Overview (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)


In the Novice division, the UMHA’s strong emphasis on skills development continues. The concepts of positional and team play are also reinforced, while players of like ability continue to play against each other in games.

General Framework

  • Players are evaluated according to ability at skills evaluations held at the start of the season.
  • Players are divided into three lines (A-Red, B-Blue, and C-Green) based on these skills evaluations and teams are formed by a computer program so as to be as balanced as possible.
  • Teams participate in two weekly one-hour, on-ice sessions during the season. Schedules are provided at the start of the season.
  • One of the on-ice sessions is a practice. The on-ice practices rotate between skills sessions led by the UMHA’s Initiation Program Technical Director and team practices led by the team’s coaching staff.
  • There are a number of weekly practice hours for this division and each team rotates through the time slots available. The number of teams practicing together each week is based on the number of teams in the division and the ice time available.
  • Each team plays a game once a week.
  • Games are 44 minutes in length with a 2-minute buzzer to signal shift changes. For each game, the schedule will indicate which line (A-Red, B-Blue or C-Green) starts and the line from which the goalie is to be taken.
  • There are a number of game times available for this division each week and each team rotates through the time slots available.
  • Power skating and skill development sessions may be scheduled from time to time in regular practice times at no additional cost.
  • The UMHA may also schedule extra skills sessions from time to time which players are encouraged to attend in addition to their team practices and games. These are also provided at no additional cost.

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