During the 2017/18 hockey season KMHA piloted dual rostering for female recreation players. The intention of this pilot was to provide female players who historically played in the mixed program an opportunity to try female hockey without undermining their hockey development by moving away from the mixed program which is perceived to provide superior developmental opportunities. While KMHA and Hockey Canada disagree that playing female only hockey is detrimental to a female playerâ€™s development we recognize this perception exists.
â€œThe benefits of females playing female hockey are reflected on both the skill development and the social aspect of the game. It is important for girls to have the opportunity to interact with teammates and be leaders on their teams. The skill level of female hockey has increased dramatically and girls today have the opportunity to compete at a high level and still benefit from the social and leadership side of the game as well.â€ Manager Female Hockey Development, Hockey Canada
KMHA hoped that female players who dual rostered and had an opportunity to play with other girls would find they preferred to play with female players and would be more likely to move permanently to the female only stream.
Kamloops Minor Hockey continues to evaluate the success of the programing available to female players. We have reviewed the effects of dual rostering on the registration of female players and found that dual rostering had no measurable effect on the number of girls registered to play in the female only stream. As a result, KMHA has decide to end the practice of dual rostering for the 2018-2019 hockey season.
One of the biggest pieces of positive feedback we received about dual rostering was the fact that players that dual rostered benefited greatly from the extra ice time. Based on this feedback, KMHA has decided to run a female developmental/skills ice time on a weekly basis over the course of the 2018-2019 season.
These skill sessions will be pre-set on a specific date and time and players will be made aware of what skills will be targeted at each session prior registration for the skill sessions opening. Only those female players registered to female only teams will be eligible to register for these ice times. KMHA is currently engaging high quality/experienced coaches/trainers to facilitate these ice times. Please watch the KMHA Female page of the KMHA Website for more information about coaches, skills to be taught, times and costs for this programming.
As always, KMHA is interested in your feedback/suggestions. KMHA is also always looking for volunteers to help run all their programs - particularly in the female programâ€¦if you are interested in volunteering please be sure to contact the KMHA office.
Female hockey in the province of BC is still growing and everything is being done to grow the female game in the province. It has consistently been recommended that for the game to grow. females must be playing with and against their own gender wherever numbers permit. We believe that all girls hockey creates the best environment for girl hockey players to develop. From a social and developmental perspective same gender teams are more inclusive. The social opportunities in all girls hockey, beginning with team warm-ups, dry-land sessions, cheers, dressing room participation, social events, tournaments, and activities outside of hockey, allows for friendships to develop that extend beyond the arena. Generally, girls feel more comfortable playing with other girls, and as a result are more physical, play harder, and build more confidence versus playing with boys. They have more time with the puck, and receive and send more passes to and from girl players. The benefits of playing female hockey are reflected on both the skill development and the social aspect of the game. It is important for girls to have the opportunity to interact with teammates and be leaders on their teams.
Melody Davidson of Hockey Canada states that the best way for a young female hockey player to get scouted is to see you play in the female system and with your Program of Excellence ie) U14, U16 etc.. Hockey Canada does not have the infrastructure or staffing to scout girls playing boys hockey. For this reason it is very important for the athlete to be involved with the provincial branch program as this may be the only way we would see them play unless they are in the female stream.
The question is always asked why Team Canada plays against male teams to prepare for the season, tournaments and national competitions and the answer is very straight forward. When Team Canada bring their best players together there is no female competition in Canada that we can compete against that will challenge us. The exception is if we have enough players in camp that we can make two teams. Playing at the Minor /Female level Melody Davidson states she wouldn't discourage teams to prepare by playing at a higher caliber for a challenge but in the majority of circumstances you can find a female team that challenges your ability rather than a male team. Again the two games (male-female) are very different and the benefit of playing other female teams will have a larger impact for your team.