Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many games are there in a season?

Currently there are 16 games during the regular season for all divisions from Peewee to Junior, 14 games during the regular season for the Pup division and 10 games for the Peanut division. PLUS there is a guaranteed 2 playoff games for all divisions from Peanut to Junior. The winners of each division are then entered to play in the BC Provincial Tournament at the end of June.

Our Tyke divisions are run as a development and learning program and therefore no scores or standings are maintained as all other divisions. The tyke programs run for 10 sessions during our league.

How many practices are there in a season?

There are at a minimum 2 league practices allocated to each team per season in Pee Wee to Junior, 4 in Pup and 6 in Peanut. Some coaches will obtain extra practice time either at the reserved "lacrosse/hockey" outdoor boxes or purchase arena floor time under the league subsidized program, but this is up to the individual Coaches and the team.

What days are the games and practices on?

Subject to change as needed to optimize available floor times. Listed days represent possible days in which a team in that division may have a game. Teams will have 2 - 3 games per week at most. Practices may take place any day of the week and are under the discretion of the Coach. TYKES/MINI-TYKES - typically on Saturday mornings typically at the same Arena all season (eg. North Surrey has been the primary arena the past several years) PEANUT - Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons, Monday, Wednesday and Friday early evenings PUP - Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Friday evenings PEEWEE - Saturday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday evenings MINOR - Saturday late afternoons, Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings MAJOR - Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings JUNIOR - Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

Where are the games played?

There are 4 locations in Surrey. The New North Surrey arena, Newton Arena (Newton), and Cloverdale arena (Cloverdale). All divisions will have away games outside of the Surrey area against other Greater Vancouver associations (eg. Richmond, Langley, Metro). The amount depends on the number of teams in a Division and requests from other West Coast Minor Ball Hockey Association leagues within the Greater Vancouver region.

What equipment will I need?

ALL players will need the following: a CSA approved helmet with full face protection, Shin Pads (we recommend D Gels), a protective cup, hockey gloves, hockey stick, and non-marking running shoes. All of this can be found at places such as "Canadian Tire", "Sportcheck", "The Hockey Shop" and (Cyclone Taylor Sports÷. If you buy hard shin pads, make sure you get extra long socks that will be able to cover them as you will not be allowed to play with hard shin pads. The best ones are D Gels followed by soft soccer style pads.

Do Goalies need to supply their own gear?

No, Surrey Minor Ball Hockey Association will supply all the gear needed for the Goalies with the exception of a GOALIE HOCKEY STICK, borrowed equipment will be subject to a damage deposit. If you have your own goalie gear, please use it as we do sometimes run short on gear depending on how many teams we have that year. For sanitary reasons, we DO NOT supply Athletic Cups (Jocks), these must be supplied by the player.

How long is registration open?

Registration starts in Dec 1st. You will be able to register until March 1st or until the division is full.

When does the season start and end?

The ball hockey regular season starts in late March and runs through until the beginning of June with playoffs starting thereafter and running thru until the end of June.

Are there any all girls teams?

Yes, starting in 2021 there will a female only division as well as the option to play Co-ed.

Can friends play together or can a request be made for car pooling purposes?

NO, we are unable to guarantee any requests made for friends to play together, even if it is for car pooling purposes. If you do request this it is provided to coaches and it is up to the coaches to take this into consideration during the draft. Placement of players will depend on how the coaches choose their team.

Can I request that my child play for a specific coach?

I request can be made, but we can only provide this information to all the coaches during the draft process for their consideration. As a result of this draft process, we can not guarantee any such requests will happen.

How are teams chosen?

Teams are chosen through a draft process in ALL levels with the exception of Tykes/Mini-tykes. The Draft is based on player ratings and season statistics. Players that have played before will have a rating between 1-5, those who are new to ball hockey may need to come out to an evaluation to be evaluated and given a rating (if we are able to obtain rink floor time). During the draft all coaches are provided with player groupings and ratings prior to the draft. Coaches then select their team based on a draft order provided our software system during the draft.

Hi, I'm just wondering, if siblings join, are they on the same team?

If siblings are in the same division, yes we will place them on the same team.

Can more than two friends be put on the same team, say around four?

