Registration FAQ's (South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association)

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South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association (SMMHA) 
Frequently Asked Questions

***Please note: We are now at full capacity due to restrictions we are facing given by the Government, Health Unit and Facilities.  We will continue to have a waiting list created for 21/22 season in hopes things change and we can add players to the ice.  Please contact [email protected] if you would like to be placed on the list***

I have a new player interested in hockey... What do I do? Who do I contact?
You will find a lot of information on this website... 
»This page will tell you about the cost of hockey
Once you have decided you would like to play, or if you still have questions after reading our information, please send an email to this address, we require a copy of your players birth certificate, home address, telephone number, email address and parent/guardians name in order to get you registered for hockey. 

**How do I login?**
All NEW & RETURNING players MUST create a NEW Hockey Canada login and password for the 2021/2022 season

Hockey can be expensive, are there options for financial assistance?
If you are in need of financial assistance, help may be available through some of the following sources, please contact them directly:
~Children's Foundation of Muskoka
*If you are applying for assistance please send a confidential email to this address to let us know, we will make arrangements to have your child participate while the application is being processed. Applications for assistance can take several weeks for some organizations to process, please send in your requests as early as possible.

Is there anything I need to do before my child can play?
Yes! There is a mandatory Parent Respect in Sport course at lease one parent/ guardian must complete before your player can be assigned (rostered) to a team. 
The cost for this course is around $12, is the responsibility of the family, takes a couple of hours (may be completed in multiple sessions, if you choose), is only available online, and is not reimbursable. If you have more than one player in your immediate family, this course only needs to be completed once, you can link your other players to your profile. This course does not expire. More information on the Parent Respect in Sport Course may be found here.

Where will my child be playing hockey?
Our South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association has amalgamated two centers; Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. We typically use the arenas in both of those towns for practices and home games. 
Due to the number of players we have along with the amount of ice time we have been allotted from our two towns, we are sometimes forced to go outside of these two towns. We may be offering practice times and specialty clinics in some of the surrounding arenas such as, Bala, Baysville, Port Carling... etc.

What days will my child play?
This is a difficult question to answer before the season starts. 
We do not know what our registration numbers will be until everyone registers, so we do not know how many teams we will have in each division. Our ice allocation is not given to us from the Town of Bracebridge or the Town of Gravenhurst until June, which prevents us from knowing which days we have ice available. We will make every effort to get a schedule out as early as possible, to at least let you know which days your player can be expected to be on the ice for each level. 

SMMHA offers early registration, at a discounted rate, to try and gather our registration numbers sooner and help accommodate 
our planning.

We aim for a weeknight practice each week for Local League, with most of their games happening on Saturdays or Sundays. Due to many factors some seasons require us to rotate weeknight practices to every other week, those teams will receive a practice time on the weekend (trying to maintain 2x/week). 

U5 (formally Cubs) will have one 50 minute ice time per week, most weeks.

U7 (formally Initiation) will have two 50 minute ice times per week, most weeks. 

Rep teams usually have 2 practice times during the week (some teams are 6:30am, some may use Baysville), the majority of their games are on weekends.
**Occasionally there are town booked events and tournaments that may cause some teams to loose an ice time**

How long is the hockey season?
The hockey season will be about 7 - 8 months depending on division. Our new player development sessions will start September 7th, 2021 with tryouts for Rep teams starting September 24th, 2021.  Local League teams will be able to start September 7th as well as our U5, U7 & U9 programs. The season will vary on divsion with meaningful hockey being provided into March 2022. A format to determine Rep teams for playoffs will be announced at a later date with OMHA playoffs in April 2021.  There is a break December 24th - Jan 1st, as well as the weekdays in March Break with optional practices available on those March Break weekends (coaches will have more specific details at a later date).

What equipment is my player required to wear?
Mandatory Required CSA Approved Equipment is as follows:

  • Helmet
  • Neck Guard
  • Mouth Guard
  • Jock or Jill Strap
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Knee/ Shin Pads
  • Hockey Pants
  • Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Stick 

You are purchasing socks and jersey within your fees and will be provided them at the beginning of the season. Rep teams will be required to purchase an additional jersey through their rep fees.

My child has played hockey with another association, now we are moving to this area...

Please  contact our South Muskoka Minor Hockey Registrar.