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FAQ for U14/15 and U16/18 Rep. Teams
Submitted By Kevin Mehlenbacher on Mon 04 25, 22
There has been several questions regarding next seasons U14/15 and U16/18 Rep. Teams.  To help answer these questions the following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been created.   

1.       What teams are being planned for next season?

At this time a U15A, U15BB, U18A and U18BB are being planned.  The BB category replaces the old AE category.

2.       Why are there no U14A or U16A teams being planned?

HMHA must abide by all rules and regulations as set forth by its governing bodies, namely Hockey Canada, Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).  As per the regulations, teams in the U15 and U18 age division must be provided before any U14 or U16 teams are created.

When planning teams for the next season, HMHA uses the available player information to project the number of eligible players for each team.  Based on current player projections there are not enough players to fill the U15A and U18A age division teams without drawing from the U14 and U16 age players.

3.       Is there any possibility of a U14A or U16A team?

There is a possibility of U14A and U16A teams in addition to the U15A and U18A teams if sufficient player numbers are registered and attend scheduled tryouts.  The number of teams and their age divisions will be revaluated during tryouts.

4.       Will there be a U15BB and a U18BB team?

The U15BB and U18BB teams are dependent on the number of players attending tryouts.  Players must attend the U15A or U18A tryouts to be eligible to tryout for the BB teams.  The number of teams and their age divisions will be revaluated during tryouts.

5.       Can a team start in the BB category?

The U15A and U18A teams must start the season in their proper “A” category.  Teams can only request reclassification at the season holiday break.  A team reclassification is based on the overall team record to that date and approval is at the sole discretion of the Tri-County Minor Hockey League and the OMHA.

6.       What are the options for U14 players since there is no U14A team?

As per OMHA regulations the only options available for U14 players wanting to tryout for representative teams is the following:

A player from an OMHA A base category Centre may try out for:

  • AAA Zone as per the current regulations.
  • one (1) AA team in an OMHA AAA or AA base category Centre, and;
  • Home Centre.

As per OMHA regulations, since HMHA is offering a U15A team, U14 age players are not permitted to attend “A” tryouts in another center.

7.       What are the options for U16 players since there is no U16A team?

As per OMHA regulations the only options available for U16 players wanting to tryout for representative teams is the following:

A player from an OMHA A base category Centre may try out for:

  • AAA Zone as per the current regulations.
  • one (1) AA team in an OMHA AAA or AA base category Centre, and;
  • Home Centre.

As per OMHA regulations, since HMHA is offering a U18A team, U16 age players are not permitted to attend “A” tryouts in another center.

 

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