Registration & Evaluations is a ‘peak time period’ for Southwest Hockey, therefore response times will vary.
While waiting for a response, please also review the ABUNDANCE of information that is available on our website!
- Southwest Hockey (SW) is made up of a large group of dedicated volunteers whose aim is to provide a program for players to; play at their skill level, build sportsmanship fundamentals, development skills, Fair Play and all the while having FUN!
- Southwest Hockey operates under Hockey Calgary, who is governed by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.
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- Website: southwesthockey.ca
- Email is another main form of communication.
- Parents - provide an email that is checked on a regular basis. We 'strongly' suggest using a "PERSONAL" email, not a work email.
- Newsletters - called ‘The Southwest Slapshot’
- Newsletters can be found on the website home page under "Quick Links"
- Social Media:
- Facebook - Southwest Hockey Association
- Instagram - southwesthockeyassociation
- Twitter - @SWHockeyassoc
We encourage you to follow us on all social media platforms!
- To be supportive!
- Respect the Team (Parents, Players and Coaches).
- Respect the Association (Volunteers).
- There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for abuse of players, officials, volunteers and other parents. Suspensions are possible consequences for abuse.
- Respect the Officials.
- SW Hockey is run by Parent Volunteers. Each family should be volunteering at the Association Level and the Team Level.
- HOCKEY IS A TEAM GAME! please ensure your child is attending games and practices.
- Ensure your child is properly equipped.
- At least one (1) parent must complete the Respect in Sport Program.
- Each parent will need to read and acknowledge the “Fair Play Code” and “Parent Code of Conduct” Forms during the time of registration.
- Anyone between the ages of 5-17 (based on their age by December 31stof the current playing season), would play in one of the groups below;
- CUBS is for participants who are 3 & 4. The participant must be 3 years old by the time the program starts.
- Participants in U9 & U11 can choose between Community or House League.
For the fee chart --- CLICK HERE
- Details can be found on the “Parents>Registration” tab.
- Registration fees include such expenses as, but not limited to; ice rentals (games & practices), game length, officiating costs, Hockey Calgary, Hockey Alberta & Hockey Canada player fees, insurance, socks, team picture, coaching certifications, evaluations, and administrative costs.
- NO. Receipts can only be obtained by logging in to your TeamSnap Account.
- Instructions to print your receipt are located at “Parents>Registration>Receipts”
- IMPORTANT – Receipts are only available for 1 season!
- Besides the registration fees, families are also responsible for “team fees”.
- Each team will have a Parent Meeting to discuss and confirm a team budget. This budget will cover possible items such as; additional ice for exhibition games, # of tournaments, social activities, etc.
- As an example, if the team budget is $2,600 & there are 15 players on the team, each family would be responsible for $173 (“Cash Call”), which would be payable to the team bank account.
- Please let your Team Manager know if you require more time to pay the “Cash Call”.
- Teams must follow the Cash Call policy as per the Association
- Fundraising is another option as a way to keep expenses lower. This will require TEAM efforts to be successful. There are also AGLC Rules/Regulations that must be followed.
- Exception: House League is not permitted to fund-raise or participate in tournaments or to purchase extra ice. For further conditions refer to the “Parents>Registration>House League”
- YES! Details can be found on the “Parents>Registration>Financial Assistance” tab. If you require assistance please contact email@example.com.
- CUBS - 3 & 4-year-olds
- This program is open to participants from ANY COMMUNITY
- Participant must be 3 years old at the start of the program.
- Two Sessions are offered;
- Fall Session (OCT-DEC)
- Winter Session (JAN-MAR)
- Community League
- U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 & U18.
- Season runs from SEP to MAR
- House League
- SW Hockey is part of the South Calgary Hockey House League (SCHHL) for U9 & U11.
- Season operates from SEP to MAR
- Optional In-House Programs
- In-house programs run during the season.
- Academy Program
- Power Skating Program
- Blueliner Academy
- August Prep Camps for Players & Goalies
- Monthly Goalie Camps
- In-house programs run during the season.
Details can be found on the Parents>Registration tab.
- A comparison chart is listed on the “Parents>Registration>House League” tab.
- Here is a brief overview of the hockey season, which usually runs from September to March.
|JUN & JUL||Registration Opens. Different programs may have different opening dates so watch the website for updates in each program.|
|AUG||- Registration Late Fee is applicable
- Prep Camp typically occurs late August
|SEP||Participants take part in evaluations:
- U7 to U18 Community League - Team Placements / Tryouts. Some of the older divisions may finish early OCT.
- House League Team Placements (see OCT)
- CUBS Program does not require participants to be evaluated (See OCT)
|OCT||- House League - Team Placements typically occur early OCT. Practice & Game Schedule start later in the month.
- CUBS - Fall Program starts
- Teams Focus on Development
- Seeding Round Games begin around the 3 weekend in OCT
|NOV||- U7 Senior teams may begin playing games mid-month.
- U7 Junior teams may begin playing games end of month.
- Seasonal Break towards end of November till early December. This is an opportunity for a Tournament Window.
- Registration opens for "Winter Programs"
|DEC||- U9-U18 - Regular Season Games start early DEC
- CUBS - Fall Program concludes
- Seasonal Break towards end of December. This is an opportunity for a Tournament Window.
|JAN||- Regular Season Games continue through the month of JAN
- CUBS - Winter Program starts
- U9 to U18 Minor Hockey Week
|FEB||- Regular Season Games conclude in FEB for Community and House League
- U11 to U18 Community teams participate in City Playoffs - begin end of FEB to mid-MAR.
|MAR||- CUBS - Winter Program concludes
- U7 Timbits - Jamboree occurs early MAR
- House League - Jamboree (tentatively scheduled)
- City Championship Playoffs Conclude
- Provincials - will take place mid to end of MAR for teams that qualify
- There are many players who have not played before, and there is also lots of practice time over the season, for improvement.
