2019/2020 AE Mixed (Combined Minor and Major), News (Woolwich Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
2019/2020 AE Mixed (Combined Minor and Major)
Submitted By Brett Bickerton on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WMHA will have Mixed AE Teams (Combined Minor and Major) for the 2019/2020 season. The following information has been provided on this decision.

Background

WMHA has historically had a mix of Minor, Major and Mixed (Minor and Major combined) AE teams. This past season, Novice, Atom, Midget were mixed teams, Peewee and Bantam were split. There was no Major Bantam AE team in the 2018/2019 season. The Minor and Major split was first introduced in Woolwich in 2014.

Decision

A motion was put forward at the March executive meeting (March 25th) to have all AE teams be Mixed (Minor/Major). The result of that decision would impact 2 teams. This vote passed in favor of Mixed AE teams.


A request was put forward to the Executive to allow for an opportunity for representatives to advocate for split teams. That request was granted and a meeting was held on April 7th.


The Executive then held a “Special” meeting April 8th to discuss the information presented and re-vote on the decision. This vote passed again in favor of Mixed AE teams.

Why?

Given the size of our Association, we are faced with competition from larger centres that is often unbalanced. Those larger centres, in some cases, have teams at the AAA, AA, A and AE levels. In other cases, a centre may AA and AE (no A level) thus making their AE team closer to an A team. The Minor age group has historically been overwhelmed with the level of competition from those centres which has been communicated through parent feedback/season evaluations.  The AE program is broken down into AE1-AE5. Typically, the Major teams would play in AE2, the Minor Teams in AE1 hence the challenging competition at the Minor level. Given those facts, WMHA has decided that mixed AE teams would likely face more balanced and appropriately leveled competition (AE2) and that would provide the right mix of fun, player development, competition and team success for the season.

Are you saying it's all about winning?

No. It comes down to matching teams on equal playing fields. Teams that are mismatched from a competition perspective typically will have a lower winning percentage. While that percentage is not the primary driver, the impact that the experience has on players, parents, bench staff and referees is critical. Feedback has shown that players are more likely to be turned off of hockey when the competitive gap is large. This goes for teams on both the winning and losing sides. While this gap can occur at any level, the Minor AE (AE1) level tends to have a larger gap. We want kids to have fun and our experience has shown us that when we combine the age groups and play in a loop better suited to our Centre's Classification, we seem to have happier people.

What about Player Development?

"Our goal is to develop players who are technically proficient, tactically aware, physically athletic and mentally confident. This is a comprehensive approach to player development, and we believe that this approach will maximize every player’s enjoyment of the game and overall development." This snippet from the OMHA Long Term Player Development model reinforces the goals of WMHA. Player development is a challenging item to measure but as an Association, we feel that the right combination of coaching, opportunity, competition and confidence will set players up for success. The impact of this decision will be fewer spots on at the representative level but players have an opportunity for development to continue within our Local League program which will only be strengthened. When the Association offering isn’t enough, there are a variety of third-party options (The Grind, Woolwich Hockey Academy, Nexus, The Zone) available should parents/players want more.

But we have enough players to have split AE teams?

Based on OMHA guidance, teams should not be formed just because the numbers support it,  enter the team because it will give your Members, the best hockey experience possible. And most importantly, it will give the players, the best hockey experience possible.


This article has been viewed 1514 times.
Category Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Woolwich Minor Hockey on Twitter
- and -
Visit Woolwich Minor Hockey on Facebook
- and -
Follow Woolwich Minor Hockey on Instagram
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 14
    Jul
    Organization
    Permission to Skate forms / Tryout Passes will be available late August / Early September. Once we receive more information, we will post it to the website.  
  • 09
    Jul
    Organization
    2021-2022 Registration is now open. Please read the HCR 3.0 user guide carefully - it is very important that you follow these instructions in order for the credits from last year to be applied!  Click here to create your HCR 3.0 account
  • 18
    Jun
    Organization
    Thank you to everyone that joined us on June 2nd for the 2021 Woolwich Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) Virtual Annual Meeting.
  • 16
    Jun
    Organization
    Woolwich Minor Hockey Association is excited to have been selected to host the NHL and the NHLPA First Shift Program again this winter. The First Shift Program is open to boys and girls ages 6-10 years who have never previously registered or are ...
  • 14
    Jun
    Organization
    2021 / 2020 Season Executive Staff   The Annual Meeting concluded on June 2nd, 2021 and during that meeting the 2020/2021 Executive Team wrapped up their final duties. Thank you to our 2020/2021 Executive Team who help us navigate through such an ...
  • 10
    Jun
    Organization
    Registration for the 2021-2022 season will be delayed from the planned opening on June 10th.  Registration has been moved to a new platform - HCR 3.0, and we want to confirm that everything is working properly before we open. 
  • 02
    Jun
    Organization
    For those that registered for our Annual Meeting, the Zoom information has been emailed to you. Please check your junk or promotions folders. If you did not receive the email and you did register, please reach out to ...
  • 01
    Jun
    Organization
    WMHA is pleased to announce the following Head Coach selection update for the 2021/2022 Season: U9 Major A Tier 1 (2013) – Sal Abate U11 Minor A (2012) – Brian Clemmer U11 Major A (2011) – Dave Weiss U13 Minor A (2010) – Josh Gruhl U13 Major A ...
Printed from woolwichminorhockey.ca on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 5:29 PM