The Ottawa West Ball Hockey League Inc. is a grass roots, non-profit organization dedicated to recreational ball hockey for children and youth. Our games are played in community arenas in the west end of Ottawa. The OWBHL was established in 1995 and is sanctioned by the Ontario Ball Hockey Association. The OWBHL enforces no residency boundary rules and attempts to accommodate registration throughout the region. The season consists of twenty games over ten weeks. Games are refereed and teams are coached but there are no practices.
The OWBHL mission is to provide a fun, safe, inclusive and affordable recreational experience for all its participants; to share a love for the Canadian past time, hockey; to encourage good citizenship and family values by promoting fair play, sportsmanship, friendship and respect through exercise, team work, friendly competition, volunteerism and participation.
We are the only minor league in Ottawa sanctioned by the Ontario Ball Hockey Association. This means that our players are insured and entitled to play anywhere in Ontario.
Our philosophies include:
- Build teams with no more than three lines, so that all players get lots of playing time.
- Coaches are instructed to play kids as equally as possible.
- No official practices – we play for fun!