It’s time for Sooke’s young hockey players to sharpen their skills and skates for the upcoming fall season.
Registration has begun for Sooke Minor Hockey, with the final date of in-person registration being tonight from 6-8 p.m. at SEAPARC. The first date was last Saturday.
There is a $50 option for prospective players who would prefer to test the waters for a month before committing to a season.
After the month, the young player can either put the $50 toward registration fees or decide not to continue.
Players who wish to be on a development team — a level with more serious and competitive play — must register by tonight, as each player must try out for division.
Exhibition games will be played at the beginning of the season to tier each team, in each age category to a similar level of play, ensuring all kids have a fun, yet broadening experience on the ice.
Registration for other house teams will be open until the beginning of the season in September, but according to Tara Mowat, media representative for Sooke Minor Hockey, entry onto teams is on a space available basis.
Mowat said the sooner kids register, the greater the likelihood they will be admitted onto a team, although no one has been turned away in the past.
As the mother of a long-time Sooke Minor Hockey player, Mowat said kids learn about camaraderie, responsibility and discipline.
“When they get older, they’re able to help out with the younger kids, which is always great because it gives them a little responsibility,” she said. “Team sports is such an important thing for them because it keeps them very focused and out of trouble.”
Registration fees for players are:
Novice one (born 2006-2007) $320.
Novice two (born 2004-2005) $420.
Atom (born 2002-2003) $540.
Peewee (born 2002-2001) $540.
Bantam (born 1998-1999) $570.
Midget (born 1995-1997) $580.
Other fees include equipment and tournaments. Fundraising is usually done to help cover costs of out-of-town tournaments.
Proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or passport will be required to register.
For more information or to register online, go to: www.sookeminorhockey.ca