Try Girls Hockey Day
** Registration Required **
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. My daughter’s not sure if she wants to play hockey. Do I have to buy a full set of equipment and pay for registration for her just to try it?
No, you do not need to buy a full set of equipment to participate in Try Girls Hockey Day. If you have a neighbour or family member that plays, hopefully you can borrow what you need.
Q2. What equipment does my daughter need to play?
For Try Girls Hockey Day, you must have the following:
- CSA Certified Hockey Helmet with cage
- Hockey gloves
- Elbow protection
- Knee protection
- Neck Guard
Optional for Try Hockey Day:
- Hockey Pants
- Shoulder Pads
- Jill – girls version of a Jock
- Mouth Guard
Note: the optional items are mandatory if you do decide to play hockey.
Hockey equipment can be found at used sporting goods stores such as Sports Zone in Waterloo or Play it Again Sports in Kitchener, or new at nearby retail stores. Many stores have Hockey Starter Kits that include almost everything you need for approximately $150.
Q3. Do I need to register for the “Try Girls Hockey” event?
The event is free, but you are required to register. You can register by filling out the online form on this website.
Q4. If I decide to register my daughter for girls hockey, will I have to pay a late fee?
You will not have to pay a late fee if you are a first time registrant. Registration usually takes place in May - there will also be tryouts for rep teams. Please keep an eye on the website.
We strongly encourage you to register early to ensure a spot for your daughter to play.
Q5. Is girl’s hockey the same as boy’s hockey?
The only difference between boys hockey and girls hockey is there is no body checking at any level of girls hockey.
Q6. How much time does it take? When will my daughter be playing?
There is usually one practice and at least one game per week, each lasting approximately one hour. Coaches also expect their players to be at the rink 30 minutes before their ice time. Representative level hockey usually will have at least one more hour of ice time per week. Home games have set times, away games are dependent on the home team’s ice times.
Q7. How much does it cost?
Your registration fee includes paying for ice time, OWHA costs, insurance costs, team jerseys, team equipment (like pucks and water bottles), referees, and timekeepers. Note, there are no admission fees to girls hockey games as the OWHA has mandated that there are no gate fees.
Full and partial assistance for families is available and is kept confidential.
Although fees have not been set for the 2023-2024 season, approximate registration fees would be:
U8 - U11: $705
U13 - U18: $735
If you play rep there is an additional fees to cover league fees and additional ice time. Your team may choose to participate in tournaments throughout the year and these costs are not included with the registration fees.
Some teams choose to hold fundraisers to help offset these tournament costs. This is an individual team decision.
Click here for age division information
Q8. I heard that there is a lot of traveling with girls hockey. How far do we have to drive to go to a game?
Our local league teams play in the Kitchener Girls Local League. Teams in this league are from Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Woolwich (Elmira/St. Jacobs) Twin Center (Wellesley/St. Clements), Ayr, Fergus (Grand River), Guelph and Woodstock.
Our rep teams are part of several leagues and may play against teams from Stratford, Milverton, Mitchell, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Stoney Creek, Cambridge, Mount Forest, Goderich, Chatham, Strathroy, London, Windsor. It is all dependent on what teams are in the categories that our teams are entered.
Q9. What are the benefits to playing girls hockey?
The benefits of girls playing hockey go beyond the obvious of improved physical health. A report from The Woman’s Sports Foundation found links between sport participation and increased academics as well as a number of hidden health benefits such as reduced breast cancer risks.
For further information please contact [email protected]