Recreational Hockey League

NEW FOR 2020-21

Registration is now open for a new Recreational Hockey League!

This league will operate under the Edmonton Federation Hockey League banner and will include U9 (Novice), U11 (Atom), U13 (Peewee), U15 (Bantam), U18 (Midget) and U21 (Junior) age categories. Teams will be formed by the Districts like NEZ and by Interlock Minor Hockey Associations.

This new league is ideal for those looking for a lower cost, lower commitment, non-body checking alternative to mainstream hockey.

The new EFHL Recreational Hockey League offers participants a less structured program with a focus on participation, fun and meeting new people. This league will follow many of the same principles of the previous Recreational League managed by Hockey Edmonton but will expand to new age groups and allow for Districts, Operating Areas, and Interlock Associations to participate.

It is a non-body checking alternative to the current mainstream hockey model. Body contact is allowed in the same manner as in Novice, Atom, Peewee and Female divisions of play, similar to non-body checking tiers of the EFHL competitive divisions.

Registration is for any interested player in the U9 (Novice), U11 (Atom), U13 (Peewee), U15 (Bantam), U18 (Midget) and U21 (Junior) age categories as of December 31 of the current season. The program is open to all players residing in Districts, Operating Areas and Interlock MHA’s.

All players wanting to play with NEZ Hockey will register directly with NEZ.

Click HERE to register. IF YOU HAVE A NOVICE, ATOM OR PEEWEE PLAYER WHO WANTS TO PLAY IN THE REGULAR HOCKEY PROGRAM YOU MUST REGISTER IN YOUR HOME AREA – BRAVES, EAGLES OR NORTHSTARS. ONLY REGISTER AT THIS LINK IF YOU WANT THE RECREATION, 1-DAY A WEEK PROGRAM.

ALL RECREATION HOCKEY PARENTS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR A BINGO.  YOU CAN PAY REGISTRATION AT AN IN-PERSON DATE OR E-TRANFER THE REGISTRATION FEE TO neztreasurer@telus.net.  (This is an automatic deposit account so no security question/answer is required).  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INDICATE WHICH PROGRAM AND YOUR CHILDS’ NAME.  (U13 – John Jones)

In person registration dates for 2020-2021 hockey season:

Sunday30-Aug2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday01-Sep5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration is at the NEZ Office, 7515 Borden Park Road (behind the tennis courts in Borden Park)

To meet health guidelines, wearing face-masks is mandatory.  Only 1 or 2 people will be allowed into the building at one time.  Only 1 parent is allowed for each player.  No children are allowed into the office.

WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE ON THE ICE IN SEPTEMBER


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EFHL Recreational Hockey FAQ’S

What is EFHL Recreational Hockey?

The league offers participants a less structured program with 1 initial meet and greet practice and 18 games during the season. The focus is on participation, fun and meeting new people.

It is a non-body checking alternative to the current mainstream hockey model. Body contact is allowed in the same manner as in Novice, Atom, Peewee and Female divisions of play, similar to non-body checking tiers of the EFHL competitive divisions.

Registration is for any interested player in the U9 (Novice), U11 (Atom), U13 (Peewee), U15 (Bantam), U18 (Midget) and U21 (Junior) age categories as of December 31 of the current season. The program is open to all players residing in Districts, Operating Areas and Interlock MHA’s.

Registration is completed at the District, Operating Area or Interlock Association of choice for all Associations operating within the Edmonton Federation Hockey League and offering Recreational Hockey.

There are no boundaries for registration in the Edmonton Federation Hockey League Recreational Hockey.

How does it operate?

EFHL will arrange schedules, recruit League Governors, monitor teams and players, develop league rules, co- ordinate referees, etc.

Teams play games against all other teams within their Division. No standings are kept. There are no exhibition, tournament, or playoff games.

Can I be affiliated to other teams?

Recreational Hockey is a division and category within the Edmonton Federation Hockey League. Affiliation is allowed between EFHL Recreational Divisions in a similar manner to other leagues as approved by Hockey Alberta and the Edmonton Federation Hockey League.

Affiliation will NOT be allowed between EFHL Competitive Divisions and EFHL Recreational Divisions with the exception of goaltenders where required.

How many teams are expected?

Since this is the inaugural season, there will be some flexibility in determining the number of teams. Our expectation is that we would have at least one team at each division from every District, Operating Area or Interlock Association participating in Recreational Hockey.

How are the teams selected?

There are no tiers, so it is important that we ensure we have balanced teams to facilitate competitive games. We have rules to maintain equalization of teams. A three goal limit for any player and the option to swap players if there is a five or more goal difference augments these processes.

Teams are formed by each District, Operating Area or Interlock Association. Where multiple teams are formed in the same division, teams are to be balanced as best as possible to promote fair competition.

