• BC Hockey Supports Creation of Female Minor hockey associations

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    Welcome to the capital region female minor hockey association

    A new Female Minor Hockey Association is proposed for Greater Victoria!

    The first all Female hockey association in the greater Victoria district (from Peninsula to Sooke)

    • For all girls age 5 to 20
    • Whether you are new to hockey or a veteran player
    • Recreational (House) teams at all levels
    • Competitive (Rep) teams in Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions

    Greater Victoria has a population of 357,967 and with 330 girls already playing hockey, we compare favourably with the other Female MHAs in British Columbia.

    In 2016-2017, there were 330 girls playing hockey in greater Victoria, but they were divided between six Minor Hockey Associations.

    Within the existing small MHA boundaries, it is not always possible to form a girls team. When this happens, some girls switch to playing for a boys (integrated) team at their local MHA, some transfer to play on a nearby girls team, while some will be moved up or down to play with older or younger players. The bottom line is that with girls subdivided into six MHAs, it is difficult to provide them with a consistent experience.

    More than Enough Girls!!

    Compared to the mainland regions that support Female MHA's, Victoria has a significant population of 20,435 girls between Initiation/Novice and Midget age (5-17 years) and a greater pool than 6 of the 8 established Female MHAs. There is a competitive ratio, with 1 in 62 girls playing hockey already. Only the North Shore has more girls playing now.

    Will girls transfer to a new Female MHA?

    The most recent example is Abbotsford Ice, which started in 2007-08. Based on administrative date, 84% of girls transferred to the new Association in the inaugural season and the total number of girls playing grew in the first year.


    Annual registration data from BC Hockey for the last 11 years show that all eight Female MHAs in the lower mainland are stable over time.


    A Female MHA in Victoria will not fail.

    Return on Investment

    Some years are better than others, but in the long term, all Female MHAs show a positive average annual growth rate, proving the viability and sustainability of the Female MHA model.

    The number of girls playing hockey outside the Female MHA decreases over time. In 2016-17, less than 20% of female players were playing in "integrated" MHAs if there was an active Female MHA in their community.

    Parents of young girls perceive a benefit to their girls playing with boys teams. However, when there is an active Female MHA, most girls do not continue playing with boys beyond the Atom Division.

    Over the last 10 years in regions with a Female MHA, the percentage of girls continuing to play "integrated" hockey has dropped in each Division. In Peewee it has dropped from 28% to 14% of all girls. In Bantam, it has dropped from 31 to 8%. In Midget, it has dropped from 20 to 10%.