We are hoping that everyone is ready for a fun time learning to play hockey and for making new friends. The purpose of this information booklet is to provide you with some basic information about what your family can expect over the season (August to March), and what the Association and your Division will expect of you. Your team Coach/Manager will schedule a parent meeting at the beginning of the season and at that time you will be provided with further information on the program and you will be given an opportunity to ask questions.
As you review this information, remember that you are a member of the Association and every member is a volunteer. Hockey is a team sport and the Association, the Division and the individual groups/teams function best with everyone working together. We encourage and require the contribution and participation of all our members. If you are not sure how to help out, please do not hesitate to ask.
Your registration fee covers the cost to the Association for your child’s ice time, jerseys, and insurance. Once team formation is complete you can expect an additional cost, depending on the expenses your team chooses to incur. Some teams generate additional funds through fundraising events. Be sure to attend the parent meeting when your team’s budget is discussed and developed.
Dressing Room Etiquette
•Please ensure to arrive at the rink for practice and games at least 1/2 hour prior to the scheduled time to have your child dressed and ready to go on the ice 5-10 minutes prior to ice start time. (Rep is typically one hour beforehand)
•Please ensure that you dress your child in the dressing room and not in the general lobby.
•There are no cameras, cell phones or other picture taking
devices allowed in the dressing rooms.
•The dressing room is the place where valuable information is communicated and team bonding is formed. Coaches may request that parents leave the dressing room 5 minutes prior to the start of the game in order to speak with the players.
•Always notify the Coach or Manager in a timely manner when your child will not be able to attend a game or practice.
Two deep rule
There must be two adults (in BC that’s defined as people 19 years and older) supervising the players when in the dressing rooms at ALL times.
Please note that it is the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children in the lobby, hallways, and cafeteria at all other times. It is also the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child is attended at the rink at all times, and is picked up promptly after games or practices.
Team Roles and Responsibilities
RMHA is based on teamwork, respect and active participation. One family member for each player is expected to assist in the operations of the team. This may include volunteer positions such as snack parent, home game 50/50 sales, home game time clock duties or away game scorekeeper (for H4 and above)
Your team Coach/Manager may wish to establish a rotation schedule for some of these duties. There are some Team Roles that may exempt you from that rotation schedule.
The following duties are part of that exemption:
H3 – Juvenile C Recreational Hockey Division
It is very important that Association provides the best opportunity for balanced teams within these divisions. Player assessments begin at the end of August/beginning of September and players are evaluated on a number of skills and rated 1-5. Based on this information, teams are drafted and must be balanced to other teams within RMHA in their division. Balancing is not typically done for Hockey 1 – 2. Recreational Divisions teach the same values of teamwork, commitment, practice, and learning that the Rep Divisions learn. Players/teams will typically have one practice, one Development, one Home and one Away game per week.
Atom – Juvenile Rep Hockey Division
Rep Hockey tends to be more competitive than Recreational Hockey, but the same values of teamwork, commitment, practice, improving on existing skills and learning new ones are still always present. Rep teams will have two practices per week, one Home and one Away game, Skill Development, and often, Dryland training.