Ceebees minor planning registration
Association aggressively looking to bolster number of officials
As in past years, players and coaches with CeeBees minor are late getting on the ice.
Only season, the delay is longer than normal.
That’s because the Trinity-Conception Fail Fair, which is held annually at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, is also being staged later, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.
As a result, registration will be delayed by a week, and is scheduled for Oct. 11 from 7-9 p.m., and Oct. 15 from 10 a. m.-1 p. m, says CeeBees spokesperson Wendy Penney.
Registration will also take place throughout the first week of practices.
Numbers are looking good, even with this late registration time, adds Penney.
“All indications are that they will be the same,” she says.
Penney explains she and other executive members have been taking phone calls from many parents who have expressed interest in returning their children to minor hockey.
Penney says the squirt group will have good numbers, and with last year’s squirts returning, the novice group is also strong.
There will be two or three teams in the novice division, she states.
The rest of the ranks have strong numbers, except at the midget division, where numbers traditionally drop off.
“ They have school and they have jobs. We understand that.”
To encourage the return of players, Penney says the association is holding the line on fees.
“ We feel keeping it the same is important for the viability of our association,” she says.
Like most other associations, the Harbour Grace minor program has had a hard time attracting and maintaining on-ice officials.
The goal for this season is to bolster the number of certified officials, says Penney.
Come spring time, when the provincial tournaments are gearing up, Harbour Grace has always had to go looking for officials so they could host, Penney explains.
In addition, Penney hopes to educate the current ones in the changes that are coming this season.
Hockey Canada has introduced a new head contact rule that could cause parents, coaches, players and officials a headache, so to speak.
“Now, any player who makes contact to the head area at all of another player, accidental or otherwise, will be given a double-minor,” says Penney.
Penney notes that an officials clinic for Level III and higher is scheduled for Oct. 1. For new officials, a clinic will take place Oct. 2. Both are taking place at Carbonear Collegiate.
For more, visit www. ceebeesminorhockey.ca.