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Last Updated May 5, 2021
Even though summer is just around the corner, we are ready to welcome you back for another hockey season this fall!
Due to COVID-19, we expect that hockey will likely continue to look different this upcoming season, but we remain hopeful that we will return to some of our traditions such as games and tournaments. We are actively planning for the coming season and will continue adapting these plans as more information is made available by our Provincial Health Authority, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey.
Our Minor Hockey Registration will be open for new members and returning players on Wednesday May 5th. You will notice the registration platform is not our usual Hockey Canada Registrar (HCR). This is because Hockey Canada is updating their software and it will not be available until June which would put us behind in our planning for next season. Returning players will have priority registration until June 30th.
Important Registration Deadlines/Information
- Early Bird Pricing deadline: May 21st
- Player Registration Deadline: June 30th
- $250 Deposit will be charged to your member account, on the June statement
- Click HERE to register!
- Controls will be in place to provide players with a specified path to the rink they’re playing on, the facilities will have clearly marked physical distancing parameters.
- Directional signage will be located around the facility and will indicate where to go next.
- Players will be required to observe physical distancing markers on the benches and in the dressing rooms, at all times.
- Players are permitted to have a maximum of one (1) parent/guardian accompany them to the rink. Siblings should not accompany this parent unless absolutely necessary.
- There will be limited viewing space (both indoors and rink side), where they will be able to remain physically distanced from other spectators while watching their child’s game.
- Players 16 and under need to arrive to the rink fully dressed. Dressing rooms will be available provided that participants abide by the markers within each room that specify physical distancing between participants. A maximum of nine (9) participants will be allowed into each dressing room. All participants are required to be able to tie their own skates and get themselves dressed if they choose to use the dressing room. Benches beside the rink or Family dressing rooms (max 1-2 players per bench) will be available for younger players and their parent.
- Touchless Water fountains will available for use, but limited. Players must bring their own water bottle and it is not to be shared among players. It is recommended players fill their bottle at home.
- Showers will not be available until PHO orders lessen
- Food services are available at the club. No cash at this time.
- 2 60-minute ice-slots for practice or development. Minimum of 1 game per week.
- Scrimmages will include 3on3, 4on4, and 5on5 play
- Exhibition games against other associations (abiding by viaSport & BC Hockey guidelines)
- Competitive League play within the PCAHA (when applicable)
- No handshakes or fist bumps allowed.
- No spitting. Warning and consequences will occur.
- Balanced teams
- Regular progress testing
- Team Swag
- Team Development Sessions – 20
- Group Goalie Development (goalie gear will be provided)
- Season aligned with previous years (game play could start before November)
- Exhibition games with other associations
- Protective Face Covering for Athletes: All athletes participating in hockey must adhere to the face covering level relating to the government guidelines at time of play.
- Red Level: Mandatory Full Face Shield – Government still has restrictions in place that may not allow hockey to return without full face shields
- Yellow Level (BC): Recommended but not mandatory Full Face Shield – Government has lifted restrictions allowing hockey to return without full face shields. Social distancing guidelines are still in effect.
- Green Level: Government has lifted all social distancing guidelines. Minimum half visor for Adults and full cage for Youth.
- It is required by PHO orders that anyone entering the facility need to wear a mask at all times.
- Coaches and team staff are required to wear cloth masks when playing, in the dressing room or on the bench.20
2021-2022 Minor Hockey Registration Now Open
In an effort to provide a full overview for members of the various fees and financial expectations for NSWC minor hockey players, we will provide an outline of all fees that have been set for the upcoming season.
