Representative Program (Woolwich Minor Hockey)

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Welcome to the Woolwich Minor Hockey Representative Hockey Program. The following information is intended to provide you with a greater understanding of our rep. program, the commitment required and to set expectations.

We are not here to produce Junior draft selections or National Hockey League players. Nor can we promise a college or university scholarship. Rather, we are here to assist in the development of children as individuals and team members. Hockey, like all team sports, is about making life long friends. Our goal is to bring a group of individuals together that will work for a common goal (the team). Pursuing one's individual goals and ambitions is solely up to the player and his or her own ability and desire. The coaches we select have a mandate to increase your child's hockey knowledge and an understanding of the skills required to be successful.

We would love to say that every child in our program would achieve his or her goals of getting that scholarship or playing in the NHL. But that is not a realistic expectation (see article). We can say though, that the children in our program will be given an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of hockey. They will know that a team working for a common goal is greater than individual glory.

Playing Representative hockey requires ability, desire and a good attitude, but also a commitment to the team. The coaches, as selected by the Coaching Selection Committee and then affirmed by the Executive, are committed to be at both practices and games. Woolwich Minor Hockey Association, the coaching staffs and teammates, expect no less from each and every member of the team. As such, out of respect for all participants, any vacation time scheduled during the hockey season and other sport or club commitments should be addressed with the coaching staff prior to the selection of the team. Good luck to you and your child wherever your child's hockey takes you.

Rob Moyer
President, Woolwich Minor Hockey Association

Woolwich Minor Hockey Representative Divisions range from Midget A to Novice  A  in all levels, as well as Tyke & AE (currently Midget, Bantam, PeeWee, Atom and Novice). This is registration dependent.  Exceptional teams have also competed at the AA level.
  • WMHA is classified as an 'A' OMHA centre. 
  • WMHA will do its best to choose the best coaching staff available at each division.
  • The coaching staff will select between 15 and 17 players.
  • Selection will be based strictly on ability, attitude and knowledge of the game.
  • Tryout Eligibility: If you are unable to attend any of the first three (3) tryouts, you may forfeit your eligibility to participate in the tryout process. The Head Coach and Executive Members, reserve the right to consider exceptional circumstances.
  • The coaching staff will outline its coaching philosophy in a meeting prior to the start of the season.
  • Ice time is not guaranteed and the coaching staffs will be responsible for the allocation of ice time, however we will strive to allocate equal ice time for all during the regular season, including goaltenders.
  • Parents should feel free to talk to the coaching staff about issues pertaining to the development of their child.
  • All communication between parents and coaching staff should be conducted in a professional, respectful and courteous manner.
  • Tyke Select was new in 2009-2010. This is geared at stronger 7 year old players who play as a rep team in the Tri-county league. This is a novice level team.
  • Major Novice A is geared at stronger 8 year old players that play as a rep team in the Tri-county league.

As an organization our goal is to provide children with the best coaching available and we entrust the coaches selected to develop players to their full potential.

Exceptional Player Movement Policy

Woolwich Minor Hockey has developed a process on how we will a handle player request to play with an older team while meeting requirements from Hockey Canada and the OMHA. A system has been put in place where several steps must be followed to proceed in order through this process.

It is Woolwich’s mandate to create hockey team’s not individual stars. The criteria for a player to move up is that they must currently be in the TOP 3 of this year’s team and then in the following tryout be “clearly in the  TOP 3” of the older team.

There will be independent evaluators that will do the preliminary and if necessary the tryout evaluation.  Coaches will not be making the decision if the player may move up rather if given the opportunity if they would like to use a younger player on their team.

The steps for movement are as follows

  1. Complete the Exceptional Player Movement Application by February 10th. A $150 non-refundable assessment fee is required.

  3. The current coaching staff will be approached by the VP of Rep to see where they would rank the player.  If in the top 3 of their team move on to next step.
  4. The independent group will evaluate the player during the current season’s playoffs.  At this point the parents will be contacted with the results.
  5. Players moving forward to the final step will be once again evaluated by the independent board only this time during the first tryouts with the older teams.

From this point the coach and parents will be notified of the results.  In the event that the evaluators feel that the player can play at the higher level the coach will be notified and from this point the coach has the decision if he would like to use this player.

It will be the player’s responsibility to be at one of the first two tryouts with his proper age.


Other centers have used a similar process and have found even though they receive a large number of applications only one or two move through the entire process.  With this in mind please make sure that this is what your player really wants to do before starting the application.

This procedure will only act as a one year release and must be repeated yearly.  During the evaluation any contact with the evaluators will void the application.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your current hockey year and all the best in future games. Please fill out the Exceptional Player Movement Application Form.

Novice Players
As per OMHA policy, a 7-year-old is allowed to tryout on a Novice A team as long as it fits within our associations criteria and keeps the spirit of the Hockey Canada mandate for hockey below Novice.  

Kurt Wilkie
VP, Rep


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