WELCOME TO MINOR HOCKEY & TO SMHA!
FAQ about starting minor hockey with SMHA:
What age groups does the SMHA offer programs for?
The SMHA offers programs for boys and girls age 5 through 17. Timbits U7 is for 5 & 6 year old's; Timbits U9 is for 7 & 8 year old's; McDonald's atoMc U11 is for 9 & 10 year old's; U13 is for 11 & 12 year old's; U15 is for 13 & 14 year old's; U18 is for 15-17 year old's. Hockey registration is based on the calendar year for birth years. Example: a player born in January 2010 is considered the same "hockey age" as a player born in December of 2010.
What is a SMHA “Zone”?
The SMHA divides the City of Saskatoon into six geographic zones, one city-wide female hockey zone (Saskatoon Comets) and one city-wide AA Hockey Program (Saskatoon AA Hockey). Depending on where you live, you will play in one of the following zones: Aces (southwest), Renegades (northwest), Bobcats (southcentral), Flyers (southeast), Redwings (northeast) or the Wild (northeast). SMHA also offers a city-wide AA Hockey program - Saskatoon AA Hockey - for the U13, U15 and U18 age groups.
To find out what zone you are part of please click here.
How much does it cost to register for Saskatoon minor hockey?
The annual registration fee to your zone can range from $550 to $1550 depending on the age group and level of the player in question. This fee covers all tryout and pre-season ice times, league games, practices, provincial playoff games (if applicable), league playoff game (U13 and older), referee fees, Hockey Canada insurance, SHA and Hockey Canada Registration fees.
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Cost of Minor Hockey
When does registration for hockey take place?
Each zone conducts its main registration on-line through the zone website between June 1- June 30 of each year. There is not fall registration.
Can I register past the regular registration date deadline of June 30th?
Yes, a late registration period will be established each year to register on-line with your home zone. Note that the registration fee may be higher if registering late. While all efforts will be made to do so, there is no guarantee that those who register late will be able to be placed in their home zone.
My son or daughter has never played ice hockey before. Is it ok to register them in an older age group than U7?
Yes, for sure! SMHA offers four levels of play in each of U9, U11, U13 and U15 hockey -there is a place for all abilities and experience levels. It is recommended that the new player has some skating experience if looking to start out in U11, U13 or U15.
Note: any new players to minor hockey that start in U15 or U18 must play in a no body checking league for their first year of hockey for safety reasons.
Does my child have to play hockey with body checking?
No, the SMHA offers excellent No Body Checking leagues for players in U15 & U18 hockey. A player may play hockey with no body checking from age 5 through age 17 if they wish to.
NOTE: Per Hockey Canada, Body checking begins at the U15 age group in minor hockey (age 13 and 14). There is no body checking in female hockey at any age.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association office by calling (306) 244-1363 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
After you have paid your son or daughter's minor hockey registration fees, what else do I need to know about becoming a minor hockey parent?
Beyond the Registration Fees -Expectations of Hockey Families