The philosophy for scheduling ice is to be as fair and as equitable as possible to each team under the Southwest Hockey umbrella.
Once the game schedule is produced from Hockey Calgary, several hours are spent going through the games and then generating practices for close to 50 teams; while also reviewing MANY checks and balances to ensure teams receive a similar number of hours on the ice (as close as we can possibly get). For age divisions who receive both shared and full ice; we try our best to balance the number of full and shared ice times within the same age division.
NOTE: Generally the younger age groups are scheduled on the earlier ice times and the older age groups on the later ice times.
Our goal for the U7-U18 age groups is to get close to the ratio recommended by Hockey Canada of 2.5 practices to every 1 game for U7 and U9, and a practice to game ratio of 2:1 for U11 to U18 throughout the season.
CUBS Program - Runs once a week, on a set day. Further details about the CUBS Program can be found at this link: CLICK HERE
Community League (U7) - Teams will have a consistent practice schedule, based on the chart that can be found here. When it comes to league games, Hockey Calgary will schedule these for the season. Therefore, there could be some variances as SW Hockey cannot control when the 'away' Association will have ice available. Home games would be scheduled during the same timeframe that practices will aim to be scheduled. Further details for the U7 Program can be found at this link: CLICK HERE
Community League (U9) - As U9 transitions from U7 (having a consistent practice schedule), to U11 (where the schedule is not consistent) - the goal for the U9 age division is to provide as much consistency as possible from week to week. U9 teams will also not be scheduled practices on Thursdays - due to the U9 Academy and U9 Power Skating Program.
House League (U9 / U11) - Will have set practices each week. Then games will be on either Saturday or Sunday. Further details about the House League Program can be found at this link: CLICK HERE
Community League (U11-U18) - With the exception of the following bullet points, barring anything unforeseen, these age divisions otherwise do not have a set practice schedule:
- U11 Tier 1 to Tier 4 - Are not scheduled practices on Mondays - due to the U11 Academy Program
- U13 Tier 1 & Tier 2 - Are not scheduled practices on days when the Blueliner Program is scheduled
- U13 Tier 1 to Tier 4 - Are not scheduled practices on Wednesdays - due to the U13 Academy Program
- U15 BC Tier 1 to Tier 3 - Are not scheduled practices on days when the Blueliner Program is scheduled
Questions have been broken down into common 'Member Questions' and common 'Manager / Coach Questions'. However, feel free to review both sections for further understanding about ice scheduling.
If you have more inquiries not covered below, please contact the Ice Scheduler at the link above.