Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Equipment Do I Need?

Here is your checklist, in the order that you put them on:

"Jill" Protector
Shin pads
Shoulder pads
Elbow pads
Jersey (we provide this)
Neck Guard
Mouth Guard (optional)

Can I try playing goalie in Local League?

Yes! In fact we encourage it.
If you decide to play goalie full time we'll even lend you all the equipment you need and waive a portion of your registration fee for your NEXT year
Goalie is a special position and it's not for every girl, but some girls just love the challenge and the thrill of being the last line of defence. Often in the younger age groups the girls take turns playing goalie - usually one game per season.
This is a great opportunity to see whether it's for you.

How are Local League teams chosen?

Each September we evaluate the players and put together teams that are fair and balanced. Coaches participate in the team selection process and the Board provides oversight to ensure team balance. Returning players will already have an evaluation from the previous season to help inform our team selections. The evaluations occur during the first few practices in September. Please don't miss those practices. And if you don't know how to put the equipment on, there are always parents who can help.

What is the coaching philosophy in Ayr?

Regardless of House League or Rep, our coaches are committed to fair play, skills development, team cohesion and having fun.

What is it like to play Rep Hockey?

Rep hockey is competitive. The teams spend more time on the ice, and they usually build in a component of fitness training along with the usual on-ice skills. Rep hockey requires extra commitment, including but not limited to; coaches requiring players to arrive 45-60min prior to games, players maintain a fitness regimen over the summer, players follow the team rules, and that players show respect for their teammates, their parents and team staff and volunteers.

Rep hockey is intense. You play at least three tournaments in the season, and if your team does well you may play in the Lower Lakes finals and at Provincials. Winning Provincials is one of the most exciting thing that can ever happen to a young hockey player.

Rep hockey costs more and the coach will provide a breakdown of the costs usually at the tryouts, so you know what you're signing up for. The extra cost pays for additional ice time and referees, enhanced training programs, tournament registration fees and other costs.

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