REP and AE News Bulletin, News (Glanbrook Minor Hockey Association)

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REP and AE News Bulletin
Submitted By pwiesner on Monday, March 4, 2013
The Glanbrook Minor Hockey Association’s (GMHA) main goal is to develop hockey players within this association to the highest levels possible in order to produce a centre that is competitive and fun to play for.  The GHMA can offer three levels to choose from; Representative (Rep), Alternate Entry (AE) and House League (Local League).

Q: What is a Rep Hockey?

A: The Rep Team or “Representative” Team is the highest level of hockey that can be played within the GHMA.  The Rep team is a “tryout format” in which players/parents must previously register with the GHMA to be eligible to participate.  Most “tryouts” occur prior to the summer break (late May).  The team usually consists of 11-15 players (including goalies).

Q: What is AE Hockey?

A: The AE Team or Alternate Entry is the second highest level of hockey that can be played within the GHMA.  The AE team is also a tryout format with players having to be released from the Rep Level (head coach release), prior to trying out for the AE team.  AE hockey is still considered to be a Rep hockey team, however an official alternate to the Representative Team.  To be eligible for AE tryouts you MUST be registered within the GHMA as well as having a release from the head coach of the Rep team.  Tryouts for the AE team always occur after Rep tryouts.

Q: What is the cost to play Rep and AE level hockey?

A: First and foremost there is a $75 fee for Rep tryouts.  This one time (yearly) fee covers tryouts for both Rep and AE levels.  Once a player is selected and rostered to either the Rep or AE team, there is a $175 “rep fee” that covers the cost of weekly, full ice practices.  This is above and beyond the regular registration fee. ***Note that all fees are subject to change***

As for fees above this, is dependant on fundraising goals, tournaments, etc that is initiated by the coaching staff; however it is fair to suggest that each team has a fee of approximately $400 per player that covers expenditures (goalie & power skating sessions, tournaments, team wear, etc).  Throughout the course of the year, each team usually completes sponsorship and fundraising goals, in order to minimize costs.  Although an approximate estimate, Rep and AE could cost $1000-$1200 including ALL fees.

Q: What happens if your child wants to play AE but not Rep?

A: The player has to officially be registered with the GMHA AND tryout for the Rep team before they can be considered for the AE team.  An official release has to be provided by the Rep coach in order for the player to move on to AE tryouts.  In addition, as per GHMA by-laws, a minimum count of 24 players need to be registered and tryout for a particular Rep team before there is a committment to an AE team!

Q: What is the purpose of an AE team?

A: The GMHA’s main objective is to provide the highest level of hockey for players committed to playing at that level.  AE is a level dedicated to continue a higher level of play for kids between the rep and house league level, in order to develop their skills at a higher level.

Q: Do you play less in AE than you would Rep?

A: Although AE is still considered to be a “rep” team it is a notch below official rep status.  AE teams still play the same amount of games and usually the same amount of practices that a regular rep team would.  The same level of commitment is also expected from both levels of hockey.

 

 

Hockey is always evolving and the GMHA is committed to making sure that players within this organization are keeping pace with other organizations and hockey centers in Ontario.  In order to have the best teams and field the best players, a commitment is needed by all stakeholders to ensure that this happens.

In addition, ANY GHMA Executive member would be able to answer any questions you may have about hockey at Glanbrook.

If you have any specific questions about Rep and AE hockey please do not hesitate contact the VP of OMHA at [email protected]

If you have any specific questions about Local League (House League) within Glanbrook please contact [email protected]

The GHMA constitution and bylaws are posted on the GHMA website for reference.  We are committed to ensuring that no player or parent is without knowledge of how the GHMA is operated in conjunction with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).

Thank you for your continued support and a reminder to all that registration is just around the corner!
 

Pete Wiesner

GHMA - Director of Media Relations and Communications

[email protected]


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