Surrey Minor Ball Hockey holds a draft prior to the start of our season. Coaches draft players based on rankings assigned to players, siblings in the same division must be drafted together onto the same team. Coaches are asked to take into consideration special requests, such as friends playing together. But this is not enforced and is solely left up to the Coaches discretion to grant these requests. To answer the question, a request can be made for friends to be put on the same team, this is provided to the Coaches at the draft for consideration. The Association DOES NOT control the placement of players making these type of requests and therefore we can not make guarantees of placing friends on the same team. In these cases, we suggest two (up to a Coaching staff of three is permitted) of the parents sign up to coach a team this would then provide an ability to have those two on the same team as they will be protected by the Coaching staff (one each for the Coach and Assistant Coach) and during the draft the Coaching staff will have an opportunity to draft the other two friends.

How many players are on a team?

Depending on the division there are usually 15-17 players per team, including the goalie.

My child would like to play, but would like to play in a different League.

If your home address is within Surrey boundaries but your child wishes to play for another association you must have a release to be able to play for that association. To obtain a release to play for another association please provide a minimum of TWO letters from TWO different people (Eg; Parent and Daycare provider or Parent and Grandparent) stating to the Executive why your child would like to play for that association. The request and letters must be emailed to the President at ***Please note that living close to Langley or Delta (for example) or wanting to play with friends is not considered a reason to obtain a release nor will we provide releases to players who register late and wish to use that as a reason to move associations. Once the Executive has received your written request they will be brought to the next scheduled executive meeting for review. After reviewing your request, the Executive will make a decision and contact you regarding their decision.

I cannot coach full time but I would like to help out, is there any way I can?

Yes. Volunteers are always welcomed and you can sign up as an Assistant Coach, Team Manager, or assist to help with one of the many jobs required to run a successful league.

Can we get our money back if my Son/Daughter decides they do not want to play?

Surrey Minor Ball Hockey Association will provide a refund, less an administration fee to cover banking and processing charges, upon request if received before the team draft (typically end of February). No refunds will be issued after teams have been selected except for withdrawal due to injury. A Doctor's note will be required under this situation and the refund will be prorated less the applicable administration fee. Please see our REGISTRATION webpage for current year administration fee amounts and relevant dates.

We registered online, how do we get our tax receipt?

Tax Receipts will no longer be mailed out by SMBHA. From the online registration website, you will be able to print your Tax Receipt from the main page. On your account page, you will see Child Tax Receipt as one of the menu items. Select this item and print your Child Tax Receipt at any time after you have made your payment. If you are unable to print the receipt, please send your requests for a Child Tax Receipt to This Tax Receipt can be used for the Child Fitness Tax Credit if eligible to be claimed in the year payment was made.

Is ball hockey a "no contact" sport?

Canadian Ball Hockey Association rules penalize players for body checking (body contact) and contact that you would associate with ice hockey. Ball hockey is therefore a non-contact sport. That being said like many other team sports, such as Soccer, there will be player contact during the course of a game. This is more so in the older divisions and penalties, suspensions and bans are used to enforce no-contact and fighting rules.

What time of day are games usually played?

Games are played any day during the week. The time of day is dependent of the division, the younger age groups will always play either during the mornings or early afternoons on weekends and late afternoons (5pm) or early evenings (6pm) on weekdays. While the older age groups play after these age groups, with the Junior division playing as late as 9pm on weekdays. There are at least one to two games per week with practices spread throughout the season.

What is the difference between the Mountain and Pacific divisions?

The BC Minor Ball Hockey associations decided in 2015 that the sport of ball hockey would benefit from dividing the older age divisions of Minor (13 & 14 yr olds), Major (15 & 16 yr olds), and Junior (17, 18 & 19 yr olds) so that each of these divisions were split equally between the higher skilled and more competitive players and the balance of players. The Mountain division represents the higher skilled and more competitive players while the Pacific division represents the balance. Players do not select which division they are drafted to, this is based on coaches through a draft process that attempts to ensure a fair and competitive balance among all teams in both the Mountain and Pacific divisions. The goal of this is to offer all players equal play time every game and allow players to feel they are challenged, irrespective of their level of skill, and have fun playing the sport of ball hockey.

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