Answers to Questions from Players (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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Frequently Asked Question

Below are answers to questions we regularly get from players, as well as information we think might be useful to players.

  1. I don’t know much about hockey. Where do I start?
  2. What are evaluations? When are evaluations held?
  3. Where do I find my schedule?
  4. Where do I find the standings for my division?
  5. Where will I play?
  6. Does the UMHA offer a higher level of competition?
  7. Can I be on my friend’s team?
  8. What recognition programs and awards are available to teams?
  9. Where can I find out more information about hockey?
  10. Can stickers be applied to hockey helmets?

Answers

1. I don’t know much about hockey. Where do I start?
You are already on the right track! The UMHA website is a great place to start. Read the information applicable to your division as that will help you to understand our program. Read the information about registration as that will help you to understand how to get signed up for our program. 

For more general information, check out our Hockey 101 page, the Hockey Canada website and the OMHA website.
2. What are evaluations? When are evaluations held?
In order to form hockey teams that are balanced for competition, the UMHA holds evaluation sessions each season. Typically evaluations take place during the first two sessions you are on the ice in mid to late September. During evaluations, volunteer coaches run drills and evaluate all players in the areas of skating, puck handling, passing, shooting and general hockey knowledge. The results of these evaluations are then fed into the UMHA’s computer program for team generation and the preliminary teams for all divisions are formed.

The UMHA may also do evaluations during playoffs in the spring. The results of these evaluations are combined with the September evaluation results to provide a more accurate picture of each player’s ability.
3. Where do I find my schedule?
Schedules are posted on each team calendar as soon as they are available.
4. Where do I find the standings for my division?
Standings information is posted on each division page at various times throughout the season.
5. Where will I play?
The UMHA rents ice from the City of Markham at local arenas. The two main arenas used by the UMHA for its program are Crosby Memorial Community Centre and Angus Glen Community Centre. From time to time, the UMHA also rents ice at other locations, such as R. J. Clatworthy Arena, Milliken Mills Community Centre and Centennial Community Centre, for extra skills sessions and additional team practices. Details regarding the location of the program for you can be found on the page for your division.
6. Does the UMHA offer a higher level of competition?
In addition to running a house league program, the UMHA also runs a select program for house league players who want a higher level of competition. Please see the Unionville Jets page for additional details.

The UMHA is part of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). The representative (rep) program for the UMHA’s centre is the Markham Unionville Waxers. For more information about this program, please go to the Markham Unionville Waxers website.
7. Can I be on my friend’s team?
The focus of the UMHA program is to develop the skills of players and to provide balanced teams so that the competitive part of the program is enjoyable for all. To do that, teams are formed based on evaluations rather than on special requests. The only exceptions to this are for siblings and for the children of the head coach and one assistant coach chosen by the head coach. 

If you would like to make a request to play on the same team as a another player, complete the UMHA Mutual Teammate Request Form. The fully completed and originally signed form must be delivered to the UMHA at its office located in Crosby Memorial Community Centre. It may not be given to a UMHA volunteer. If you are delivering the form outside of office hours, please drop it through the UMHA mail slot in the Town Recreation Services door directly across the hall from the UMHA office. 

It must be delivered to the UMHA prior to the start of evaluations for the players’ division in order for the request to be considered. Evaluation schedules are posted on the UMHA website on the division page.
8. What recognition programs and awards are available to teams?
In addition to the UMHA Awards Banquet where all teams receive trophies, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association has an Award of Hometown Excellence Team Recognition Program. This Program recognizes up to six teams in Ontario which demonstrate excellence in the community and/or excellence on the ice. Information about the award is announced annually in late February on the OMHA website.
9. Where can I find out more information about hockey?
There is a lot of additional information about hockey available on the OMHA website on the Player’s Information Page

Download the OMHA Participant’s Guide.
10. Can stickers be applied to hockey helmets?
Hockey Canada requires all players to wear helmets that are CSA certified from the manufacturer. It is the responsibility of the equipment user to ensure that throughout the life of the helmet the CSA certification is maintained. Hockey Canada recommends that prior to applying anything to the helmet including stickers that they refer to the manufacturer's instructions and if applicable the sticker manufacturer to confirm the type of adhesive they are applying will not jeopardize CSA certification and/or the manufacturer’s warranty. It is the sole responsibility of the equipment user to ensure that they are not applying adhesives or other materials that may affect the integrity of the helmet and ultimately void the CSA certification and/or the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Read the Hockey Canada Policy on The Application of Stickers on Helmets.
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