Frequently Asked Questions
1. How old does each participant have to be to play?
We have numerous age groups set up for anyone 17 years old and under
2. What equipment does each participant need to play?
The LMBHA requires all participants to wear a CSA approved helmet with a full cage/shield, hockey style gloves, shin pads, athletic support and an ice hockey stick. Click here for more details.
3. What days of the week and time are the games played?
The games will predominately be played on Sunday with a few Saturday and weekday games sprinkled throughout.
While we cannot guarantee exact start times until the schedule is made, this is what we will be aiming for Weekend Games:
Squirt Division: Start times of around 9 AM
Tyke Division: Mid to late morning
Novice Division: Late morning to early afternoon
Atom Division: Early afternoon
Peewee Division: Mid to late afternoon
Super Division (inclusive of Bantam and Junior): Mid to late afternoon
Any games that will be played during the week will start early evening (around 6 PM) with the latest start time being around 8 PM. Like the weekend games, if multiple divisions are playing on the same evening, it will go from youngest (starting earlier) to oldest (starting later).
Please note that this is just an estimate of start times and we will try our best to stick to these times however we cannot set it in stone until after registration has been completed, teams have been compiled and the schedule has been created. If you have any further questions regarding this, please feel free to contact us and we'll try to help you out as much as well can.
4. My son or daughter has never played hockey before. Is this OK?
We accept participants with all skill levels. That's why ball hockey is so great. You don't have to know how to skate and its a great way to learn the general game of hockey.
5. Do you offer divisions specifically for females?
Currently we are a co-ed league. However if in the future there is enough demand, we will be happy to have a girls specific division.
6. Are the games played outside?
No, all games are played indoors at one of London's hockey arenas after the ice has been removed.
7. My son/daughter wants to play goalie, do they need special equipment?
The LMBHA does have equipment available on a per game basis for children 11 and under. We ask that children 12 and older supply their own equipment. The reason for this is, obviously children start to grow at sometimes extreme rates and to keep costs down we cant afford to outfit every goalie in the league. We hope this is understood. If this is the case, a CSA approved helmet with cage, athletic support, chest protection, leg pads and pants along with a catch glove and blocker are recommended. A stick is also required.
8. Do you play with pucks?
No, the LMBHA uses an orange ball hockey ball.
9. I am interested in coaching my son or daughter. Is this possible?
Absolutely! The LMBHA is always seeking volunteer coaches along with paid time keepers and referees. If you interested please feel free to contact us.
10. I am a business owner and I would like to sponsor in some form.
Great! The LMBHA is actively seeking sponsors. We have packages starting at $300 but for more information contact us.
11. Where are the games played?
Starting in the 2016 Season, weekend games will predominantly be played at Carling Area. Games during the week may be played at Farquahrson Arena still however this will be confirmed at the start of the season.
12. When does the season start?
The season will start late April, early May. This depends on when the City gets the ice out of the arenas and gives us the go ahead for use.
13. Does the London Minor Ball Hockey Association offer a Men's or Women's league?
The LMBHA does not run an adult league directly however there is an adult league run by Rick Price (London Ball Hockey Association). If you are 18 and older and are interested in playing, Rick can be reached at 519-777-4519 for more details.
14. When will we hear who is on what team?
The players will be broken up into teams after the annual evaluation dates. These teams will then be posted online once it is completed and confirmed. You should typically see these teams appear on the site a week or so after the evaluations are completed. Please keep an eye on the site, Facebook or Twitter for when the teams are posted.
15. How are the teams created?
Each April, an evaluation session will be completed for each division. All participants are strongly encouraged on attending to ensure that they are evaluated properly. These go a long way to try and keep a balanced and FUN atmosphere. The Participants are graded in the following five categories: Shooting, Passing, Stick handling, Agility and Team Play. Each category is assigned a score and these scores are then averaged and a value assigned. The coaches for each team will then meet after the evaluations in order to pick the teams. Each coach is given two automatic choices. One being their own child / relative and one other (friend request if the child / participant has one). An order is then created based off the values given for the coaches guaranteed players and will continue until all players are assigned.
We will be adding more to the FAQ as questions arise but feel free to contact us at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have.