- With any new sport, players must acquire new/different skills. The practices are designed to teach the necessary skills, which will vary by age groups and divisions.
- When players go through evaluations, they are placed on teams with players of similar skill set
- Helmet (CSA approved), Face mask (CSA approved), Throat Protector, Mouth Guard (optional but recommended for U7 Timbits), Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads, Hockey Gloves, Hockey Pants, Hockey Shin Pads, Skates, Jock Strap & Cup / Jill Strap, Sock Tape, Socks, Practice Jersey, Hockey Stick (cut to the correct length), Water Bottle (clearly marked and not to be shared), and of course a Hockey Bag.
- Southwest provides game jerseys and game socks which are ONLY to be worn during games.
For more details CLICK HERE
- Key providers are; Cardel Rec South (CRS) & Oakridge Community (OAK).
- Private ice contracts may also be utilized at Ed Whalen, Ernie Starr, Frank McCool, and Seven Chiefs Sportsplex.
- ‘Away’ games, exhibition games, tournaments and/or additional team practices can be scheduled at other various arenas. Exhibition and tournaments can be scheduled in other cities/rural arenas.
- The Association may also pick up additional ice at other arenas from what has been listed; as deemed necessary. Here is a link to other arena locations: https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/arena
- Community League
- The practice hockey schedule varies from week to week and month to month and there are no set days/times.
- U7 Schedule details can be found on the “Parents>Registration>U7 Timbits” tab.
Further details can be found on the “Managers>Ice Scheduling” tab
- House League (SCHHL)
- Game schedules will be posted on the Hockey Calgary website in October for the entire season.
- Practice schedules will also be available for the entire season through the teams' TeamSnap account.
- Schedule parameters are listed in the SCHHL Registration Document. Details can be found on the “Parents>Registration>House League” tab.
- Details can be found on the “Managers>Ice Scheduling” tab.
- 2022-2023 Season - Sunday October 16, 2022.
- Details will be sent to the Team Managers & posted to the website; once information is available.
- Details can be found on the “Parents>Registration>U7 Timbits” tab.
- Yes, ‘Body Checking’ is permitted in U15 & U18 à Divisions 1 to 3 only.
NOTE: ‘Body Contact’ remains part of the game, & only ‘Body Checking’ is limited to certain Age Groups and Divisions.
- Elite Hockey teams are “AA” / “AAA” teams, at the U13, U15 & U18 Age Divisions.
- Depending on the community that your player resides in, will determine the ‘Elite Association’ in which SW Hockey players would try-out for. The two (2) ‘Elite Associations’ for SW Hockey are: Calgary Buffaloes or the Calgary Royals.
- For more information about Elite Hockey, refer to each of their websites at: calgarybuffaloes.ca or www.calgaryroyalsaa.com
- Refer to the SW Hockey Registration Information Package for further details.
- Details can be found on the “Parents>Registration>Elite Hockey” tab.
- SW Hockey is run almost exclusively by volunteers!!!
- A continued commitment from our families is needed in order for SW Hockey to operate effectively.
- The Volunteer Bond value is;
- Community League - $500
- House League - $350
- The purpose of the bond, is to encourage more families to become actively involved in making SW the best it can be.
- For further information regarding the Volunteer Bond, check out the “Parents>Volunteers” tab.
- If you have a child in both programs, families are ONLY REQUIRED to fulfill the expectations of the Community League.
- Volunteer Bond opportunities can be found on the Southwest Hockey website at: southwesthockey.ca under the “Parents>Volunteers” tab.
- You will be contacted by your Eval Age Division Coordinator with the Group # that your player will start in, for the evaluation process.
- The evaluation schedule will be posted closer to mid-August; barring any unforeseen circumstances.
- Details can be found on the “Parents>Evaluations” tab.
- Details can be found on the “Parents>Evaluations tab.
- Details can be found on the “Coaches" tab.
NOTE: THERE ARE DEADLINES. Review these dates, to ensure you do not miss out.
- Every Coach must have, BEFORE being placed on the roster or being permitted on the ice;
- Police Information Check
- Respect-in-Sport (Activity Leader)
- Additional Coaching Certifications that is required for some Coaches on the roster; by November 15th of the current season
- Coach Level 1 or 2
- Checking Skills
Details can be found on the “Coaches>Coach Certifications” tab.
- If you have concerns with how your child is being treated, or how the team is run. First step is to talk with the coach, in a CALM manner – ONLY AFTER the “24 Hour Cooling Off Period” has been followed: as per the Parent Code of Conduct.
- If you feel you cannot speak to the Coach, then contact the Team Manager.
- Further information regarding the Dispute Resolution Process can be found on the "Managers>Resources" tab.
- Details can be found on the “Officials” tab.
- SW Hockey has a ‘Return to Play Policy’. Within this policy, SW Hockey also supports the Hockey Canada Concussion Injury protocol.
- Details can be found on the “Coaches>Resources" tab.
- If events are confirmed, they will be posted to the website and/or communicated through the Association newsletter.
- SW has formalized a Refund Policy. Details are in the Registration Information Package under the “Parents>Registration”
- Parents wanting to withdraw also MUST complete the Withdrawal Form at “Parents>Registration>Withdraw Request”
- The time and date stamp on the Form will be used as per the process
Still have questions?
If you have a question that has not been covered above, or on the website; please contact:
Registration --- firstname.lastname@example.org
Evaluations --- email@example.com
Volunteers --- firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches --- email@example.com
General Inquiry --- firstname.lastname@example.org