House League Registration 2023-2024
(Registration link at the bottom of this page of important information)
The Forest Hill Hockey Association (FHHA) is a non-profit corporation that provides an opportunity for children aged 4 to 18 to play House League, Select/CDS and GTHL level ‘A’ and ‘AA’ hockey in their local community. Once again for the 2023-2024 season we will be offering a complete hockey program every weekend from mid-October 2023 to mid-April 2024, excluding the December school break and Family Weekend.
REGISTRATION FOR HOUSE LEAGUE AND LEARN TO PLAY ONLY!
Our enrollment is strictly limited by the amount of ice time available at the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena. In order to avoid disappointment, please apply early!
Do not register if you are trying out for an FHHA GTHL “A” or “AA” teams. Details of registration for the GTHL teams are available on our website at www.fhha.org/gthl.
If you do not make a GTHL team during the tryouts conducted in May or September 2023 (depending on the player's birth year), then immediately register for House League and, if accepted, you will also be eligible to try out for a Select/CDS team. Any questions concerning the GTHL teams may be sent to GTHL@fhha.org.
REGISTRATION BEGINS: 8:00am on May 1st, 2023.
PRIORITY APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE DEADLINE: 12:00pm (noon) on May 8th, 2023.
(See ACCEPTANCE PRIORITIES below)
FEES: $650 for House League (including Learn To Play).
Registration is only available online through our website, which will direct you to the relatively new Hockey Canada registration system. All NEW players will need their Birth Registration Number located on their Birth Certificate in order to register. If you do not have a Birth Registration Number, you may use your Citizenship Number or Passport Number.
Payment of fees is processed immediately using your Visa or MasterCard. This is a fully secured service operated by Hockey Canada. We do not accept payment by any other method. You can start the process by proceeding to registration at the bottom of this page.
Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official acceptances will be sent via email to the address provided at registration. Players not accepted will be contacted by email as early as possible. Please insure your email address is entered correctly.
Please note that after completing registration, you will receive an automated response from FHHA advising you that your application has been received in our system - you are NOT registered in the FHHA yet. You have simply been accepted into the Hockey Canada Registry, but not into the FHHA.
Once your application is accepted and your child is able to be registered into the league, you will receive a second email, confirming acceptance of your registration for the FHHA 2023-2024 season. This confirmation may take a few weeks to be issued, depending on when your registration is received.
Returning Players: Returning FHHA players (subject to prior year attendance record) will have their places protected until 12:00pm (noon) on May 8, 2023, the Priority Application Acceptance Deadline. We cannot guarantee a place, even to returning players, whose applications are received after that date. It is your responsibility to get your application in on time.
New Applicants: New applications received on or before 12:00pm (noon) on May 8, 2023, will be accepted based upon availability with first priority being given to the siblings of returning players. After allowing for returning players and their siblings, if there are more eligible new applicants than places, spots will be allocated on the basis of a lottery conducted by the Registrar at the Association’s acceptance meeting.
Applications received after 12:00pm (noon) on May 8, 2023, will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all spaces are filled. In the event of surplus applications, waiting lists will be maintained for each division.
LEARN TO PLAY REGISTRATION
Our popular Learn To Play Program, which is for kids born in 2018 and 2019 for the 2023-2024 hockey season, is an amazing program to teach young hockey players to get ready to play in our House League in subsequent years. This program is not quite suited for absolute beginners who have never skated. Kids need to have been on skates and should be able to at least move around the rink a little by themselves. Enrollment is strictly limited to 40 players and fills up quickly. In order to avoid disappointment, please apply early!.
For more information contact LTP@fhha.org.
HOUSE LEAGUE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
Last season, over 500 players participated in our House League. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for friendly competition, promote good sportsmanship, team play, skill development, love of hockey and of course social interaction both on the ice and in the stands. As result we have an equal ice time policy entitling all players, regardless of skill level, to equal ice time to the greatest extent possible.
Please note that all House League and Select/CDS divisions play non-contact hockey.
2023-2024 DIVISIONS & APPROXIMATE ICE TIMES:
|Division||Birth Year||Anticipated Ice Times|
|Learn to Play||2018 & 2019||Sundays - 9am to 10am|
|U7||2017||Saturdays - 11am to 1pm|
|U8||2016||Saturdays - 9am to 11am|
|U9||2015||Saturdays - 7am to 9am|
|U11||2013 & 2014||Saturdays - 1pm to 3pm|
|U13||2011 & 2012||Saturdays - 3pm to 5pm or Sundays - 12pm to 2pm|
|U15||2009 & 2010||Saturdays - 3pm to 6pm or Sundays - 12pm to 3pm|
|U18||2006 / 2007 / 2008||Sundays - 2pm to 5pm|
*NOTE: These times are tentative and may be changed to accommodate actual registration numbers in each division.
