New Player FAQ

How do I register my son/daughter?
Please refer to the registration page for specific details.
How old does my child need to be to register for this season?
Your child must be 5 by December 31st.
How will I know if my child has been accepted to play this year?
When you register, you will be informed whether your child has a confirmed spot or will be on the waitlist.  If your child is on a waiting list, you will be contacted by the AMHA registrar as soon as a spot becomes available.
What happens if there is no room for my child to play with AMHA?
It is our goal to have every child who desires to play, playing. If space does not permit your child to play for the upcoming season, the registrar will be able to offer alternate options.
What form of payment is accepted by AMHA?
AMHA accepts e-transfers.
What if my child tries hockey and decides it is not for him/her.  Is there a refund available?
Please refer to the AMHA Policy Manual for specific details regarding a refund.
When does the hockey season start?
While specific dates are still yet to be announced, you can expect Rep Tryouts to start in late August/early September.  Players in U7/U9 will generally start after September 10th.  “C” division evaluations start in early September. Please keep and eye on the website for schedules and firm dates.
Can I specify a certain coach or team that I want my child to play for?
Unfortunately, AMHA is not able to accommodate requests to play for specific coaches as this creates difficulties balancing teams.
Can I request that my child play with his friend for car-pooling purposes?
Unfortunately, AMHA is not able to accommodate requests to play with friends as this creates difficulty balancing teams. With the exception of rep, AMHA attempts to place siblings in the same division on the same team.
How will I find out my child's “C” Division schedule?
Evaluation schedules will be posted on the AMHA website. Once teams are formed,  teams will have a website with important team information including schedules.
I am moving to a new home. What address do I put on the form if we have not moved yet?
Minor Hockey requires that players play within the boundaries of where they reside.  If you expect to move before the start of the season, you may be granted a conditional approval until such time as you can provide documentation of the new residency.  If you do not plan to move until sometime into the season, you will be required to register with the association within the community you are currently living.
What is the draw zone (boundaries) for Abbotsford Minor Hockey?
You must reside within the Municipality of Abbotsford and Sumas Mountain unorganized territory with the following exception:
The Western Boundary is defined as:

  • 276th Street (#1 Freeway north to the Fraser River)
  • 280th Street (0 Avenue north to the #1 Freeway).

Players living on the west side of this boundary are required to register with Aldergrove Minor Hockey.

What type of gear will my child need?
Equipment Guide  Equipment Poster These links will lead you to a list and a poster explaining which equipment is needed.

What do the different divisions mean?
U7       5 & 6 yr olds
U9       7 & 8 yr olds
U11      9 and 10 yr olds
U13     11 and 12 yr olds
U15     13 and 14 yr olds
U18     15-17 yr olds
U21     over the age of 18.
***This means they will be the specified age by December 31st.***

What do fees cover?
Player fees pay for game and practice ice, insurance, referee fees and the use of a game jersey. A portion of the fees cover the administrative costs of the association and membership fees for PCAHA, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. Fees are also used to pay for coach development courses and for equipment such as pucks and first aid kits.

Other than registration fees, are there other fees and expenses throughout the season?
Teams may collect additional fees or fundraise to pay for tournament entry fees and other team expenses.  This will be discussed and voted on as a team at the start of the season. There will also be an association fundraiser.

My child would like to play hockey but I am not able to afford it. Is financial help available?
Yes!  Many local organizations have funding available to help cover registration fees. If you would like more details, please speak to the registrar and she will be happy to assist you.

I want to know what days my child will play. Why is it not the same every week?
Unfortunately hockey is not an activity that provides a rigid schedule each week.  Teams rotate to play other teams (including teams from Chilliwack, Mission and Hope) based on the ice available. Therefore practice times must rotate as well.

I heard there are female hockey teams, my daughter is 6. Can she play on the female team?
AMHA welcomes female players of all ages and skill levels however we are an integrated association and do not have teams strictly dedicated to female hockey.  Abbotsford Female Hockey Association is an option for parents looking for a female association.

Does my child need to know how to skate before they can register?
Players are strongly encouraged to be comfortable on the ice to enhance their hockey experience.  Brand new players in divisions U13-18 will be required to participate in a skating evaluation prior to the start of the season.

Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association

The AMHA is a Non-Profit Society Registered within the Province of British Columbia. The objective of the AMHA is to build our people of tomorrow using hockey as its vehicle.

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By Mail: P.O. Box 114
Abbotsford, BC
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