Here is my second post on the subject of sporting activities available for children in the Oakville, Burlington and Milton areas. All three towns offer both house league and rep options. To explain briefly, the house league system allows every child to play at a level with other players with similar skills. All you need to do to play is register with the organisation before all the spots are taken. Depending on the age group, Oakville offers up to three levels of house league ranging from kids that can barely skate up to players that can put together a very entertaining game, with teams that can compete at the lower rep level. Burlington and Milton have one league per age group.
The rep teams are travel teams and players need to try out for a spot, and it can be very competitive and disappointing for those that don’t make a team. Oakville and Burlington each have a full rep programme (the Oakville Rangers and the Burlington Eagles) with teams at AAA (top level), AA, A and AE. Milton (Milton Winterhawks) offers teams at the AA, A and AE level, with AAA caliber players joining with players from Georgetown and Orangeville to form Halton Hurricanes. Burlington has a second rep organisation (Burlington Bulldogs) that ices one team per age group at either the A or AA level.
Rep level hockey can be a huge commitment in terms of time and money. The teams practice several times a week, combined with a home and away game most weeks. Add in up to five tournaments a season with hotel and meal bills etc. plus time off work and school as most run Friday – Sunday then it adds up very quickly. It can be a lot of fun though and is a great way to meet other people.
Links to the associations are give below:
Minor Oaks Hockey Association (MOHA) – Oakville House League and Oakville Rangers
Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association (BLOMHA) – Burlington House League and Bulldogs
Although girls can (and do) play in these leagues, there are also dedicated girls leagues available in each of the three areas. Both house league and rep options are offered to girls through the Oakville Hornets, Burlington Barracudas and North Halton Girls Hockey Association.