OWBHL FAQ

What is the OWBHL?
The OWBHL is not-for-profit ball hockey league, which prides itself on offering fun and recreational activity to children and youth ages 5 to 17.

How long does the season run?
The season runs for 10 weeks from Mid-April to the end of June.

How many games will I play?
Players play 2 games per week for a total of 20 games.

Does everyone make the playoffs?
Yes.  Playoffs are held the last 2-3 weeks of the season.

When are games?
Games are played on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

Based on available slab time, we may have to schedule some games at the start of the season on Sundays.

Where are games played?
Games are played at arenas in the City of Ottawa.  The location of games varies from year to year based on rink availability.  However, generally, OWBHL games are played at the following arenas: Belltown Dome, Dulude Arena, Brewer Arena, Mlacak Arena.

How long are games?
The games are three periods of 15 minutes each of running time.

Are there practices?
There are no practices.  Prior to the first game coaches will take extra time to go through the rules with the players after that, it’s game on!

What equipment do I need?
Players are required to wear a helmet, gloves, proper footwear and bring a stick.  Shin guards (hockey or soccer) and a protective cup are highly recommended.

Are street hockey sticks permitted?
Plastic screw-in street hockey stick blades are not permitted.

Can I register a team?
OWBHL does not allow team registration.  Each player must register individually.

Can I play with a friend?
A player may request to play with a buddy.  The player’s buddy must be playing in the same age group as the player.  The buddy must also request on his or registration form to play with the player.  Only matching buddy request will be considered.  Players may only request ONE buddy.  The OWBHL cannot guarantee that all buddy request will be adhered to.

Will OWBHL provide a uniform?
Each player will receive an OWBHL t-shirt at the start of the season.  Players may keep their t-shirt at the end of the season.

I want to play goalie.  Will the league provide me with goalie equipment?
Yes.  The OWBHL provides a set of goalie equipment to each team.  All borrowed equipment must be returned at the end of the OWBHL season.  All goalies must wear full equipment and a CSA approved mask and helmet.  Street hockey masks are NOT permitted.

How long are minor penalties?
Novice and atom minor penalties are two minutes, running time.  Peewee, Bantam and Midget minor penalties are three minutes, running time.

Will there be a picture day?
Yes.  Each player (present on picture day) will receive a team picture as well as an individual picture. The schedule of picture day will be posted on the website prior to the date.

Is there an end of season celebration?
On the last weekend of the season, OWBHL will host a BBQ and award ceremony for all the players, coaches, families and volunteers.