An Explanantion of "Bantam Hockey"
"Bantam Hockey" is what comes after the Pee Wee level. For some players its merely a continuation of youth hockey but for many its used as a bridge to High School hockey.
Please note - There is no "House League" for Bantam players. If your child played Pee Wee House League this past season, and was born in 2003, the program available is Bantam Hockey.
Bantam Hockey has two seasons -
Fall Season - Late August to Mid November
Mid Season - Mid November to Mid March
These are two distinct seasons with new teams formed.
Fall Season -
Try outs for the 2016 "Fall Season" will be held in the spring of 2016 in late March and early April.
WJHA will make as many Bantam teams as the number of players allows. The last few years have yielded 3 teams in the "Fall Season", but this number will not be known until the try outs are held.
In Bantam Hockey there are no players that are beyond 9th graders. For many of the players this 'Fall Season" will be their "tune up" for trying out for a High School hockey team in mid November.
Mid Season -
Try outs for the 2016 - 2017 "Mid Season" will be held in Mid November of 2016. The reason new try outs are held is because players are lost due to making High School teams. "What if my child makes his High School team? Is he done with Bantam hockey?". Not necessarily - that is a question each parent in that situation must answer. The reality is for most freshman, playing time on a High School team will be very limited, because of this many players will opt to play both Bantam hockey and on their High School team for their freshman year.
Players get two practice sheets per week and and a game per week.
The teams play in the Southern New England Hockey Conference
To visit the SNEHC Click Here.