Preparation Program Announcement, News (Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey)

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Preparation Program Announcement
Submitted By Stephen Ballard on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Hello SSMHA families – further to last week’s announcement regarding SSMHA’s Preparation Program starting September 7th, please read this communication carefully as it explains how the Preparation Program will work, the schedule and the general expectations to ensure we have a successful Return to Hockey. 

What you need to know:

1. The Preparation Program is phase 1 of SSMHA’ s Return to Hockey Program. It is not tryouts/evaluations.  Rather, the Preparation Program is designed to get our SSMHA Hockey Players back on the ice, put them through a standard set of divisional appropriate drills, and get our players ready for a successful season regardless of what level of competition they may play.

2. A reminder that the Preparation Program is for U8 and older.  The U7 program will start in October.

3. Based on registration numbers and ice time availability, we are pleased to be able to offer each player 2 x 50min ice times/week for a total of 3 weeks (6 ice times in total).

4. The Preparation Program is not mandatory.  If you can’t make it, no worries. This is designed to get our SSMHA players back on the ice and to help them with their Return to Hockey. 

5. The Schedule is THE SCHEDULE!  SSMHA, in partnership with the Town of Saugeen Shores, has to manage facility capacity, and we have a restriction on the number of players/coaches that are permitted on the ice at any one time.  Please follow it, please don’t try to switch, and please don’t go to additional sessions. We recognize the schedule might not be perfect for everyone, but please respect it.  Failure to comply with the schedule may result in a player being removed from the Preparation Program

6.  Divisional Groups/Ice times have been determined based on LAST NAME. Therefore, everyone is responsible to determine what Division/Group they are in based on the chart below, and to closely follow the SCHEDULE on the SSMHA WEBSITE which will be posted shortly.

7.  The Preparation Program will conclude on September 26th – at which point SSMHA will move to Phase 2 of our Return to Hockey Plan, and tryout dates will be communicated.

Divisional Groups 

 Division  Girls   Boys
 U8  N/A Group  1 (Last Names starting with A-M) 
Group 2 (Last Names starting with N-Z)
Group  1 (Last Names starting with A-L)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with M-Z)

Group  1 (Last Names starting with A-K)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with L-Z)
 U11 Group  1  (All U11 Girls are in Group 1)

Group 1 (Last Names starting with A-D)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with E-M)
Group 3 (Last Names starting with N-Z)

 U13 Group  1  (All U13 Girls are in Group 1)

Group  1  (Last Names starting with A-K)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with L-Z)


Group  1  (All U15 Girls are in Group 1)


Group  1  (Last Names starting with A-G)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with H-M)
Group 3 (Last Names starting with N-Z)


Group  1  (All U18 Girls are in Group 1)

Group  1  (Last Names starting with A-K)
Group 2 (Last Names starting with L-Z)


Goalies! All players who have registered as a Goalie are invited to a special Goalie Development Session (on-ice) with Rich Harris on Tuesday September 7 @ 7:00pm. Further communication about additional sessions will be communicated directly by Rich Harris following the first session on September 7th  

Special Notes:

Players with hyphenated last names, please use First Letter in First Last Name to determine your group.     

Goalies are permitted to skate in their Divisional Group (based on Last Name) AND participate in the Goalie Development sessions (good goaltending is key to strong Association!!) ·       

On-ice helpers have been pre-scheduled by our Divisional Captains. Unless you have been pre-contacted, please do not plan to come on the ice with your child (our numbers are tight so we have to manage this carefully)

Questions? If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact Scott Clark, Director of the Development Committee at           [email protected]
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