West Calgary House League (WCHL)

2020-2021 Season Information

U9 (Novice), U11 (Atom) and U13 (PeeWee)

IMPORTANT: Registration for WCHL will open July 1st, 2020.

The West Calgary House League is a part of Hockey Calgary’s Flames Community House League program and is composed of members from the South West quadrant encompassing the boundaries of Trails West Hockey Association, Glenlake Minor Hockey Club and Springbank Minor Hockey Association. Members who register for the West Calgary House League are governed by the Flames Community House League Operations Guide and the WCHL structure and procedures, including arena locations, as set forth below.  

Questions about West Calgary House League, please contact: westcalgaryhouseleague@gmail.com 

About WCHL

Philosophy

The purpose of house league is to provide recreational players the opportunity to play organized hockey in an environment that is affordable, fun, and safe with moderate time commitments allowing for participation in other social, academic or recreational activities.  It also provides a less intimidating and competitive format for players with limited skills and knowledge of hockey.

While House League emphasizes fun hockey with no statistics or standings, skill development is still provided by certified volunteer parent coaches and games are played with certified officials.  There are fewer ice times on mostly fixed dates and times and less travel.  All teams play in one division and are equally balanced with a variety of skill levels. The season runs from early October to the end of February with pre-skates and evaluations usually beginning the last weekend of September. All teams have one practice and one game per week.  Practice schedules are fixed as much as available ice will allow and game schedules released with as much advance notice as possible so families have reasonable knowledge of how their schedule will look.  Teams are not permitted to play games or participate in tournaments outside their league or purchase additional ice for practices. There are no cash calls or fundraising permitted.  As demand for this program is high, registration is on a first come basis with a maximum number of players allowed per age division so register early. Every registered player is required to have a valid Respect in Sport – Parent certification.

It is essential that parents step up to volunteer for the various roles required to run the league smoothly. These roles include, but are not limited to, coaches, on ice volunteers and team managers.  Without enough volunteers, we will not be able to continue to run the league.

League Location/Home Arenas

We have worked closely with Hockey Calgary to secure ice at George Blundun/Optimist arenas (Optimist Park) for WCHL practices and games. This location is central to the boundaries of WCHL members and assists with reducing travel time for families during the season. 

ICE SHORTFALLS: Exceptions may occur in location(s) where ice was not available to be secured at Optimist Park, the WCHL Home arenas.  To accommodate the shortfall(s), ice will be pooled from the South West quadrant (Trails West, Glenlake and Springbank home arenas) and these secondary locations will be rotated equally through teams of the age groups affiliated with that set day.

Game Jerseys

WCHL game jerseys are sponsored by the Calgary Flames every other year and supplied by WCHL for the other year and players may keep their jerseys every season.

Friend Requests

Requests must be made at the time of registration. Every effort will be made to accommodate ONE RECIPROCATED friend request per player but requests are not guaranteed. The league retains the right to place players on teams with the priority of coach placement and forming balanced teams over accommodating friend requests. . Due to the volume of requests, friend requests will NOT be accepted after registration is submitted.

Respect in Sport - Parent

Hockey Alberta has instituted a mandatory RIS Parent program with the goal to educate our membership for all new families to Hockey Calgary.  Recertification for current families will be required every 4 years.  This means if you took the course in 2016 or earlier you will be required to re-certify for the upcoming season. Players will not be placed on teams for the 2020-2021 season until RIS Parent re-certification has been completed.  For more information, please review the Respect in Sport-Parent section under the Registration tab.

Coach Qualifications

Coaches for House League are required to have the same coach qualifications as community stream. Exception is U11 Head Coaches are not required to have the Checking Skills qualification but it is strongly recommended. Note, Checking Skills qualification (online and in person clinics) are required for PeeWee Head Coaches.

For reimbursement of coach clinics/courses, please complete and submit the WCHL Coach Reimbursement Form.

Fees

$725.00  (note a late fee of $100 will be applied to registrations after August 15th, space permitting)

Withdrawal/Refund

Player withdrawal requests should be directed to the Age Group Coordinator for forwarding to the applicable association Administrator for processing.  Note, late fees are non-refundable.

  • Prior to pre-skates: Full refund of regular registration fees less $50 administrative fee
  • Prior to evaluation skates: Full refund of regular registration fees less $100 administrative fee 
  • Prior to team placement: Full refund of regular registration fees less $200 administrative fee 
  • After team placement: No refund

 

Season Dates

October - February

Pre-Skates and Evaluations

Late September / early October.  The exact times to be determined once registration closes.

Player Allowance

Subject to registration numbers but will be capped as noted below:

  • U9 (formerly Novice): 12 teams
  • U11 (formerly Atom):   12 teams
  • U13 (formerly PeeWee): 6 teams

Waitlist Option - Should registration in an age group become full before August 15, there will be an option to select and register, as part of the WCHL registration form, on a waitlist.  If there is a sufficient number of players registered on the waitlist in an age group, an additional team(s) may be added to the WCHL provided the league can secure additional fixed ice.  Important to note:  Should this occur, it may affect the ability of the league to maintain the age group fixed day schedule resulting in a rotating schedule for practices and/or games on a different day than noted below for that age group.

West Calgary House League (WCHL) Season Dates 2020-2021

**SCHEDULE HAS BEEN UPDATED** (11Nov20) - notably last practice & game dates and no WCHL Festival nor Esso Minor Hockey Week blackout 

EventDateNotes
Pre-Skate (1) Sept 23-25on same weekday as age division practice day
Pre-Skate (2) Sept 26-27on same weekend day as age division game day
Evaluation Skate (1)Sept 30 - Oct 2on same weekday as age division practice day
Evaluation Skate (2)Oct 3-4on same weekend day as age division game day
Fall (2020)
Practices startOct 14-16
Games startOct 17-18
Picture DayNovember 14Glenbrook Community Hall
Last game (2020)Dec 5-6
Dec 12
U11/U13
U9
Last Practice (2020)Dec 16-18
Holiday BreakDec 19 - Jan 3
Winter (2021)
Practices startJan 6-8
Games startJan 9-10
Last practicesFeb 25-26
Last gameFeb 27-28
PRACTICE daysGAME days
U9 (Novice)WednesdaySaturday
U11 (Atom)FridaySunday
U13 (PeeWee)ThursdaySaturday

U9 Practices - Wednesday: Can start as early as 4:15pm and will mainly be at George Blundun or Optimist, however may rotate occasionally to other locations where ice shortfalls might occur (see above for further details)

*U9 Games - Saturday: Can start as early as 7:00am and will be at George Blundun or Optimist, however may rotate occasionally where ice shortfalls might occur (see above for further details)

 

U11 Practices - Friday: Can start as early as 4:15pm and will be at George Blundun or Optimist, however may rotate occasionally to other locations where ice shortfalls might occur (see above for further details)

U11 Games - Sunday: Can start as early as 7:00am and will rotate through various arenas within the SouthWest quadrant

 

U13 Practices - Thursday: Can start as early as 4:15pm and will be at George Blundun or Optimist, however may rotate occasionally to other locations where ice shortfalls might occur (see above for further details)

U13 Games - Saturday: Can start as early as 7:00am (but usually 8:30am) and will be at George Blundun or Optimist, however may rotate occasionally to other locations where ice shortfalls might occur (see above for further details)

Schedule Exceptions

Holiday Break (no practices or league games):  Dec 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021

WCHL Festival

Due to Return to Play restrictions for the 2020-2021 season, the WCHL Festival will not be offered this season

WCHL Contacts and Resources