Pilot Study: No Body-Checking League, News (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

PrintNews Article
Pilot Study: No Body-Checking League
Submitted By Charlene Mason on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The York Simcoe Minor Hockey League recently announced that it will be conducting a pilot study for a proposed no body-checking league for Minor Bantam, Bantam, Minor Midget and Midget representative teams starting in the 2017-18 season.  

The WSMHA Board of Directors has some significant concerns re: the proposed “Minor Development” pilot.  Unlike some of the larger YSMHL centres, Stouffville would be forced to discontinue an existing program in order to accommodate entries in the new league.  For example, based on our current registrations, adding Minor Development teams in Minor Bantam and Bantam would force us to drop A or AE teams for these age groups. Alternatively, we would have to reduce the number of Bantam House League teams to the point where a league is no longer viable. The first option would require consultation with the user group before we could proceed, and there is not enough time before try-outs to make this happen in a fair and objective manner.  The second scenario is simply not an option in the Board’s opinion.

Given these and other concerns (unacceptably short time lines, many unanswered questions), the WSMHA will not participate in the proposed pilot study next season.  We believe, however, that the concept of a competitive no body-checking league has merit so we will closely monitor the results of the pilot study. We will also attempt to develop a plan which, if the pilot proves successful, might enable the WSMHA to participate in future. 

This article has been viewed 1012 times.
Category Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association on Twitter
- and -
Visit Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association on Facebook
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 16
    May
    Organization
    The primary purpose of Rostered Select is to enhance our House League program by offering an additional hockey experience for those players who may be interested in pursuing this option while continuing to play House League hockey. Good coaching ...
  • 15
    May
    Organization
    The WSMHA is seeking candidates for the position of Ice Scheduler for the 2018-19 season.  This is a salaried, part-time position covering the period from August 15 to April 15 with a two-week hiatus from December 15-31.  The primary role is to ...
  • 12
    May
    Organization
    We confirm that the WSMHA Initiation Program for the 2018-2019 season will run in accordance with the Hockey Canada Initiation Program for all children with birth years from 2012 - 2014, spread over 3 levels: Acton, May and Hassard.  Please note ...
  • 26
    Apr
    Organization
    Congratulations to James Carlin, Liam Comeau, Brydon Jewett and Ryan Nunes, winners of the Bonnie and Glenn McDougall Education Bursary for 2018.  Award was presented at the WSMHA annual meeting on April 25, 2018.
  • 26
    Apr
    Organization
    Congratulations to Don Easter, winner of the President's award for 2018.  Award presented at the WSMHA annual meeting, April 25,2018
  • 26
    Apr
    Organization
    Congratulations to Greg Smith, winner of the Steve Wright Award for 2018.  Award was presented at the WSMHA annual meeting on April 25/18
  • 26
    Apr
    Organization
    Congratulations to Brydon Jewett, winner of the 2018 Dan McNeil award. Award was presented at the WSMHA annual meeting on April 25/18
  • 13
    Apr
    Organization
    At this time the WSMHA is entertaining proposals for photographers for the 2018/2019 season. If you’re interested, please contact us no later than April 27, 2018 at [email protected] Further information will be provided to those interested in being ...
Printed from wsmha.com on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 4:02 AM