Answers to Questions from Parents (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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UMHA players (house league and select) have the option of trying out for a representative team during tryout season.  UMHA house league and select players do not need a PTS to try out for a rep team. UMHA Tyke MD players who wish to try out for a team other than the Waxers, should request a Permission to Skate (PTS) form.  This form can be found by clicking here or by going to the Markham Waxers website.  


Answers are only a click away! Please take a moment to try to find the answers to your questions before calling or emailing one of our volunteers. That way, our volunteers can devote their time to making your UMHA hockey experience the best that it can be!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  1. I don’t know much about hockey. Where do I start?
  2. At what age can my child start playing hockey?
  3. When does the season start?
  4. What are evaluations? When are evaluations held?
  5. Where do I find my child’s schedule?
  6. Where do I find the standings for my child’s division?
  7. Where will my child play?
  8. Do you accept special requests? Can my child play with his friends?
  9. How do I sponsor my child’s team?
  10. Does the UMHA offer a higher level of competition?
  11. How do I get a refund?
  12. Where can we find financial assistance so that our child(ren) can play hockey?
  13. What recognition programs and awards are available to teams?
  14. Where can I find out more information about hockey?
  15. Is my 3 year old eligible to play UMHA house league hockey?
  16. Is it possible for my child to play in a division other than based on his or her age?
  17. What insurance coverage is available for Minor Hockey Players, Team Officials, and Volunteers?
  18. 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 child’s division as this will help you understand our program for your child. Also, read the information about registration as that will help you understand how to get your child signed up for our program. 

For more general information, check out our Hockey 101 page, the Hockey Canada website and the OMHA website

Download the OMHA Participant’s Guide.
2. At what age can my child start playing hockey?
The UMHA Mini Mite program is specifically geared to beginning hockey players who are four or five years old. More information about this program is available on the Mini Mite page. Players new to hockey are welcome at all divisions.
3. When does the season start?
The season will start toward the end of September. At this time, players will be evaluated and divided into balanced teams. Evaluation schedules will be posted on each team page. Before the start of the season, each player will receive a phone call from their coach, with information on their team and further instructions regarding practices and games.
4. 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 your child is 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.
5. Where do I find my child’s schedule?
Schedules are posted on each team calendar as soon as they are available.
6. Where do I find the standings for my child’s division?
Standings information is posted on each division page at various times throughout the season.

7. Where will my child 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 your child can be found on the page for his or her division.

Find directions to hockey arenas throughout Ontario on Arena Maps.
8. Do you accept special requests? Can my child play with his friends?
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.
9. How do I sponsor my child’s team?
The UMHA needs sponsors each season to offset the rising costs associated with running a not-for-profit minor hockey program. If you, your business or company are considering sponsoring a team in the UMHA, please go to the Sponsorship page for additional details on what is involved and who to contact.
10. 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. The 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.
11. How do I get a refund?
Refunds are given only by written request. Download and complete our Application for Refund form. Submit it to the UMHA office at Crosby Memorial Community Centre to the attention of the registrar. Please note that it may take up to three weeks to process the refund request. The refund cheque will be mailed to the address you provide on your refund application. Please read our refund policy to determine the amount of your refund.
12. Where can we find financial assistance so that our child(ren) can play hockey?
There are numerous ways in which families can seek financial assistance in order for their child(ren) to be able to play hockey with the UMHA. Please check these resources for more information. The UMHA may also be able to provide some financial assistance. Please contact the UMHA Registrar for more details. Your inquiry will be kept confidential.
13. 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.
14. Where can I find out more information about hockey?
There is a lot of additional information about hockey available on our website and the OMHA's website.  The UMHA is always here to help answer whatever question you may have about hockey.   
15. Is my 3 year old eligible to play UMHA house league hockey?
The youngest players in the UMHA play in the Mini Mite division. The players in this division are generally at least 4 years of age. Registration of players younger than 4 will be decided by the UMHA on a case by case basis.

In order to be considered for registration, any player younger than 4 must be able to skate. A parent must also agree to take the required certifications to help out either on the ice as a coach or assistant coach or on the bench as a trainer.
16. Is it possible for my child to play in a division other than based on his or her age?
All players must attend the fall house league evaluation sessions for the division that the player would play in based on his or her age. At these evaluation sessions, a parent may make a request to the division convener for the player to be assigned to another division. The UMHA will consider these requests on a case by case basis taking into consideration the results of the evaluation sessions, registration numbers in the applicable divisions and any special circumstances that may exist. Movement to another division is not guaranteed.
17. What insurance coverage is available for Minor Hockey Players, Team Officials, and Volunteers?
A summary of insurance coverage provided by Hockey Canada may be found in the Hockey Canada brochure Safety Requires Teamwork.

18. 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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