Development Stream (DS) Program
The Development Stream (DS) program is a subset of House League offered on a tryout basis to players who:
- Are looking for a development bridge to Competitive hockey; or
- Do not wish to make the commitment, in time or cost, to Competitive hockey but are seeking more competition and skill development than is afforded by house league alone.
DS Program Information
Who can play?
All players registered in House League are eligible to try out for the DS team in their age group. It is important to note that the DS program supplements the House League program, meaning that all DS players must be registered in House League and must attend House League games and practices regularly. This may result in players having two games/practices on the same day.
What divisions have teams?
There will be two teams each in Novice, Atom, and Peewee, and one team each in Bantam and Midget. Players in the Tyke division may try out for the Novice DS teams.
What is the time commitment?
In accordance with OWHA rules, DS teams are permitted to play in no more than 8 games and 3 tournaments during the House League season. DS players will typically be on the ice once a week in addition to their regular House League games and practices.
Which tournaments will our DS teams be attending?
We are considering the following tournaments for this year’s DS teams:
- Guelph ~ 6–8 January 2017
- Leaside March Break Madness Tournament ~ 10–12 March 2017
- Brampton Canadettes 49th World’s Largest & Longest Running Female Tournament ~ 14–16 April 2017
What is the cost in addition to House League fees?
The approximate cost of playing on a DS team is $650 per player in addition to House League registration fees. This covers entry fees for the tournaments, as well as professional skating and goalie instruction at some practices. It does not cover any travel costs, which are extra.
Players will also be required to purchase their own jerseys (approx. $130); however, these jerseys are the same as the jerseys worn by our Competitive teams and can be used for subsequent years of DS or Rep.
How can I volunteer to coach?
Applications will be accepted for head coaching positions prior to tryouts. The application can be accessed here. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2016. Assistant coaches, trainers and managers will be selected for each team from among those interested parents whose daughters have been selected for the team.
When are the tryouts?
Tryouts will be held the first week of November and will be open to all registered players in our 2016–17 House League program. Independent evaluators selected by the EVP of House League will assist in the evaluation of the players. Attendance at both tryouts is mandatory. The tryout fee is $15 per skate.
Can my daughter play DS if she is on a Tournament Team?
Players registered on a Tournament Team are eligible to try out for DS and can continue to play on both teams if they wish. However, DS players may be traded to another house league team to help balance the division; in this case, it may be impossible to honour friend requests indicated at registration. Full refunds on the cost of tournament team registration will be offered to Tournament Team players who are successful at DS tryouts and opt to play DS only.
When are practices?
Practice times will include Saturday evening (5:45pm Oriole and 6:45pm Canlan VP), Sunday afternoon (1:00pm/2:00pm/2:30pm Leaside), and Wednesday 6:30pm at Leaside. The teams will generally rotate through the time slots to help facilitate game planning.