What is Ball Hockey?
Ball hockey is the ultimate spring sport for any hockey fan. It brings the excitement of the sport of hockey to our arenas in the springtime. The game is played on the cement surface once the ice has been taken out of rinks. The rules are generally the same as per Ice Hockey, with a few exceptions.
How long has Metro Minor Ball Hockey been around?
The league has been around since 1998, with interest growing rapidly over the past couple of years. Metro Minor Ball Hockey Association has affiliation with both the West Coast Minor Ball Hockey Association and the Canadian Ball Hockey Association.
Who can play?
The league is co-ed, so both boys and girls (5 to 19) can play. Registration is open to players from New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver and Coquitlam.
What are the divisions?
For the 2019 season, the players are divided between the following divisions based on their birth years:
- Junior – 2000, 2001, 2002
- Major – 2003, 2004
- Minor – 2005, 2006
- PeeWee – 2007, 2008
- Pup – 2009, 2010
- Peanut – 2011, 2012
- Tyke – 2013
How long is the season?
The season runs from mid March until June, with extended time for those teams that make the Provincials. Games are held during the week and the weekends. Typically there are usually two games per week. Although many coaches try to practice once a week, due to a lack of floor time availability, it is often more sporadic.
Do we have to travel to any other sites to play?
Yes. Our association home games are played mainly at rinks in Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver. However the association interlocks play with Valley Ball Hockey, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Richmond, and Delta, which would require travel to their rinks.
Are the parents required to do any volunteer time?
The association is purely run on volunteers; therefore, it is important for parents to offer their time, as the association is continually looking for volunteers to assist in various capacities.
How do I register?
Metro Minor Ball Hockey is doing online registration this year. Please click on the link below to start registration. The number of teams and players accepted, depends upon the number of volunteers we have to coach at each division. Register early to avoid disappointment.
What equipment is required?
- Hockey stick
- Must be a real hockey stick, plastic sticks are not allowed
- Should be cut to about chin height
- Must be taped at the top to prevent the stick going through a helmet cage
- C.S.A. approved helmet with full cage/shield.
- Protective cup for boys; Jill for girls
- Hockey gloves
- Shin pads (if using soccer shin pads they must be covered with socks)
- Goalies wear full gear (with C.S.A. approved helmet). Goalie equipment is provided by the league
- Elbow pads (soft, like Volley Ball style)
- Knee pads (soft, like Volley Ball style)
The league will provide jerseys for the season. A damage deposit of $100 is required, which will be returned to the player when the jerseys are returned undamaged.
My child wants to play goal, do we need to provide goalie equipment?
No. The league provides goalie equipment; however, the player has to provide his/her own CSA approved goalie facemask or helmet with full cage.
When are games played?
Each division is a little different. The league makes every effort to schedule games at times that are suitable for each age group.
Games are held during the week, and the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). There are typically two games per week, but there can be more scheduled on some weeks.
Where are games played?
See the link of rink locations here.