Ball hockey season set to hit floor next month
The Semiahmoo Ball Hockey Association is getting set to hit the floor for its third season next month, and the registration period has been extended past the mid-March deadline for those still wishing to play.
Originally, March 15 was to be the drop-dead date for signing up, but league president Rick Duchesne has extended it a few weeks longer.
The season will begin April 6 at Centennial Arena in White Rock.
Since forming in 2011, the association has grown from less than 100 players to more than 150, and this year Duchesne hopes to reach 200.
“Going into our third season, (growth) has been through a lot of word-of-mouth, and people who keep coming back each year,” he said.
“We’re still working on the best way to attract players – South Surrey is a very competitive sports (market), especially in the spring, but we’re growing slowly.”
Semiahmoo Ball Hockey is made up of seven age divisions: tyke (four to five years old), peanut (six to eight), pup (eight to 10), peewee (10 to 12), minor (12-14), major (14-16) and junior (16-18).
The association is now part of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada, which Duchesne hopes will help attract players, especially in the older divisions, where numbers are fewer.
This year, minor, major and junior teams will be eligible to advance to junior nationals, set for Mississauga, Ont. from Aug. 1-4.
To register, or for info visit www.semiahmooballhockey.com