U11- Convenor Message 2023/24 Season

U11- Convenor Message 2023/24 Season
U11- Convenor Message 2023/24 Season 2023-08-31T12:12:22+00:00

 WELCOME to the 2023/24 Season


Welcome to the 2023-2024 KMHA Hockey season.  My name is Rob MacGregor, I have been involved with KMHA since 2012.  I have coached in both the House and Competitive streams and I am pleased to be your convenor for this season.  As the convenor for U-11 House League, I am responsible for the daily operation of the U-11 program for players born in 2013 and 2014.  I look forward to contributing to a successful season for all of the players and our volunteers.

Respect in Sport:

At least one parent or guardian from the participant’s household must take the online “Respect in Sport Parent Program”. If you have previously completed the course in another HEO District, you still are required to complete it again. KMHA would prefer this requirement by completed by September 1st, 2023.  If the course is not completed by the end of House League sort-outs, the player will not be allowed to participate any further until the requirement is met.

For more information:  https://kmha.ca/risk-and-safety/respect-in-sport/

To take the course: http://www.hockeyeasternontario.ca/pages/parents/respectinsport.htm

Important Information

Further information regarding sort outs will be sent commencing as early as Sept 01, 2023.  The message will be titled “KMHA – Welcome to U-11 House Sort Outs 2022-2023”.  If you have not received this e-mail by September 8, 2023, please check your e-mail SPAM folder.  If still no message, please contact the U-11 Convenor at: u11convenor@kmha.ca.

Pre-Skates Info

As the U-11 program follows the Hockey Canada Player Pathways Program, all players are required to have 4 hours of ice time before they can be evaluated.  Pre-skate sessions are designed to reacquaint kids to the ice after the summer and to allow all players to get comfortable in the hockey setting once again.  These sessions are mandatory for players.


These pre-skates will take place over two weekends, and you will be assigned an ice time each day.

  • Weekend 1 will be Sat Sept 09, 2023 and Sunday Sept 10, 2023, (TIMING TBD)
  • Weekend 2 will be Sat Sept 16, 2023 and Sunday Sept 17 , 2023. (TIMING TBD)

Sort Outs:

The first two weekends of the season are dedicated to the evaluation of players and placement on teams based on player ability.  The U-11 House League is currently planned to consist of:

  • TBD teams at House A
  • TBD teams at House B
  • TBD teams at House C

Sort outs evaluations will be unbiased and based on pre-determined criteria.  We will give our best possible effort to ensure that all teams are balanced within each level or tier, to the best of our abilities.

 Sort Out Structure:

The U-11 House League sort out process will consist of 1 hour of skills evaluation and 2 hours of games spread out over two weekends. Your sort out time will be assigned to you in the Welcome e-mail that you will be receiving shortly

First Weekend – 24 September, 2023 – Skills Evaluation Session, 1 hour. (TIMING TBD)

Each player will be assigned one hour of ice on 24 September, 2023.

The skills evaluation will consist of pre-determined drills that will assess Skating ability, Puck Control, Shooting and Hockey Sense.

Please note:  Players that have registered to be full-time or part-time goaltenders will be evaluated separately from the skills evaluation for other players.  This session will happen on September TBD, 2023.  Players who have registered as part-time goalies will be required to participate in both player and goalie evaluations.

Second Weekend, 30 September, 2023 and 01 October, 2023 (TIMINGS TBD)

Each player will be participating in two games, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.  We will be continuing to evaluate the players to determine the appropriate playing level. Both skill and game play will be evaluated.

Your ice times for the coming weekends will be posted to the KMHA website in the U-11 Sort Out section


by September 1st, 2023

.  You will be able to look up your player’s ice times via the randomly assigned ID number that will be found in the Welcome e-mail you will be receiving shortly.

Following Sort Outs:

Players will be assigned to their respective teams and contacted in short order with their first team practice times.


Very simply put, volunteers are the core of the KMHA programs.  None of this happens for our kids without you and your generous help.  With that, I thank everyone who has stepped up in any capacity in the past and I will be looking to leverage your willingness to continue to help.

To ensure a successful sort out process, we are looking for volunteers to help in any capacity.

Pre-Skate Volunteers for each hour of skates;

  • Registration Desk (check in players)
  • Ice General (Responsible for the on-ice flow of each on-ice session)
  • Skill Station Coaches (details to be provided)
  • On-Ice Shepherds (Assist at drill stations and player movement on ice)
  • Trainer (Requires Level 1 Trainer Certification)

Sort out Volunteers for skills (Sunday Sept ) and games (Sat Oct and Sun Oct ):

  • Registration Desk (check in players, hand out pinnies, other tasks)
  • Ice General (Responsible for the flow of each on-ice session, act as ref for games)
  • On Ice Evaluators – skills stations (details to be provided)
  • Off-Ice Evaluators – games (4-6 people)
  • Bench Staff (Open and close bench doors to facilitate line changes)
  • On-Ice Shepherds – skills (Assist at drill stations and player movement on ice)
  • Trainer (Requires Level 1 Trainer Certification)

Season Volunteers:

To ensure all our teams have a successful season, teams will require volunteers that include:

  • Head Coaches
  • Assistant Coaches
  • Goalie Coaches
  • Trainers
  • Managers/Treasurer

This is an excellent opportunity for high school students looking for volunteer hours! If you would like to help, please fill out the form at:


For those that have submitted the application already, thank you very much.  You will be contacted shortly.

Should you have any questions, I can be reached anytime via u11convenor@kmha.ca


Thank you,

Rob MacGregor

KMHA U-11 Convenor

E-Mail:  U11convenor@kmha.ca