Welcome to Minor Hockey!

Vancouver Minor Hockey Association (VMHA) is a volunteer-run association; we rely on parents for the success of our association.  VMHA is a co-ed association registration is open to both boys and girls.

VMHA is a member of the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA).  We encourage all players and parents to become familiar with the PCAHA Rulebook as all metro Vancouver associations are governed by the PCAHA.

In addition, please refer to our Policies and Procedures for additional VMHA-specific Policies and Procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is the schedule for my child’s age group?

When does the season start and how long is the season?

Which arena will by my child practice at and what time of day?

I do not live within VMHA’s boundaries, can I still register my child?

Does my child need to have hockey experience?

Can my child be on the same team as his friend or sibling?

What does “balancing” mean?

Does my child need to their own equipment? What if my child is a goalie?

Does Vancouver Minor offer funding if I cannot afford to pay for registration?

 

What is the schedule for my child’s age group?

This is the number one question we receive and the most difficult one to answer.  For the month of September there isn’t a set schedule as this is the time when players from Atom to Juvenile are evaluated and placed on teams. Hockey 1 to Hockey 4 do not get placed on teams until October.  Once teams are set, each team will be given their schedule for the season.  You will be notified by the Divisional Manager of your child’s schedule until players are placed on a team at which time a team manager will take over.

 

When does the season start and how long is the season?

Players trying out for rep can expect to start in late August all other players in early September.  The season runs until March of the following year.

 

Which arena will by my child practice at and what time of day?

Practices can start as early as 6:00 am and as late as 10:00 pm depending on the age group.  Typically the younger players are given the early ice times and older player the later times.  The arenas used are Britannia, Trout Lake, Killarney, Agrodome and Canlan 8 rinks.  VMHA can purchase ice at other arenas if we are not allocated enough ice for our needs by the Vancouver Parks Board.

 

I do not live within VMHA’s boundaries, can I still register my child?

No, unfortunately.  Registration is based on residence; you are required to register in your home association.  Please check our Boundary Map.  If your home association is full and VMHA has space available, we may accept your child for that season only.

 

Does my child need to have hockey experience?

Hockey 1-4 is considered development hockey.  Your child does not need to have any previous experience other than having some skating ability.  If your child is Atom to Juvenile age they should have some experience, not necessarily on a team, but at least a few hockey skills clinics through the Parks Board or Canlan 8-Rinks or any other hockey specific organization.

 

Can my child be on the same team as his friend or sibling?

Hockey level is based on birth year.  It may not be possible to have siblings on the same team due to the birth year rule.  Requests to be on the same team as a friend may also not be possible as teams need to be balanced.

 

What does “balancing” mean?

Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) governs all the minor hockey associations in Metro Vancouver. All association are required to have all their non-Rep teams balanced. This means when VMHA teams play each other, the result should be a very even game.  Individual players are assessed at the start of the season and placed in balancing groups.  These groups then play balancing games against each other. The Divisional manager works with the coaches to insure this is done to the best of their ability.  If the PCAHA determines that VMHA does not have a balanced division, they will request a player be moved.  This can be done as late as December 1st. VMHA’s goal is to try our best to balance teams at the start of the season so players are not moved part way through the season as this can be an unpleasant experience for some players.

 

Does my child need to their own equipment? What if my child is a goalie?

Yes, your child needs to have all their own gear. If your child would like to be a goalie VMHA has goalie gear for players between Hockey 1 and Peewee.  If your child decides to be a full-time goalie and you purchase their own gear there is a registration discount for goalies with their own gear.

 

Does Vancouver Minor offer funding if I cannot afford to pay for registration?

There are external organizations that assist families who qualify for assistance. Parents and players are required to submit their own application to those organizations. Please see our section on Financial Assistance and Scholarships for more details.

After you have applied to any external organizations that offer financial assistance, VMHA also offers a Hockey Access Fund to help.  More information is here: http://vmha.com/financial-assistance

 

What if my child decides not to play or gets hurt, can I get a refund?

Yes, please see our refund_request_form