About Competitive “Rep B” Hockey
Competitive or Representative “B” has been the first level of competitive hockey in our area for more than 30 years, and is the first step up from House League hockey.
How is this different than House League Hockey?
- Rep B teams play more league games than House League.
- Starting in the Bantam level, Rep B games include body checking.
- Starting in the Bantam level, Rep B games are 90 minutes long.
- Rep B teams generally practice more than house league teams (~50 hours vs 20 hours in a season)
- Rep B teams typically engage special “dryland training” for conditioning and strength.
Some Myths about Rep B Hockey
Playing Blues DOES NOT cost $5,000 per season more than house league. Extra Blues registration fees, try-out fees and team fees (which are set by the team, after the team has been formed) will add approximately $1,000 to typical house league costs. Added to this still could be if the team should decide to do any extra out of town tournaments – there would then be additional hotel and travel costs.
Playing Blues DOES NOT mean you will be playing weeknight games in Kingston. While many league games are played during the week, almost all of the teams in the league are from within the boundaries of the new City of Ottawa. The few teams that are from beyond our city limits might be as far as Carleton Place. The league does recognize the age of the players, and schedules games accordingly.
Playing Blues DOES NOT mean a commitment of 8 days a week. Blues teams, on average, get together on 4½ occasions per week. This would typically include games, practices, specialty training sessions (power skates), off-ice training, and team functions or fundraisers.
Playing Blues DOES NOT mean you will be down in Toronto for tournaments every month. While most house league teams tend to agree to 1 out of town tournament per season, most Blues teams tend to go to 2.
Playing house league last season DOES NOT mean you won’t be selected for a Blues team this season. Players develop at different rates and this is why try-outs are conducted in September, at the start of the season, and NOT in April, at the end of the season before. The players that standout most in evaluations are often the same players that were working the hardest, at camps and power skating sessions, through the summer.
The Rep B Process
- Players are to register with their home association.
- Players may then register to try out for The Blues. There is a try-out fee associated with this which must be paid prior to participation in the tryout process.
- Typically in the week before Labour Day, there will be a player and parent information night. This allows opportunity to meet the coach, hear their plans & philosophies for the season, come to understand the strategy & schedule for tryouts, and follows with a question and answer period.
- Tryouts typically start in early September and run over several days.
- Releases typically start after the second evaluation session. Players who are released usually have a meeting with the coach and their parents (depending on the age level).
- The players who are released are able to participate in their home Association house league tryouts, and are not penalized in any way. Many of these same released players will be the coaches’ choices for affiliation throughout the season, to help cover a position in a Blues game or practice when a regular team player is injured or unavailable.
- Once releases are completed, and the coach is down to his team roster, there will be a parents’ meeting to decide on team budget, etc. In simple math, Blues teams commit to about twice the amount of hockey time as do house league teams and, overall, Blues will cost about twice the time and money compared to house league.
- Should a player be selected to play on a Blues team, regular house league registration fees which have been paid are automatically forwarded towards the competitive registration costs. Any additional registration costs would have to then be paid, prior to participating in further hockey activity.