Hockey Registration Fees
This is the base fee amount that will be charged to all players based on the standardized elements that are provided to every player. This includes, but not limited to:
- Ice Activity Fee (same as 2020-21)
- BC Hockey & PCAHA Fees (includes a 50% discount from last season)
- Regularly scheduled games & practices (minimum 1 game & 2 practice/development ice times per week)
- Jerseys, socks, & team gear
- Player testing & software; detailed player evaluations
- Administrative, team & individual support from Technical Directors
Early Bird Registration Fees (by May 21st): $850
Regular Registration Fees: $925
Initiation (U6-U9, Tyke & Novice): $880 (inclusive of team development fees)
*$480 of the Female Tyke registration fees are waived for their first year of hockey
Development Team Fees
These will be charged based on division, roster size and number of development sessions allocated to each team. To ensure that players are receiving top-end development at all levels, these fees will include:
- Coaching fees (rep & female)
- Team Snap fees
- Team development
- Goalie specific development
- Team supplies/equipment
- Educational sessions: mental training, nutritional seminars, future planning etc.
This allows for consistency in the program at all levels, and provides families with more transparency into the overall team cost, which will then be billed based on the final roster sizes.
|Estimated per Team||Projected Roster Size||Estimated Cost Per Player|
|Female U13||$8,500||11-14||$605 – $775|
|Female U18||$5,225||10-15||$350 – $520|
|U11 – A1||$19,725||12-15||$1,315 – $1,645|
|U11 – A2||$14,975||12-15||$999 – $1,250|
|U11 – A3||$14,975||12-15||$999 – $1,250|
|U11 – A4||$13,975||13-17||$825 – $1,075|
|U11 – Hawks||$5,525||13-17||$325 – $425|
|U13 – A1||$22,325||13-17||$1,315 – $1,720|
|U13 – A2||$15,225||13-17||$895 – $1,170|
|U13 – A3||$14,975||13-17||$880 – $1,150|
|U13 – A4||$13,975||13-17||$825 – $1,075|
|U13 – Hawks||$5,525||13-17||$325 – $425|
|U15 – A1||$21,725||14-18||$1,205 – $1,555|
|U15 – A2||$14,975||14-18||$830 – $1,070|
|U15 – Hawks||$5,525||14-18||$305 – $395|
|U18 – A1||$16,725||15-19||$880 – $1,115|
|U18 – Hawks||$5,525||15-19||$290 – $370|
*Tyke/Novice/U6-U9 Team Development Fees included in Registration
Team Fees (Managed by the team with optional costs)
For all levels, parents will be asked to pay an additional team fee, based on the team budget developed by the team manager. A parent meeting must be held at the beginning of each season for the manager to present the proposed budget and seek parental input and approval. The budget must also be submitted to the NSWC Hockey Department for final approval. These fees are determined by the team and could include, but not limited to:
- Tournament Expenses
- Referee Payment
- Additional team apparel
- Extra development sessions
- Team Building events
- Team photos
- Coaching software: video analysis
- Coach gifts
Rep Tryout Fee (optional)
Teams will be tiered: A1 – Hawks (U11 to U18) through a tryout/evaluation process starting September 8th. Please note, players must attend all sessions. Players must register for tryouts by August 1st.
- A $100 non-refundable fee will be charged to your member account on your August statement for those players attending tryouts.
A $250 deposit will be charged on members’ June statement to hold the player’s spot. This will be fully refundable if your player makes a BC Hockey High-Performance team.
The remainder of the Registration Fees & Team Development fees will be charged in 3 equal installments: Oct, Nov, Dec. If any families are in need of additional assistance, we encourage you to reach out so we can help to support your family.
Just a reminder, as communicated, the 2020-21 Season Fees were adjusted on the final payment (February 2021 statement) taking into consideration that games were not played, sessions were not used, and referees did not have to be paid. If you have any questions about your statement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Refund Policy
The following refunds will be granted:
1. 100% until July 1
2. 50% July 2- until the commencement of tryouts for the player’s respective age group
3. No refund will be issued once the Rep tryouts have begun for the player’s respective age group
4. 100% in the event the player succeeds in getting rostered to a BC Zone team in any zone.
