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Panthers House League - Top 10 Most Asked Questions

My daughter hasn’t played hockey before. Is that ok?

Girls join our league with a wide variety of backgrounds at all ages. They come from boys hockey, ringette, figure skating and no skating experience at all.  House League welcomes all girls.  We offer free development sessions throughout the year that include power skating and goalie clinics to develop skills at all levels for house league players.

How do I register and what are the fees?

We offer 2 convenient ways to register for hockey.  Watch for registration opening.

1.    Online Registration – full payment by credit card

2.    Download Registration Form  - mail or drop off in the “Panther” drop-box located in the lobby of the Aurora Community Center.  Fees must be paid in full by cheque  or in 3 installments by cheque.

A copy of the player's birth certificate is required as proof of age if she is new to Girls Hockey.

To encourage early registration we offer Early Bird discounts. We are excited to announce that entry into our CYGHA Panther Pride Annual House League Tournament (November) is included in the fee this season for Panther Cubs through Midget.

The fees for the 2020/2021 season are:

Division Born in until June 15 until July 31 Aug. 1 on
U7 (Initiation)
Panther Cubs
2014 - 2015 - 2016 $TBD $TBD $TBD
U9 (Novice) 2012-2013 $TBD $TBD $TBD
U11 (Atom) 2010-2011 $TBD $TBD $TBD
U13 (Peewee) 2008-2009 $TBD $TBD $TBD
U15 (Bantam) 2006-2007 $TBD $TBD $TBD
U18 (Midget) 2003-04-05 $TBD $TBD $TBD
Senior 2002 or earlier $TBD $TBD $TBD

The fee covers ice time, jerseys, socks, insurance, referees, a team and individual picture, development clinics, a year end banquet, trophy, Panther Pride HL tournament : U9 (Novice) to U18 (Midget).

What is the Refund Policy?

A refund request form must be submitted to the CYGHA office in order to obtain a refund. See refund schedule below:

Refund Schedule

Withdrawal before Opening Weekend

Full refund less $50

Withdrawal before and including October 31

Full refund less $100

Withdrawal after October 31

Subject to Executive Review

What equipment does my daughter need?

We provide jersey and socks


  • CSA approved helmet with full face cage or shield
  • Neck Guard (BNQ certified)
  • Mouth guard(optional, strongly recommended)
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Guards
  • Jill
  • Garter Belt/Shorts with Velcro (to hold up socks)
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shin Guards
  • Skates
  • Gloves
  • Stick


  • Hockey Bag 
  • Stick tape
  • Sock tape
  • Pony tail elastics or head scarf
  • Light long sleeved t shirt and pants to wear underneath equipment

How long is the season?

The season starts in September and ends at the end of March. The season culminates with a championship day with all players involved. A banquet follows the championship games the next day for Novice through Bantam divisions.

When and where are the games and practices?

We play in Newmarket (Magna Centre, RJ Twinney, Hollingsworth, National Training Rinks) and Aurora (SARC, AFLC). 

Games and practices will be held on Saturdays and  Sundays with the exception of the Midget division.

How do you place girls on a team?

We hold evaluations the first couple of weekends of the season. All registered girls will skate, participate in a series of appropriate drills and play in a scrimmage. They will be rated by the division coaches. This information is combined with ratings from the previous season, if applicable. Each division holds a draft to form teams. We strive to build equally skilled teams from the start of the year. Once teams are formed, there is no player movement. 

Can my daughter play with her friend?
As a rule, the Association is not obligated to meet any player requests and takes these under advisement when submitted.

Can my daughter play in a different division?

Requests for under age players to “play up”  in an older division are discouraged at the House League level as the Association believes that girls should be socializing with their own age groups. The following conditions would need to be met in order for any request to play up being considered:

·Registration numbers of the age appropriate division not being adversely impacted. 

·Competitive balance of the age appropriate division not being adversely impacted. 

·The skill level of the requesting player is rated as 7 or above and verified by the Convenor. 

·The requesting player is in their senior year of their age appropriate division and is deemed to have the emotional and/or physical maturity to play at the older age level. 

·Request to play up has been received by the CYGHA prior to August 1st for the upcoming season

The Convenor of the age appropriate division has full authority to deny requests to play up even if all conditions have been met. If that Convenor decides to support the application, they will discuss the request with the Convenor from the older age division. If approved at the Convenor level, the request will be forwarded to the Vice President, House League who will make the final decision. 

Note:  The VP of House league also reserves the right to approve playing up requests that are deemed to be in the best interests of the Association. 

Do the teams go to tournaments?

All teams participate in our annual House League Tournament held each November in Newmarket. Over 70 teams from throughout Ontario participate. It is typical for teams from Novice to Midget to go to 1 additional tournament per season. This is decided by each team. Tournaments are often a highlight in the season for the girls.

How can I help?

We need almost 200 volunteers to run the house league. Coaches, assistant coaches and female trainers are required for each house league team. Each division requires volunteers to assist with coordination, communication, game sheets and statistics. We strongly encourage women to assist as bench staff. No experience is necessary. It is mandatory for all volunteers to have volunteer screening from the York Central Police or your local police department and Respect in Sport certification if a volunteer will be interacting with the girls on a regular basis. Trainers must be certified and take a course offered online through the OWHA for which they will be reimbursed.

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