still new to hockey, and those who didn’t start to play until they were a little older. Beyond the League games and practices which are already scheduled for everyone, those who are participating on a C level team can expect throughout a typical season, that the coach will want to:

  • buy some extra ice time for practices and/or exhibition games, and
  • participate in at least two tournaments (possibly including one “out-of-town”).

The B level is generally meant to represent the bulk of all hockey players for each age group. Beyond the typical League games and practices, participants on a B level team can expect throughout a typical season that the coach will want to:

  • buy some extra ice time for practices and/or exhibition games,
  • run 1-3 specialty training clinics (Skating/Stick Handling/Body Positioning),
  • participate in 2-4 tournaments (one of which is typically “out-of-town”).

The A level is generally meant to represent the top level of House League Hockey for each age group. Being one level removed from competitive, those who are participating on an A level team can expect that the coach will want to:

  • buy extra ice time for practices and exhibition games,
  • run some specialty training clinics and/or off-ice training sessions,
  • participate in 4-5 tournaments (with at least one being “out-of-town”)

Note: All of the above “extras” are decided by parents, at a team meeting which is held at the very beginning of each season. This page is only meant to advise parents of what they can expect the Coach is most likely to be suggesting.