News and Announcements
We hope everyone is enjoying the return to hockey and we thank you for your patience as we get the season underway. The coaches have been working hard with the kids to assess skills and abilities as we look to form fair and balanced teams. On Tuesday night, September 19, the coaches will meet and teams will be formed. We will host inter-squad games to further balance the teams; expect that there may be some movement. Please ensure your player understands movement may happen.
On Wednesday or Thursday of next week (September 20 or 21) families will be emailed with their player’s interim placement on teams named C1, C2, etc. Starting Friday, September 22, inter-squad games will begin. You will not on the schedule that games will be labelled using the C1, C2… naming.
Please note the following exceptions:
1. Bantam families: Wednesday ice times are labelled red and blue. If your player has been assigned to one of these colour groups, please attend.
2. Peewee families: There are two development ice times on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. These are broken down by last name. Please attend accordingly.
Well done Ethan! Everyone at VMHA wishes you a great 2017-18 season with the SI Royals Major Midget team, and a bright hockey future with the Kamloops Blazers!
Assessment and Bust the Rust ice times
This is the timeline for assessments this season.
Sept 5-11 – Ice times for rec players run by all coaches
Sept 11 – Final releases from Rep
Sept 12-14 – Drafts
Sept 15 -17 – Balancing games
Sept 18 – Teams to be rebalanced
Sept 20 – Parents and players informed
Sept 21 – Final HCRs done
Bust the Rust ice times
Monday, September 4, 2017: Oak Bay Rec
Atom: 6pm – 6:50pm
Peewee: 7pm – 7:55pm
Bantam: 8:05pm – 9pm
Midget: 9:10pm – 10pm
The full assessment ice schedule for the week of September 4 – 10 can be found on the VMHA homepage. Also note that there are game slots on September 9 and 10 for all divisions, but groups will be assigned during that week. You will receive a confirmation of your game time(s) once the groups have been created.
Recreational Assessment Process
For the past several years, our recreational team selection process has been the following:
- A coach’s meeting at each age division
- Team selection
- Games, reassessment and re-balancing
While this has been a strong process, it has resulted in team imbalances. Therefore, this season, we will try a different approach in an effort to reduce the disparity. The two main differences will be waiting for the SMHA-VMHA rep co-op to release players from representative team selection and using a player draft for team selection.
As in previous seasons, kids will be divided up randomly into groups for practices and games during the initial few weeks of the season. During this period, the coaches will focus on skill development and assessing the kids for the draft. These weeks are intended to be fun for the kids as they gear up for a new season.
As the new season approaches, we have been receiving a number of inquiries from people interested in coaching. Thanks very much for the interest! Please be sure to go on-line and complete our 2017-18 Coaching & Team Staff Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWFCWQ5
Thanks very much. We look forward to receiving your applications!
COACHES: PLEASE ALSO NOTE that preseason coaches meeting on Wednesday August 30th, 7pm in the room beside the lounge upstairs at Oak Bay Rec. We will discuss the upcoming season, the assessment process and get feedback from you all before the kids hit the ice.