Ages 14-17

What to Expect

  • In U18, your child will be on a hockey team of 14 to 17 year old kids.
  • Hockey jersey and matching socks are provided.
  • Full equipment is required, including a neck guard. Label all equipment, especially gloves, sticks and helmets.
  • Don't forget a water bottle, clearly labeled with your child's name on it. If you forget water, you may need to take your child to the water fountain part-way through the practice session.
  • Mouth guards (optional, but highly recommended) must be tethered to the helmet, unless they have been custom-fitted by a dentist.
  • Most players will change at the rink.
  • Players are expected to arrive at the rink at least twenty five (25) minutes before the start of the game -- coaches may discuss strategy prior to the start of the game.
  • As you enter the arena, look on the whiteboard/chalkboard or TV monitor for the team dressing room number. Note that girls on the team can change in a separate dressing room, if desired.
  • Parents are not permitted in the dressing rooms at any time except in circumstances where your child requires emergency assistance.  SSHA Dressing Room Policy.
  • At this stage, although the players are fairly independent, a parent (or a designated representative) must always be at the rink to assist your child as required.
  • Parents cannot be at the player's bench. If a child needs to leave the ice, the parent should meet the child at one of the exits on the ice.
  • Each session is usually 2 hours in length, with the first hour being practice, and the second hour being a game supervised by referees. There will be a 10-minute zamboni break between the practice and game.
  • There will be 2 referees that call the game according to the rules of the Canadian Hockey Association. Parents should respect referees and their decisions. They are highly-skilled volunteers.
  • By now, most players will have specialized into a position.
  • There is usually a primary/full time goalie on each team and may be a part time goalie as well.

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