Development Stream (DS) (Central York Girls Hockey Association)


Development Stream 2022-2023







The House League Development Stream Program (DS) began in 2011 as a pilot project in response to requests from members of the OWHA to find a solution to bridge the gap between house league and competitive (rep) play.  The OWHA determines which programs are allowed to run and the number of practices, games and tournaments at each age level in any given season.

Who can play?

It is important to note that the DS program supplements the house league program, meaning that all DS players must be registered in house league and attend house league games and practices regularly. This may result in players having two games/practices on the same day. DS teams will not schedule games or practices that conflict with the house league schedule.

How can players try out?

All divisions will have open try-outs run by on-ice instructors.  Player cuts will be made such that teams will have a maximum of 17 rostered players (2 goalies and 15 skaters).   There are spots for alternates to practice with the team and play when rostered players are absent.   Tryout dates, locations and times will be posted. Players will be selected based on skills and abilities shown during the tryout process.

How many games and practices will there be?  

TBA for 2022-2023.

The OWHA has stipulated that DS teams can play a maximum of 8 exhibition (4 home, 4 away) games against other DS teams and enter a maximum of 3 tournaments (U13/15/18 only).  The three tentative tournaments are:  Durham West (Feb 18-20), Leaside (Mar 11-13), Brampton (Apr 15-17).

U11, U13 and U15 DS teams will have ice assigned, mostly in Bradford, on Sunday afternoons for practices and home games.  Each team will get at least 10 practices.

U18 DS team will have some weeknights and some Saturday night ice assigned for games and practices.  U18 will get at least 5 practices.

DS teams will also have the opportunity to invite a CYGHA PHP (Panther High Performance) coach to run one or two of their practices as well as invitations to Saturday morning skills sessions at SAC.

How much travel will be involved?  

This will depend on what other associations will be skating DS teams. We anticipate that associations such as Barrie, Leaside, Durham West, Markham, Whitby and Etobicoke will have teams.

How much will it cost?  

Once teams are selected, a registration link will be sent to selected players.  Costs are based on ice times, tournaments, team registration fees, referees and timekeepers.  Jerseys are returned at the end of the season and the socks are yours to keep.

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