All divisions might have limited additional games on the other weekend days from their normal Saturday or Sunday timeslots.
SAFETY & UNIFORMS
Safety concerns are paramount in hockey. It is mandatory that protective equipment be worn at all times. No player will be allowed on the ice or on the bench without full C.S.A. approved equipment, including a certified neck guard and a helmet with a full facemask. All players will receive a team sweater and matching socks.
In order to promote participation and fun we try to ensure that the House League teams are as even as possible. Accordingly we reserve the right to trade players between teams, in a manner designed to achieve a competitive balance. We try to conclude trades before the December break. We realize that most players do not wish to be traded, but please cooperate with the conveners when trades are made. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL PLAYERS, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF THE SPONSOR’S CHILD MAY BE TRADED. THIS INCLUDES THE CHILDREN OF COACHES AND CONVENERS.
We occasionally receive requests for a player to be placed on the same team as another player. Such requests often make it difficult to balance the teams initially or to make appropriate trades. Carpool considerations will apply only to registrants who must travel great distances to reach the arena. Requests are generally granted only for siblings or exceptional circumstances.
As we sometimes have fewer goalies than teams, it is now a condition of registration that players chosen as Select/CDS goalies must play goal for their assigned team in House League, if needed, in order to maintain their position as goalie on their Select/CDS Team. If there still are fewer goalies than teams in a division then all goalies in that division will be required to commit to play for any teams without a goalie on a rotational basis. These decisions are solely the Conveners to make and a schedule will be made for each goalie to follow for the season. The goalies in that division will meet with the Conveners prior to the season to arrange the schedule.
Sometimes we have the opposite situation and have more goalies than teams, with the result that some goalies must share the workload. Prospective goalies must be prepared to share goaltending duties. If numbers permit sharing goalies may at the option of the league be permitted to play out during their “off weeks”. “Sharing” goalies who choose not to play out during off weeks do not receive a reduction of fees.
Note: Goalies at the U11 level and above are expected to provide their own equipment. Goalie equipment will be provided for U7, U8 and U9 divisions.
We realize that kids sometimes miss House League games due to illness, injury or other “exceptional” circumstances. However, missing games for other reasons is against our attendance policy as stated below and is unacceptable. Everyone has a specific reason why attending the house league games are difficult, but it makes it particularly hard for the conveners to balance the teams and for the coaches to run their teams when attendance is sporadic. Players must notify both their coaches and the division conveners by email prior to being absent stating the reasons for their absence.
Players who miss more than three games owing to conflicting commitments (e.g. other sports or activities) or without proper notice as detailed above, may risk suspension without refund. Such players may also be denied re-registration for the following season so that more dedicated players will get the opportunity to play.
Select/CDS players must play in House League games in order to be eligible to play in Select/CDS games. Select/CDS players who neglect their commitment to House League will not be allowed to play in Select/CDS games.
PRE-SEASON HOCKEY SKILLS
A skills program for U7-U11, subject to availability, will be offered, starting in September at an additional cost. An email fully explaining the program and application form will be sent out by separate mailing during the summer.
The purpose of our Select/CDS program is to provide an additional opportunity for our more skilled and enthusiastic players to play hockey in a more challenging and competitive setting. As with our House League, the goal of the Select/CDS program is to foster good sportsmanship, the development of positive social skills, team play and hockey skills.
For the 2023-2024 season, where numbers justify and ice time and coaching is available, we plan to enter a Select team in the North York Hockey League or CDS for every birth year from U7 thru U18. In certain instances, we will offer 2 teams in age groups with enough interest. The North York Hockey League is open to teams from House League associations in the Greater Toronto area and operates under the umbrella of the GTHL. The CDS program is a community based group in younger divisions made up of other local House League associations offering a program similar to Select which follows all of Hockey Canada’s development guidelines.
Select/CDS Tryouts will start May 2023 and continue in September/October 2023, depending on your player's birth year, following our GTHL “AA” and “A” tryouts. An email with tryout information will be sent to all players who indicated during the registration process that they are interested in trying out for Select/CDS hockey. Please check the FHHA website at www.fhha.org/select for more Select/CDS tryout information.
