General Information (Dorchester Minor Hockey Association)

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2023-2024 Season Coming early April, 2023
       


Welcome to the Dorchester Minor Hockey Association, home of the Dorchester Dragons.

  • In a motion approved at the 2022 OMHA Annual General Meeting, to accept the outlines determined by the Category Review Committee for the 2023-2024 season, Dorchester Minor Hockey has been recategorized to the base category “A”, beginning for the 2023-2024 season.

  • Tryouts for the rep/A teams will take place in the spring for ages U10-U16. Tryouts will run from May 7th-May 15th, 2023. U9 (pending league decisions) and U18 rep team tryouts will take place in the Fall. 

  • If the registration numbers between 2016 and 2015 born players allow, and pending league decisions, there will be 2 U9MD teams again for the 2023-2024 season. 

  • U5, U6, U7, and U9 programming and Local League programming will not be impacted by this category change (combined age groups will continue to exist for U9-U18).

  • If future DMHA registration increases, it may necessitate second entry representative teams. In such a scenario, the second entry team(s) would be considered “BB” and would be formed with minor or major aged players (similar to how our teams were formed for the 2022-2023 season).

  •  Rep registration is open from April 1– April 30

  • Local League registration is open from April 1- June 30

  • STAGGERED PAYMENTS: An initial deposit of 30% will be due immediately.  The remaining balance will be equally separated into 2 equal instalments processed automatically to the provided credit card used at the time of registration.

  • Late fee of $100 for all registrations July 1 to August 15

  • No Late registrations passed August 15. Some groups may be closed sooner depending on numbers. 

  • Goalie registration is $100 less than player register in that division. 

  • The yellow ticket fundraiser price ($100) is automatically included on top of each registration fee, however a discount will be applied at checkout and you will only be charged for one if registering more than one player.

  • Bond cheques will not be collected from any ROSTERED bench staff  (Head Coach, Assistant Coach x 2, Trainer, Team Manager), Executive members, Committee chairs or Operational staff who support individual roles. *Please see our policies and procedures for a complete list.
 

GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION

The registration portal can be accessed through the link under the "Registration" tab on the DMHA website.  New players will need to create an account in order to begin the registration process.

After creating an account, a verification code will be emailed to you to continue the process. Please check your junk mail in case it goes there. 

All new players to minor hockey are required to upload their birth certificate and proof of residency (photo of a parent's driver's license or utility bill that matches the registration address) to their profile. The system will allow you to complete the registration process without this but you will not be approved by OMHA until it is there.
 

Registration is on a first come, first served basis so it is important to register as soon as possible.   If a category limit is reached, registrants may be placed on a waiting list pending DMHA's review of registration numbers in each category.

 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES

Registration for the 2023-2024 minor hockey season will be available online through the DMHA website.  In order to plan for the upcoming minor hockey season, it is important to complete the registration process in a timely way.  The following dates will be strictly observed.  PLEASE REGISTER EARLY TO ENSURE A SPOT AND TO AVOID LATE FEES!

 

April 1 – April 30

Rep Registration will be available 24/7 through the online link posted on the DMHA website.  Payment by Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

April 1 – June 30

Local League Registration will be available 24/7 through the online link posted on the DMHA website.  Payment by Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.


Registration received on July 1 or later- a late fee of $100 will apply.

There will be no registration past 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 15.

STAGGERED PAYMENTS: An initial deposit of 30% will be due immediately.  The remaining balance will be equally separated into 2 instalments processed automatically to the credit card used at the time of registration. These dates, as well as final costs are yet to be determined, but will not exceed the total cost shown in the below chart.

REGISTRATION FEES

Below are the age categories and fees for registration:

Division

Age Dec 31/23

Birth Year

League Fees

Tryout Fees

Tryout Fees at Door

Rep Fees

U5

4

2019

$400

-

-

-

U6

5

2018

$400

-

-

-

U7

6

2017

$475

-

-

-

U9

7,8

2015,2016

$650

$75

$100

$245

U10

9

2014

$700

$75

$100

$450

U11

10

2013

$700

$75

$100

$450

U12

11

2012

$700

$75

$100

$450

U13

12

2011

$700

$75

$100

$450

U14

13

2010

$750

$75

$100

$450

U15

14

2009

$750

$75

$100

$450

U16

15

2008

$750

$75

$100

$450

U18

16, 17

2007,2006

$750

$75

$100

$450



 



















*U18LL is birth years 2008, 2007, 2006

Base Registration Fees cover the following expenses:

-Ice time
-Referee costs
-Timekeeper costs
-Insurance
-OMHA and Hockey Canada fees
-League fees
-
Equipment (jerseys (local league only), pucks, practice items, etc.)
-Administration (website, gamesheet app)
-Home and Away Socks (new sublimated socks beginning 2023-2024)


ADDITIONAL FEES


Rep Team Tryout Fee

Players wishing to tryout for a DMHA Rep/A team can register and select the $75 tryout fee during the online registration process.  If that option is not selected, a $100 cash tryout fee must be paid at the first tryout date before the player will be allowed to participate in the tryout process. Tryout dates/times will be announced on the DMHA website as they are scheduled. 

The tryout fee permits an eligible player to tryout for the Rep/A team in his/her age category.  Each player may skate in a minimum of 3 of the first tryout sessions before being eligible for release from that team. Please note that tryout fees are non-refundable after the player joins the first tryout session.

Non-Resident Player (NRP)

Dorchester Minor Hockey Association (DMHA) will accept Non-Resident Players (including goalies) at the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 or U18 divisions wishing to try out for DMHA teams with an OMHA ‘A’ classification, as per OMHA regulations. A player at the U10 or U11 age/division is not eligible for a NRP passport.

