Do I have to complete the Parent Respect in Sport program every year?
No, you only need to complete this program once. However, if you register a new child, who has an older sibling for whom you completed the RIS program, you will need to access your RIS Profile and add the new child to your profile.
Why can’t a child be registered at more than one Hockey Association?
The Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, our governing body, states the following in their Rules and Regulations Handbook: “A player shall not be registered with more than 1 team in a single season, with the only exception being Select hockey. Violations of this provision will result in the immediate suspension of the player until they have chosen one Association.” Page 120, under Player Eligibility, Item 12.4.
How do you determine what group my child is in?
All players are evaluated at the beginning and end of the season. All players are placed where the program will be best for them.
I think my child should be playing Novice and I don’t want to sign him/her up in your League. What can I do?
We follow the Alliance Handbook, page 123, 16.0.1 (it is not a rule) Pre-Novice is under 8 years of age as of December 31 of the current hockey season. WE WILL NOT MOVE A CHILD UP FOR CONVENIENCE PURPOSES, THEY MUST MEET OUR EVALUATION CRITERIA.
What are the age groups?
Hockey School is generally 4 and 5 year olds. Initiation is generally 5 and 6 year olds.
What days/times does the program run?
Our ice times vary from season to season, depending on the availability of ice provided by the City of Hamilton. Generally, each team plays twice a week – usually on Saturdays and Sundays – throughout the hockey season. The schedules rotate so that all players get to experience the different allocated ice slots.
What is the difference between Hockey School and Initiation?
Hockey School is for non-skaters – those players who have not been on the ice or who have some skating experience but are still quite young or weak on their skates. Initiation is for players who have more skating experience and are more comfortable on the ice.
How often will my child be instructed by Velenosi Professional Instructors?
Hockey School players will have professional skating instructors all season. Initiation players will have professional skating instructors an average of every 4th or 5th week depending on the number of teams we have.
What arena does the program run out of?
Our program takes place at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre on Mountain Brow Blvd. commonly referred to as “The Quad Pad”, as well as Chedoke Arena commonly referred to as “The Twin Pad”.
When does the Program start?
We typically start the season around the first weekend of October. You should expect to hear from us in September. We will publish the date each season.
What if my child does not like the program?
You may withdraw your child. You will need to contact the Division Convenor, the Registrar and the Treasurer. Refunds are pro-rated and your jersey and socks must be returned.
When does the Program end?
It depends on the season and the available ice. Generally, the season ends with Super Saturday in mid to late March.
When will the Initiation players start to play games?
The Initiation teams will start to play games in late November.
My child is 3 years old can he/she play?
We may make exceptions for children who turn 4 by December 31 of the current season. Our instructors would have to evaluate the child.
I have some concerns about the program, what should I do?
Contact us by email and someone will get back to you within 48 hours.
I have trouble getting to the 5 p.m. hour. Why do you have ice time at that hour?
We are limited to the times we are given by the City of Hamilton. Children this age cannot be on the ice as late as 7 p.m. during the week.
May I request that my child play with a friends child so we can carpool?
We try to meet requests where possible, but cannot guarantee anything. If the child you are requesting to be with is a different skating level than your child we would not be able to grant the request.