Parent/Player Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT ARE THE COSTS TO PLAY ‘AAA’ HOCKEY?
REGISTRATION for the 2018-2019 season is $2,100.00 payable in 3 monthly installments (post-dated cheques for Sept 15, Oct 1 and Nov 1 payable to EMHA). There are no admission fees to regular season or playoff games. Players can recoup part or all of their registration by securing sponsors.
TRYOUTS - $100 if payment is received prior to March 31st. After March 31st payment is $125 cash at the door. Every player shall attend the first two tryouts. Following those, coaches will begin making their selections and updated Tryout Rosters will be posted on the website.
ADDITIONAL COSTS – A budget is set and approved by each team to cover tournaments, equipment, $500 bond cheque, etc. Team Fees should include OHF’s etc.
DRESS CODE - Each team implements a dress code for all games and Chief functions. A team may wish to purchase coats, wind suits, hats, etc with the approved EMHA logo, with the cost being the responsibility of each player.
TOURNAMENTS - Each team may participate in up to 5 tournaments/exhibition weekends during regular season. Entry fees for tournaments range from $900.00 to $1,500.00 and are the responsibility of the team. Admission fees for tournaments range from no fee to $25.00 per person per weekend. All travel costs are the responsibility of the individual parents/players.
NON PARENT HEAD COACH EXPENSES - Each team with a non-parent Head Coach reimburses the non-parent Head Coach one room per night per tournament provided that the majority of the team is staying at the hotel.
Q: HOW MANY GAMES AND PRACTICES CAN BE EXPECTED DURING THE SEASON?
A: The season is comprised of approximately 30 regular games, starting mid-September and finishes in January/February depending on the age. Play-offs extend into March. On average, each week a team will have a home and away game, as well as 1-2 practices. Including league, tournament and exhibition games, teams play anywhere from 70-80 games throughout the season.
Q: How come all of our practices have been removed from the schedule?
A: When a team has completed their playoff run, and there are no other season games to play, the team's season is considered over and ice time will only be allocated if it is available
Q: What happens to our weekly practice and game times once we are eliminated from the playoffs?
A: Ice time for teams no longer playing is either given to other teams still in play, or given back to the arena for allocation to other customers, per the organizations' contract with the arena. This is a standard practice across most minor hockey organizations and the organization is credited for any ice time returned to the arena.
Q: Why did we get 2 practices after we were eliminated, but not any more?
A: The contract with the arena stipulates a minimum amount of notice that must be given for returning ice times. When a team is eliminated, it usually takes some time for all of the appropriate notifications to filter through, which, combined with the minimum notification period, results in a weeks' worth of ice time remaining for the team that was eliminated.
Q: We have been given more than 2 practices in other years, why haven't we got that this year?
A: If there is a reason ice cannot be returned to the arena, it will be distributed first to teams still in the playoffs, then to all remaining teams as equally as possible. This may result in more ice being available some years, but not every year.
Q: I payed for the full season, and the season lasts until the end of March, do I get money back then?
A: The season lasts until a team has been eliminated from the playoffs and has no more games to play. The season may last until late March, but it is not a guarantee. Part of the registration fees do pay for ice time, however there are a number of other operational costs that go into a minor hockey organization (referees, equipment, league registration, etc), all of which are accounted for in the organizations' budget. There will be no refunds to teams who are eliminated early from the playoffs.
Q: WHAT OTHER TEAMS DO THE CHIEFS PLAY AGAINST?
A:The Chiefs play in the West Division, Pavilion League of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, along with Chatham, Lambton, Windsor, Sun County and London in the West and Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Brantford, Cambridge, and Huron Perth in the East.
Chiefs Day is an annual fundraising and organization team-building event. This year it will be held at the brand new Komoka Community Wellness and Recreation Centre on the last Saturday of October each year. All teams will play a regular season game that day. Volunteers from each team will be required - information will follow from our Director of Fundraising.