House League Program (Belleville Minor Hockey Association)

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Over the past few years BMHA has been striving to maximize the amount of ice available for the use and development of our House League players. We have done this by securing and committing to more ice with the City of Belleville. We have also added additional ice in the form of the Tournament of Champions at year end and removed time allocated to playoffs during the regular season thereby extending regular season play.

The result has been an increase in the amount of hours on the ice for IP through to Bantam.  Timbits and the Midget Division remains less than the other divisions because they do not utilize practice ice.

The City of Belleville has reached its limit in terms of ice availability. In turn BMHA has also reached its limit in terms of the ability to supply more programming. Therefore, the BMHA Board would like all of our families to know that we will be structuring our House League according to the following limitations in terms of Numbers of Teams. BMHA is able to support the running of 44 Local League teams. The below chart reflects an example of this structure per division, Numbers of players per team and the total available spots in House League. Actual teams will be formed based on registration numbers to a total of 44 teams.

With the closing of the Yardman for the 2016-17 Season this will change our ice availability as well as the number of teams that we can run

Example chart
 Division # of Teams  Players / Team  Total 
 Timbits  6  17  102
Novice Minor  8  16  128
 Novice  4  16  64
 Atom  8  16  128
 Peewee  10  16  160
 Bantam  6  16  96
 Midget  8  16  128
     TOTAL  806

The above numbers of teams per division is the common experience of BMHA over the last number of years. We will only run an even number of teams in order to maximize playing time for each team and to ensure that all players are given the opportunity to play the same number of games and practices. Only slight or moderate modification will be made to the above structure after registration is closed and we have an exact database of players.

Registration will begin on August 1. You must register online on the Hockey Canada HCR site. Registration will officially close on August 31, at 3:00PM. During this period of time all players will be placed on teams. The building of 1 team is based on number of registered not actual physical registration forms, teams will be built after the close of registration. Once teams have been numbered each division will use its first weekend of ice to run skills development and teams will be built based on a balancing of skill sets by individual players.

Any registrations received after Aug 31 will be placed in a "waiting list file” in the order that they are received. From September 1st to September 13th final team lists will be produced from the registrations received prior to September 1st and the waiting list file. Our office needs this time to solidify the base registration and prepare team rosters for coaches and to adjust for players successful at moving to the Representative Hockey Program after tryouts. Either during this time frame or as soon as possible after the 13th of September any players still on the waiting list may or may not be able to be placed on teams with respect to availability of space limitations outlined earlier in this document.

Please get your registration done early to avoid disappointment!