Friend requests will be facilitated through the District, Operating Area or Interlock MHA.

How are the coaches selected?

Coaches are volunteers with players (family) on their team. We expect equal time and fair play with some minor and basic skill development.

What qualifications do teams and coaches require?

All team officials require the RIS Activity Leader. The Head Coach is recommended to have Coach 2 Level. One official per team must have the HCSP (Safety) certification.

What Divisions of play are offered?

We will be operating U9(Novice), U11(Atom), U13(Peewee), U15(Bantam), U18(Midget) and U21(Junior) divisions for the 2020-21 season. If there is substantial growth, a natural outcome may be categories within divisions of play. If there are insufficient player registrations to operate in traditional divisional formats, the league may resort to programming by age groupings. This would be finalized once registration is completed and numbers are determined.

What if my skill level is not high enough or too high?

We will do our best to place a player where they are most comfortable. We welcome all skill levels and roll with them on every line regardless of skill.

What is the Edmonton Federation Recreational Hockey primary objective?

The focus of the league is fun, recreational hockey.

The traditional rigors of practices, exhibition and tournament travel, along with fees and fundraising found in a typical minor hockey program have been eliminated in order to focus on fun, recreational hockey at a reasonable cost.

For those new to hockey we do encourage them to get in extra skating on the free ice available to the public, as well as any possible opportunities in local outdoor rinks.

Are the rules different than mainstream hockey?

Teams play under Hockey Canada playing rules with a few exceptions:

· No Body Checking

· Three Goal maximum per game for players

· Three penalties per game for players

Aside from these exceptions, players and team officials are subject to the same penalties as those in competitive divisions for similar offences.

Recreational U9 division will follow the same Hockey Canada format as U9 competitive divisions.

Supplemental Discipline, as a result of suspendable offenses, inappropriate conduct, aggressive play, etc., will be more severe than in mainstream hockey. All players will be advised of the differences before starting play.

*****Full equipment is mandatory*****

Who Referees?

Certified Hockey Alberta Referees will be assigned for all games.

How many games are planned for the season?

We plan on 18 games (1 per week) beginning mid-October and ending in March. There will be 1 practice for initial team formation and familiarization. As this is a recreational & fun based theme, it allows for less commitment from parents and players. It also limits our costs (and player registration fees) with ice time and the constant challenges of managing ice for a league.

How many extra practices do coaches usually fund through parent cash contributions or fundraising?

None and there is no allowance for having teams pursue additional funding for expenses of this nature. As discussed above, a benefit of the Recreational Hockey league is the cost reduction for families and that includes any additional or unexpected expenses.

Are there playoffs?

No, standings will not be kept and there are no playoffs.

Is EFHL Recreational Hockey a part of Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week?

No, although this could be changed if approved by the Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week Committee.

Can EFHL Recreational teams play exhibition games against other teams, if the other team agrees to the league rules?

No, teams are limited to the league schedule. Goalies (via the substitute goalie process) are the only players that may play in two or more leagues.

How long are the games?

U9 (Novice) Half Ice Format (2×25 minutes periods with 1.5 minutes shift change buzzer)

U11 (Atom) 60 minute games (3 x13 minute stop time periods)

U13 (Peewee) 90 minute games (15-20-20 minute stop time periods)

U15 (Bantam) 90 minute games (15-20-20 minute stop time periods)

U18 (Midget) 90 minute games (15-20-20 minute stop time periods)

U21 (Junior) 90 minute games (15-20-20 minute stop time periods)

What days will I play on?

Games will be scheduled on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Do parents need to do anything?

Yes, one parent from each family must complete the Respect in Sport Parent online program before their child is allowed on the ice. They do not need to repeat it every year, however for the 2020-21 season, the requirement to recertify affects Parents and Coaches/Team Officials who completed their Respect in Sport certification prior to the 2017-18 season. Teams may have requirement for volunteer timekeepers and jersey parents.

How much does it cost?

Registration fees for the 2020-21 season:

DIVISIONFormerlyFee:
U9(Novice)$335.00 
U11(Atom)$335.00 
U13(Peewee)$450.00 
U15(Bantam)$450.00 
U18(Midget)$450.00 
U21(Junior)$450.00 

FOR NOW, WE ASK YOU TO REGISTER ONLINE.  WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING PAYMENTS OR SETTING UP IN-PERSON REGISTRATION DATES AT THIS TIME.  WHEN YOU REGISTER SELECT THE PAYMENT OPTION “OTHER”.  ONCE MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE FROM ALBERTA HEALTH, THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, THE CITY OF EDMONTON AND FROM HOCKEY EDMONTON WE WILL MESSAGE EVERYONE WITH PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND SET UP IN-PERSON REGISTRATIONS TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS.

WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE ON THE ICE IN SEPTEMBER

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