To Parents of EGHA Atom and Peewee Players,
For this upcoming season, Edmonton Girls Hockey Association (EGHA) will be participating in Female only tiers within Edmonton Federation Hockey League (EFHL). This is already occurring in Bantam and Midget, but will be a change to Atom and Peewee from the previous season.
The top tiered players from EGHA (as well as Sherwood Park and St. Albert) will be placed on teams that will continue to participate in the co-ed stream within EFHL.
All other female only teams in Atom and Peewee will participate in the Capital Region all Female EFHL categories. Where more than one team is being entered by the Club, District, Operating Area or Interlock, these teams will be equally balanced.
Sherwood Park, St. Albert, EGHA, Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan have already committed teams to the Atom and Peewee categories. Drayton Valley has confirmed one peewee team, and further interest has been received from teams in Camrose and Wetaskiwin, although these teams have not yet confirmed.
Further questions about this change in programming can be directed to April MacKinnon, EGHA President at firstname.lastname@example.org or James Wilson, EFHL Female Chair at email@example.com
Wishing everyone an exciting 2018-2019 Season,
President, Edmonton Girls Hockey Association
Questions and Answers:
How many teams will be in the co-ed EFHL categories, and how many teams will be in the female only categories?
Currently, suggested numbers in the Atom and Peewee Categories look like this:
Assoc EFHL Female
SPMHA 1 2
SAMHA 1 1
EGHA 2 3
Leduc 0 1
Fort Sask 0 1
SPMHA 1 2
SAMHA 1 2
EGHA 2 3
Leduc 0 1
Fort Sask 0 1
Drayton Valley 0 1
Since there are no requirements for seeding in the female categories, Hockey Edmonton will provide a season long schedule for these two divisions and categories providing the same number of games and practices as Atom and Peewee EFHL teams.
How will my daughter be tiered? Will she be playing on a team that participates in the co-ed EFHL categories, or will she be on a team that will play in the female only category?
EGHA will evaluate players following the same process used last season. Players who tier to the top teams will be placed on teams that will participate in the co-ed categories, while players who tier in the lower portion of scores will be placed on teams that will participate in the female only categories.
Can my daughter choose to opt-in to the female only category?
All players will have the option to choose to play for the female only category, but will not have the option to select the co-ed category, as players must tier in the top portion of scores to be placed on a team that will participate it the co-ed categories.
Will the female only category teams still have the same amount of games and practices as the teams that play in the co-ed categories?
Yes, the female only category teams will be assigned the same amount of games and practices as all other atom and peewee teams in the EFHL.
If teams from Drayton Valley, Camrose and Wetaskiwin join the female only categories, will this mean more travel for our teams?
Yes, our teams will travel more than they are travelling in the co-ed categories. However, 50% of the games played will be home (within Edmonton); having St. Albert and Sherwood Park in the categories will add more games within the capital region. It will be a small portion of games played outside of the capital region.
Will we play games outside of the capital region during the week?
No, any games played outside of the capital region would be scheduled on weekends.
Will our schedule change at the end of each round as they do in the co-ed categories?
No, teams in the Female only categories will be given a full season schedule. This will allow families to plan for travel if required.
How many EGHA teams will be in the female only categories, and how many will bein the in the co-ed categories?
This will be based on registration numbers, how many teams we can create, and how players tier in their evaluations.