Female Youth Programs
BC Hockey administers a number of youth programs throughout the season. Some of these programs are aimed towards athletes who are new to the game, while some are intended for those already involved in hockey.
Some minor recreation events specifically for females include:
Esso Fun Days
Esso Fun Days are designed to introduce the game of hockey and its basic skills in a fun and supportive learning environment for the first time female hockey player. It is a one (1) day or six (6) week program for youth or adults that includes both on and off-ice activities. They are hosted by local minor hockey associations and are free of charge for participants.
For more information about Esso Fun Days, click here.
BC Hockey Female Jamborees are one of the premier events offered to female players aged 5-12. The grassroots development program is geared towards females already playing the game, as well as those starting out. The event creates a non-competitive atmosphere which allows the participants to have fun and play with other girls with similar abilities and experience from around the province.
BC Hockey Female Jamborees stress sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for fellow players, coaches and officials. Players are placed onto teams based on age and ability and compete in skills sessions and games, as well as off-ice activities.
The purpose of the jamborees is to offer female players of BC Hockey membership an opportunity to experience a unique program focusing on the celebration and promotion of participation in female hockey. The jamborees are NOT highly competitive tournaments. All players receive equal ice time and the emphasis is on fair play and sportsmanship.
BC Hockey developed the Female Jamboree program in 1975 and has been running the event across the province ever since. The program was originally developed for Pee Wee-aged players in BC, but just as the game has evolved over the years, so has the Female Jamboree program.
More Information About Jamborees
World Girls Hockey Weekend
World Girls Hockey Weekend is an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to celebrate female hockey. Celebrations in Canada include Esso Fun Days, "Bring A Friend" events, and the Long Game - a coast-to-coast hockey game! This year's World Girls Hockey Weekend will take place from October 6 - 8, 2017.
The Long Game will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, beginning with the first puck drop in Newfoundland and Labrador and stopping in every province and territory before finishing in BC. This premier event of the IIHF and Hockey Canada features five (5) continuous female games running from coast to coast in all divisions.
Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting a division should fill out the application form.
Female Midget AAA League (FMAAA)
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush, Greater Vancouver Comets, Kootenay Wild, Northern Capitals, Thompson-Okanagan Lakers, and Vancouver Island Seals. The teams play a 30 game regular season, followed by the playoffs. The FMAAA Champion has the opportunity to compete for the ESSO Cup, Hockey Canada's National Female Midget Championship. For more information, please visit the FMAAA website.
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