 

Players are required to have an OMHA approved Non-Resident Player (NRP) passport and submit a birth certificate copy to attend tryouts. To obtain a NRP passport, players/parents should contact their home centre OMHA representative. Players seeking a NRP passport must first be registered with their home centre.

 

Non-Resident Player Selection will be at the head coach’s discretion.

 

Non-Resident Players (NRP's) wishing to try out for any DMHA Rep/A team (U12-U18) must:

1) Register with their home association and obtain an NRP Passport.

2) Register for tryouts with DMHA by completing the NRP Registration Form.

3) Pay the tryout fee; $75 by April 30 by e-transfer ([email protected]), or $100 at-the-door in cash. Please include player name and birth year with e-transfer. 

 

If you have any questions regarding NRP's please contract Jen at 519-871-0012 or [email protected] 

 

Volunteer Bond Fee

Team managers will collect volunteer bond cheques from families assigned to their team by October 1.  The volunteer bond cheque must be made payable to DMHA in the amount of $300 per family and must be post-dated for March 31, 2024. Families are responsible for completing authorized bond assignments (1 per player, up to 2 per family with multiple players) and reporting the completed duties to their team manager in order to avoid payment of the bond. 

Head coach, assistant coach, trainer and manager positions fulfill the full family bond.

Bond cheques are not required from rostered bench staff (limited to Head Coach, Assistant Coach (x2), Trainer and Team Manager), Executive members, Past 3 year executive member, coach selection committee members,  committee chairs (excluding fundraising committee members), and operational staff in an independent role.  (See our policies and procedures for a full listing of operational staff).

A full list of bond opportunities will be available through the DMHA website and team managers.   Bond opportunities will generally require at least four (4) hours of volunteer work per player, to at least eight (8) hours for a family with multiple players.  This compares very favourably to other associations, who often require 10 hours or more. 

Bond opportunities will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Most, if not all, of the opportunities will be available during the summer and early stages of the season.  There is no guarantee that bond opportunities will be made available later in the season. General bond sign-up opportunities will be made available through the DMHA website.

 

Bond OPT Out

We appreciate that families are busy and volunteering may not always be a feasible option.  As a result, we have created an option were families can pay $200 in lieu of volunteering. During the online registration process simply select “bond opt out” which will add the fee to your cart. Please note that the “opt out” option is only available during the registration process.  “Bond opt out” is non-refundable unless approved by the DMHA Executive under special circumstances.  Team managers will be provided a list of families who have chosen to opt out.   

 

Fundraising Fee

Registration fees alone are insufficient to cover the costs of operating the DMHA hockey programs.  Accordingly, each family is required to pay a mandatory fundraising fee in the amount of $100.  In exchange, the family will be given a book of raffle tickets by their team manager at the start of the season.  Each family may sell the tickets, in which case any funds collected from the sales may be retained by the family to offset the fundraising fee paid at registration.  Ticket stubs (whether sold or submitted by the family) must be returned to the DMHA box at the arena by no later than October 31 to be included in the first draw.  Weekly draws will be held from November until January.  The winners will be contacted by DMHA and their names will be posted on the DMHA website in January.  Further details will be available through your team manager.  The “fundraising fee” is non-refundable.


Rep Fee

Players who are selected for and rostered on a Rep/A team are charged a fee to supplement the cost of additional ice received by the team. This fee will also cover the cost of player's custom jersey with number choice and name. At the U9 age, there will be no custom jerseys, which is reflected in the lower rep fee cost. 
This fee will be collected beginning September 1.  Rep fees will need to be purchased using the online registration system (HCR 3.0/Spordle Account). Parents of players selected to a rep team shall access the registration system and "register" for their child's designated Rep Fee.


Team Fee

Players may be asked to pay a "TEAM FEE" to the player's team to cover additional costs that will be incurred by the team during the season.  Team fees are set, collected and managed by individual teams/coaches, and are separate from and in addition to the rep fee payable to DMHA.

 

Body Checking Clinic

DMHA will host a body checking clinic before the season starts. The date is May 3, 2023. The focus of the clinic is to teach body checking skills to players who will tryout/play for U14 - U18 rep teams for the first time or those players who wish a refresher.  Attendance is required for first year U14 players.  The fee associated with this clinic is $50 per player and may be paid during the online registration process.  Alternatively, the fee will be collected by a representative at the start of the clinic.

DMHA Refund Policy

The executive and/or its designate will consider refunds on an individual basis upon receiving a written request through the “Request for a Refund” form by the player and the player’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to withdraw from hockey through DMHA. Upon submission of the form on the DMHA website the request will be reviewed by the DMHA Registrar and Treasurer. All refunds will be issued through the Hockey Canada Registration portal to the credit card that was used for the initial registration, less any administration fees as outlined below. Refunds may take up to two weeks to be processed. 

Refund requests received prior to August 31st of the year of registration will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee. Refunds less an administration fee of $100.00 may be given for requests received between September 1st and September 30th. A refund of 50% may be given to registrants whose requests to withdraw their registration are received between October 1st and November 15th. No refunds will be given after November 15th. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the DMHA Executive in the event of, for example, major injury, serious illness, moving, etc. Each request will be reviewed, and a decision rendered on a non-precedential individual basis. Subject to the foregoing, refunds will include registration and representative (where applicable) fees, and the destruction or return of the volunteer bond cheque. Tryout fees are refundable only if the refund is requested before the player participates in a tryout or before the tryouts for his/her division are started, whichever comes first. Any fundraising fee paid is refundable before yellow tickets are issued. Thereafter, the fundraising fee is non-refundable and families may still sell or use the tickets issued. Late registration fees will not be refunded. 


Financial Assistance

If your family requires financial support, please explore the following programs:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant
Hockey Canada Assist Fund
Kidsport Ontario
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