Resources for parents
All coaches and managers at HWI are volunteers and give hundreds of hours each season both on and off the ice. In order for each season to be fun and successful for all, parents and families need to be involved, offer positive encouragement, and support the coaching staff and players. Sportsmanship starts in the stands and we ask that parents lead by example.
Get involved. It is very important to attend the start of the year team meeting with coaches.
- To the best of your ability, ensure that your child respects his/her teammates, coaches, team officials, referees, opponents, opposing coaches, opposing team officials and other participants in HWI games, practices, and other association activities.
- To the best of your ability, ensure that your child conducts himself/herself in a manner that minimizes the risk of injury, both physical and psychological, to himself/herself and others which includes not making any derogatory comments as to another individual’s race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender and/or sexual orientation.
- Refrain from criticism of coaches, team officials, referees, teammates, opponents, opposing coaches, opposing team officials and other participants in HWI games and other association activities and, when you feel that criticism is warranted, you shall offer it in a manner that is fully respectful, through proper channels and away from the hockey rink.
- Refrain from discussing the weaknesses of other team players and/or coaching staff with your child.
- Keep interactions with parents on the other team as healthy and positive as possible. Parents on the ‘other’ team are not the enemy. Neither are the players on the other team.
- Every effort should be made to NOT coach from the stands. Hearing different directions coming from the stands is distracting and confusing for both players and coaching staff. The stands are for enjoying watching your child play, and the companionship of other parents. If you want to coach, please consider obtaining your coaching certification and volunteering for a role on a team.
Age Divisions for Single Letter Programs
The age and skill level of the players defines the seasonal plan. Hockey Canada skill-development programs are based on progressive steps and follow the appropriate allocation of time defined in the skill-development pyramid.
Timbits M7 Age Division (formerly called Pre-Novice)
For kids aged 4-5-6
The M7 Division only plays against other HWI teams. Goals for the Timbits M7 age division are:
Fun, the introduction of basic skills, reviewing of basic skills, refining of basic skills
CLICK HERE for complete Timbits Hockey Canada M7 Program and cross-ice game information.
M9 (formerly Novice)
For kids aged 7-8
M9 makes sure that taking early strides in the game is a safe and positive experience, introducing newcomers to basic skills.
In M9 players are classed in groups 1-4 and play against other Minor Hockey Associations in our league (Central Hockey League (CHL)) which includes Lakeshore Hockey, Pierrefonds Hockey, and Hockey Dollard des Ormeaux. Goals for the M9 age category are: Fun, reviewing of basic skills, refining of basic skills.
CLICK HERE for complete U9 and half-ice game information.
M11 (formerly Atom) for kids ages 9-10
M13 (formerly PeeWee) for kids ages 11-12
M15 (formerly Bantam) for kids ages 13-14
M18 (formerly Midget) for kids ages 15-16-17
M11 and M13 programs can have Classes A-B-C. M15 and higher usually only have A&B Classes. Teams in Divisions M11, M13, M15, and M18 play against other Minor Hockey Associations (MHA) in the CHL.
Junior includes players from the age of 18 up to 21 within the calendar year, with a maximum of 4 players of 21 years old permitted per team. HWI only participates in the A-B Classes given that the AA Class is a Provincial league structure. Junior teams play in the Lac St-Louis regional league vs. other Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) of the Lac St-Louis territory.
Evaluations take place at the beginning of the season to ensure that players are grouped according to their ability and to ensure that the player is placed in the best possible position for success.
Parents can often feel unproductive during tryouts and assessments, which can lead to anxiety, frustration, and other negative reactions. During the evaluation process, it is crucial that coaches and evaluators are given the opportunity to go through their process and that players are removed from any negativity as much as possible. The role of parents during the evaluation process is to be positive and supportive of the player. This materializes by having good habits, having a good routine before the sessions, and helping the player to understand and decode what is happening when he decompresses or prepares. Examples include enforcing good sleep and rest patterns, providing appropriate nutrition to replenish energy and promote recovery, and helping to manage and reduce the player’s stress and frustration which can lead to decreased performance and increased fatigue. All players want to reach the highest levels and parents often want to support them in this effort. The best way to do this is to reinforce a growth mindset, to be the best you can be at any level, and to keep learning how to improve.
Players, parents and coaches who can make the most of their situation, no matter what, will ultimately have the most fun, learn the most, and have the best experience possible. Ultimately, the enjoyment of the sport and the skills a player can build on and off the ice are the most important outcomes of this process. If the parent can support and amplify these concepts, the player will experience the optimal benefit no matter where they are rated or what team level they are selected for.