FAQ (St. Catharines CYO)

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What division will my son/daughter be in?
What is the Mite program?
When does the season start and end?
Can I pick the team I want?
How many practices and games are there?
What are parishes and how do they fit into the hockey league?

What division will my son/daughter be in?

The age of the player determines what division they will be registered into. 

 

Division

Age

MITE (Hockey School Program)

3, 4, 5

Initiation Program

5, 6

Novice

7, 8

Atom

9, 10

Peewee

11, 12

Bantam

13, 14

Midget

15, 16, 17

 


Juvenile

18, 19, 20

Alumni

21 and up

 


Niagara Junior Ice Dogs All Ages

 

 

 

What is the MITE program?

Our mite program is for players (typically 3 to 5 years old) who are new to hockey.  It is basically a "hockey" school run by certified coaches and trainers. The kids are on the ice once per week. The coaches/trainers have modified the Hockey Canada Skills manual to fit the younger age group and skill level.

At the first session, the kids will be assessed (ie/ can they stand on skates, can they skate, can they hold a stick, etc). The assessment helps the coaches determine what skills to target for each of the kids.  The program is set up with FUN and development in mind.  The intent is to teach the skills in a fun manner so kids will enjoy the sport.

The program starts in early October and continues until mid March, where the kids will participate in a Championship weekend.  They play a game with 2 older kids as goalies.  

The kids MUST be in full hockey equipment.

Typically their ice time is Saturday morning, between 8am-10am, we won't be sure of time until we get our ice allocation from the city in mid-September.

When does the season start and end?

We usually start the season the last weekend of September for practices, and games typically start a week or two after that, with our Championship weekend late March.   Players are contacted at the end of September with information on their team.  

Can I pick the team I want?
 
The CYO league makes every attempt to provide a season full of fun for everyone.  To make it a fair process when setting up teams, players are allocated based on defined rules  (see CYO League Rules document for allocation details).  It is not always possible to honour a player's request for a team.  We appreciated everyone's understanding in this matter.

Player allocation happens in mid September for Novice through Midget aged players.  It is only after the allocation process that a player is associated with a team.  Once this happens, the player contact information is forwarded to their coach and the coach will be in contact with you.

Initiation Program (IP) players are not part of a team until their allocation at the end of November.  For the first 10 sessions IP players are all treated as one group for the skills camp.  It is during this skills camp that players are evaluated.  This evaluation is used for player allocation in November. 

How many practices and games are there?

Division Age Practices/Games

Mite

3, 4, 5

Mites get together once per week for 1 hour. Typically on Saturday morning.

Initiation
Program (IP)

5, 6

IP will be on the ice twice a week. The first 11 sessions are a training camp, meeting Saturday morning and Sunday morning for 1 hour each. Starting at the end of November, when teams are formed, there will be 1 practice (Saturday morning) and 1 game (Sunday morning) each week.

Novice

7, 8

Practice 1 hour each week (typically Saturday) and a 1 hour game each week (typically Sunday)

Atom

9, 10

Practice 1 hour each week (typically Saturday) and a 1 hour game each week (typically Sunday)

Peewee

11, 12

Practice 1 hour each week (weekday/night determined by the parish ice allocation) and a 1 hour game each week (typically Sunday)

Bantam

13, 14

Bantams have 7 hours of practices during the year and they play 25 games. Bantam games are primarily Sunday night, but will be scheduled other days when required

Midget

15, 16, 17

Midgets have 3 practices during the year and they play 30 games. Midget games are primarily Sunday night, but will be scheduled other days when required.

Juvenile

18, 19, 20

There will be 1 game per week (Sunday night)

Alumni

21 to 64

There will be 1 game per week (Sunday night)

 

What are parishes and how do they fit into the hockey league?

 

CYO was established in 1934 by a priest in St. Catharines as a means to provide a fun and safe environment for kids to enjoy the sport of hockey.  This is when the “Parish” system was established. We are NOT a league that requires any religious affiliation.   We are open to anyone who wishes to have a great experience in hockey. Parishes are simply ways of splitting the players up into different governing  bodies.  CYO registers approximately 1,000 players a year.  We have 8 different governing bodies who are responsible for teams within their area.  Each governing body (or Parish) takes care of teams at every division (educating and ensuring rules are followed by their teams,  providing jerseys,  coaches,  budgeting, etc.).

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