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Development Stream Program

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What is the Development Stream (DS) Program?
Who can play?
How will teams be formed?
What is the additional commitment?
What tournaments will DS teams participate in?
How much will it cost?
Program information
Jr Fun U7

 

What is the Development Stream (DS) Program?

Development Stream (DS) is a subset of the house league program, offering an opportunity for house league players who are:

a) Looking for a development bridge to competitive hockey; or
b) Do not wish to make the commitment, in time or cost, to competitive hockey but are seeking more competition and skill development than is afforded by house league alone.

The season runs from the beginning of November to the first week of April and is in addition to a player’s house league team.

Birth years for the 2022-23 Season

U11: 2012 and 2013
U13: 2010 and 2011
U15: 2008 and 2009

Who can play?

All players registered in the KGHA house league program are eligible to apply for the DS team in their respective age groups. Ultimately it will be up to each coach to select his or her team in the manner they deem suitable, with the goal of providing the best possible development opportunity for all involved. The program is not intended for beginners (players just starting hockey this season).

The DS program supplements the house league program and is designed to further develop house league players and bridge the gap for those players who aren't playing competitive hockey but want to get into something a little more competitive.

This may result in players having two games/practices on the same day. All players MUST prioritize their regular house league team ahead of their DS team at all times.

How will teams be formed? 

Each team will consist of 12 or more skaters and at least 1 goalie. Coaches will have the freedom to form their teams based on what they believe will provide the best possible development opportunity for all players. In some cases, sortouts may be used by coaches to determine the suitability of each applicant. A team can have up to 25 players/goalies on a team; however, only 17 can participate in a game.

What is the additional commitment?

The DS program currently consists of up to eight exhibition games and up to three tournaments. KGHA has set aside a consistent Tuesday ice slot for DS teams for practices or home games. Teams can purchase additional ice for practices, at their discretion. Away games against other associations can occur any other day of the week, including weekends. Between games and practices, the girls will be on the ice an average of once per week in addition to their house league commitments. There may be days when DS players have a house league game or practice on the same day as a DS game/practice.

KGHA has also made an investment into separate jerseys for DS. This will allow the players to feel like a separate team and celebrate their accomplishments with their own set of jerseys, different than the regular KGHA jerseys.

Development stream jerseys

What tournaments will DS teams participate in?

Most tournaments available are scheduled over the Christmas break, Family Day weekend, March Break, or Easter weekend. It is likely that each team will participate in a tournament on one or more of these weekends, though that is up to the discretion of each head coach. In the event that a team roster exceeds the maximum of 15 skaters and 2 goaltenders, coaches may need to select which players are eligible to participate in each tournament. This means that as a player on a DS team, you are not guaranteed to participate in all team tournaments.

Unfortunately, the U11 age group is not eligible for tournaments at this time.

How much will it cost? 

For any hockey team, the largest expenditure is the cost of ice. In addition to ice costs, there are other expenses such as tournament entry fees, referees, off- or on-ice development, etc. Each coach will prepare a team budget that will be determined based on team costs and size. As a rough estimate, the cost per player is expected to be between $400-$500 plus travel costs to any out-of-town tournaments, as chosen by the head coach at each level.

Questions? Send them to vphouse@kgha.ca

Program information

The KGHA offers a wide range of programs. To learn more about these programs, scroll down to the one you are interested in. Refer to the Registration Page for information on the number of teams in each level.

Junior FUNdamentals

  • Appeals to: young girls, normally ages 5 and 6 (although girls as young as 4 by December 31st of the year can also register) who want to learn the skills that enable them to play the game of hockey
  • Games: a couple of fun scrimmages per year, shinny in sessions
  • Practices: Typically 2 sessions per week on Saturdays and Sundays that focus on developing the core individual skills of skating and puck handling
  • Additional costs: Teams typically collect money from parents to support an end-of-the-season team party
  • Other: based on Hockey Canada Initiation Program. The first session is the first weekend of October