5. 100% if there is no team offered in the player’s respective age group or if there is no rep team in the player’s respective age group and the player leaves to play at the rep level elsewhere.
The refund policy may be amended should the hockey season be cancelled.
1: What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Keep your child home and out of the hockey and club environment. It is also important to communicate with your physician and public health authority, ensuring you follow the steps identified. Inform the NSWC immediately.
2: What if a parent/family member tests positive for COVID-19? What protocols do we follow?
If a parent or family member tests positive for COVID–19, the player and their family will need to stay out of the hockey and club environment. They should contact their physician and public health authority for instructions. The player will need a note from their physician or public health authority to return to play.
3: If someone on my child’s team tests positive for COVID-19, will the team be allowed to continue to play hockey?
If someone on your child’s team tests positive, public health authority guidelines will determine contact tracing and isolation requirements. It is possible, therefore, that one diagnosis on a team could lead to that team being required to pause hockey activities until the public health authority determines it is safe to return.
4: What if my child is sick but does not have COVID-19?
The player should follow up with their physician and the public health line. They will require a note from their physician to return to play.
5: What should I do if my child is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 but has not been tested?
The player should remain out of the hockey and club environment and contact their physician or public health authority for required steps to be taken. Inform the NSWC immediately. The player will require a note from their physician or public health authority to return to play.
6: Should players/parents/coaches wear masks entering the facility and dressing room?
It is recommended anyone entering the facility should wear a cloth mask when physical distancing cannot be followed. Continue to monitor public health authority guidelines specific to wearing masks.
Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
7: When will full (5on5) games be permitted?
The type of hockey activities that may occur when hockey returns will be determined by the regional governing member of Hockey Canada, in consultation with the appropriate government and public health authorities. In some cases, this may be limited initially to include skill based activities that respect social distancing protocols, while in others, modified or traditional game play may be possible. It is difficult at this stage to predict when regular games will return with any degree of certainty.
8: Will coaches be permitted to be within two metres to help and support the player?
It is recommended that public health authority guidelines are adhered to and that instruction be given practicing physical distancing. Review your public health authority recommendations and requirements on the wearing of masks. It is important to note that the safety person or coach may need to be within two metres of a player if the player suffers an injury, but the safety person or coach should wear a mask and, as recommended in the Hockey Canada Safety Program, non-latex gloves if treating a player for an injury.
9: Will teams be permitted to attend tournaments outside our province or territory?
The ability for any team to travel outside its geographic region to play hockey will depend on several factors, including public health authority guidelines, instructions and travel restrictions in your province/territory and the province/territory you will be visiting, and will require the approval of the governing hockey bodies in your region and the region you wish to travel to. Note that provincial/territorial guidelines and travel restrictions may also limit the ability to host local tournaments and your ability to accept tournament entries from teams outside your region.
10: Will parents be allowed in the stands to watch games?
Families should be prepared to minimize the number of parents/guardians/spectators that attend in order to limit the number of people in the facility. At this time, one (1) parent or guardian may accompany a player; no siblings.
11: Should I disinfect my child’s hockey gear after each practice/game?
Some equipment should be washed (e.g. jerseys, pant shells, socks) after each practice/game, following manufacturer guidelines. It is important that players ensure all equipment is kept clean at all times.
12: Should I sanitize water bottles after each practice/game?
Bottles should be labeled and washed after each practice or game.
13: My son/daughter currently sits in a car seat, and it recommends that hockey equipment not be worn. How can we come to the facility fully dressed for hockey?
It is important to follow guidelines specific to car seats and seat belts, and it would be recommended to wear only equipment that can be worn safely under current laws or guidelines. Hockey Canada recommends that players enter the facility in as much hockey equipment as possible, rather than changing together in dressing rooms where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. When player safety might be compromised by riding in a car seat fully dressed in hockey equipment, the child should leave home partially dressed in their equipment, and should put on the remainder of the equipment after arriving at, but before entering, the facility.