Only those players who have registered with FHHA for House League prior to the first tryout date, and have received official confirmation of acceptance from the Registrar will be allowed to try out for a Select/CDS team. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ICE UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO HOUSE LEAGUE - NO EXCEPTIONS!
During the North York Hockey League and CDS seasons, teams generally play one game and have at least one practice a week. In the spring however, during playoffs and tournaments, the number of games is likely to increase. It is a Forest Hill Hockey tradition that Select/CDS teams enter one out of town tournament per year (this is obviously dependent on current pandemic protocols). Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany the team. In addition, Select/CDS teams may enter one or more local tournaments.
There is an additional fee payable for Select/CDS hockey that is paid after the team has been selected. A letter detailing the fees and the program will be handed out at the beginning of the season to those chosen during tryouts.
If you require financial assistance, special arrangements can be made. Please feel free to contact the Treasurer, Gary Cilevitz at email@example.com. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
Players who withdraw from House League and move to an FHHA GTHL team will be given a full refund.
LTP thru U9
Registered players who withdraw before September 1, 2023, will receive a full refund, less a $100 administration fee. For those who tryout for a Select/CDS team during Fall tryouts and don't make the team, they will receive a refund less $200 if they move to another organization, as long as they notify us in writing within 48 hours of not making our Select/CDS team at firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds will be given after September 1, 2023, including players going to another house league organization who do not tryout for our Select/CDS teams.
U10 thru U18
Registered players who withdraw before September 1, 2023 will receive a full refund, less a $100 administration fee. No refunds will be given after September 1, 2023, including players going to another house league organization.
Parents are advised that at each game, in case of emergency, there must be an adult responsible for your child other than the coach. Failure to adhere to this policy jeopardizes your child’s continued participation in our league.
The policy of the League continues to be that no games or practices will be scheduled on most statutory holidays. The League reserves the right, however, to schedule games or other events on all other days. Pleased be advised that we do schedule games during the various weeks of March/Spring/Passover break, as well as during some religious holidays.
We truly appreciate the local businesses that have generously supported the Forest Hill Hockey Association by sponsoring our House League teams.
Please go to www.fhha.org/sponsors for more information about sponsorships and to see a list of our recent House League team sponsors.
You may indicate your interest in being a sponsor on your child’s registration and we will contact you or feel free to contact us for more information or if you have any questions at email@example.com.
The league could not exist without the support of its volunteers. We are extremely grateful for the help we get in support of your kids. If you would like to volunteer in some capacity, please indicate so on your child’s registration. We have incentives for volunteers and are always looking for coaches and conveners.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League (the “GTHL”) has made it mandatory for all House League, Select/CDS and GTHL level coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and managers to have a police criminal record check. All team officials must submit an application for a criminal record check with the police service responsible for the jurisdiction in which they reside and provide a copy of the results to the FHHA before the season starts.
MANDATORY COMPLETION OF THE RESPECT IN SPORT AND ROWAN’S LAW PROGRAM FOR PARENTS
Hockey Canada, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) have mandated that all families of registered players in House League, Select/CDS and the GTHL must complete the Respect in Sport Program before the season begins. If at least one parent of a player has previously completed the Respect In Sport program it does not have to be repeated.
You will be required to enter your certificate number in your registration application and you will be unable to complete registration without having first completed the Respect In Sport Program for Parents.
Prior to the start of the season, at least one parent/guardian of every minor hockey player in Ontario will need to complete Hockey Canada's online Respect in Sport For Parents course prior to a player being permitted to participate in any Hockey Canada program. This requirement applies to all levels of hockey at Forest Hill including House League, Select/CDS and Competitive (GTHL).
The Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program complements the Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program that is already mandatory for all team officials registered in Ontario minor hockey associations. The RIS Parent Program helps define a model of behaviour for all parents and creates a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.
The course costs $12 plus tax, only has to be taken once and is valid for life. FHHA will be able to track compliance with this new requirement through the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) since each player's profile is updated when the parent completes the RIS course.
To read more about program on the GTHL web site, click here: http://www.gthlcanada.com/article/respect-in-sport-program-roll-out
To go directly to the registration page (you will need to know your Hockey Canada Registry [HCR] login info) click here: https://gthlparent.respectgroupinc.com. If your child is playing for a Forest Hill GTHL team (“A” or “AA”), please check off “GTHL” in the drop down box when adding your child to your profile. If your child is playing for a Forest Hill House League team, please check off “HL - Forest Hill” in the drop down box when adding your child to your profile. For this, you can disregard the fact your child might also be playing Select/CDS.