Youth House League

  • Appeals to: girls wanting to play hockey for the fun of it, and often for the first time
  • Games: One league game per week. Occasional exhibition games.
  • Practices: Typically 1 per week
  • Tournaments: Up to 3 a season, including our own Kanata tournament at the end of March. One to two that may be overnight/away
  • Additional costs: Teams seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations, and food when away from home.
  • Sort outs: Begin early to mid-September

Development Stream (DS)

DS is a subset of the house league program, offering an opportunity for house league players who are:

  • looking for a development bridge to competitive hockey; or
  • do not wish to make the commitment, in time or cost, to competitive hockey but are seeking more competition and skill development than is afforded by house league alone.
  • program runs from the beginning of November to the beginning of April.

Youth Competitive Tier I

  • Appeals to: girls wanting to play at the highest level of hockey, and who are prepared to make hockey their primary extracurricular activity
  • Games: 20 ODWHA league games. Exhibition games throughout the season. ODWHA Playoffs. OWHA Playdowns.
  • Practices: typically 2 to 3 sessions per week, on and off-ice
  • Tournaments: typically play in 5 to 6 tournaments, four to five of which will be overnight, plus Provincials in mid-April if qualify in regional Playdowns
  • Additional costs: teams seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations, and food when away from home. There are tryout fees as well.
  • Tryouts: May for Bantam and Midget AA. Weekend and week prior to Labour Day weekend.

Youth Competitive Tier II

  • Appeals to: girls working towards playing at the highest level of hockey, who are prepared to make hockey their primary extracurricular activity
  • Games: 20 ODWHA league games. Exhibition games throughout the season. ODWHA Playoffs. OWHA Playdowns.
  • Practices: typically 2 to 3 sessions per week, on and off-ice
  • Tournaments: typically play in 4 to 5 tournaments per season, 2 or 3 of which will be overnight/away, plus Provincials mid-April if qualify in regional Playdowns
  • Additional costs: teams seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations, and food when away from home. There are tryout fees.
  • Tryouts: the week after Labour Day.

Youth Competitive Tier III

  • appeals to: girls wanting to play competitive hockey, who are willing to make hockey a top priority, that have either not been selected to a higher level team, or have chosen not to compete to play in one
  • game: twenty league games. Exhibition games throughout the season. ODWHA Playoffs. OWHA Playdowns.
  • practices: typically two hours per week, on and off-ice
  • tournaments: Typically play in four to five tournaments per season, two to three of which will be overnight/away, plus Provincials mid-April if qualify in regional Playdowns
  • additional costs: Teams seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations, and food when away from home. There are tryout fees.
  • tryouts: follow Tier II, typically the second weekend of September

Ottawa Senators Hi Performance Teams

  • appeals to girls wanting to play hockey at the very highest level, against national and international competition
  • games: Intermediate AA - 38 League games across the province. Bantam & Midget AA - 20 ODWHA league games.  Exhibition games throughout the season, some of which may be against college/university teams. PWHL & ODWHA Playoffs. OWHA Playdowns.
  • practices: Typically 2 two-hour practices per week, 2 hours of on and off-ice conditioning
  • tournaments: Expect to play in seven to ten tournaments, six to eight of which may be overnight, plus Provincials in mid-April if qualify in regional playdowns.
  • additional costs: teams seek sponsors, fundraise, and or collect additional fees from parents to cover additional ice time, tournaments, and other team costs that are not covered by registration fees. Parents/players cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodations, and food when away from home. There are tryout fees.
  • tryouts: spring tryouts, typically in April.

Jr Fun U7

This season, Jr Fun (U7) is a budget low of $350. For this amount, we are guaranteeing players 40 plus hours of ice instruction and an opportunity to participate in a local fun day with other associations. Jr Fun is also getting a refresh on jerseys and socks this season.

Jr Fun is a great start for any girl to learn skating fundamentals, meet new friends, and more importantly - have FUN!

The season runs from October 1st to April 2nd and registration closes on August 31st.

Questions relating to the program can be directed to vphouse@kgha.ca.

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