You will find the Championship day schedule posted by league in the left hand menu. Please note the start time and that there will be time between games and a Show Down contest for all players.
We could use 2 volunteers to help during the showdown contest. Please see Louis if you can help out.
Due to the wet and cold conditions Ball Hockey there will be no Ball Hockey tonight, 14 June. Halifax Minor will play next Wednesday 21 June at the regular time.
To make up for the session cancelled due to rain the Halifax Minor Ball Hockey League will play this coming Wednesday evening, 14 June. Please note tat the u17 group is scheduled to play at 8:00.
5:00 pm – U8
6:00 pm -U10
7:00 pm- U12
8:00 pm – U14 and U17
Thank you for the emails this morning.
With a steady drizzle and a forecast of 70% chance of rain throughout the morning we will postpone Ball Hockey for today. The drizzle will cause our playing surface to remain quite slippery while a significant rain will force a shut down.
Now let’s hope it pours to help with the fires.
Enjoy the day.
With Rain in the forecast stay tuned for updates. If we need to cancel Ball Hockey for Saturday 3 June it will be posted here.
With our growth this year from one league to three we quickly realized that we did not have enough goalie gear to equip all teams in the three leagues. To help increase the pool of goalies and goalie gear within our organization we offered a $75 rebate to anyone purchasing goalie gear. While we appreciate that this does not likely cover all the costs associated with being a ball hockey goaltender, we hope it helps.
All was done on the honor system, and we only asked that if the goalie was not able to play on a given day the gear was made available to the replacement. This program was very successful with 17 families taking advantage of the rebate. While we continue to purchase additional goalie equipment, this program provided the league with many more keepers and decreased our need to transport gear from league to league. Thank you to all those who participated.
A special note of thanks to Peter Ryan and Lisa Ryan-O’Day family for their generous contribution which has been used to purchase additional goalie gear!
Monday 2:30 pm
In light of new information relating to the uncertainty and seriousness of the fire Sackville Minor Ball Hockey will be cancelled tonight, Monday 29 May.
At time East Hants Minor Ball Hockey is still on Tuesday night and Halifax Minor is still on for Wednesday night.
Future updates will be posted in this space.
Monday morning 9:00
Considering the ongoing fire situation, As of 12:30 all games scheduled for the Sackville Minor League for this evening are on. Please check this website before you go to your game as any updates will be posted here. As of 12:30 all games are on. If we have a change, it will be posted here. Otherwise it is Game On!
Note that the East Hants League will play on Tuesday and the Halifax League will play Wednesday evening.
Great job getting the first two hours of play in. The rest of the session is cancelled due to the weather.
See you on the weekend!
Wednesday, 17 May will be the first evening action of the year at Gorsebrook Please be sure to check out the schedule on this website. U8 will play first at 5:00.
In the event of rain, we will make a decision 90 minutes before the first game (at 3:30) if we will cancel. If we cancel it will mean all games for the session will be cancelled. If we do cancel we will post a message on this section of the website.
If we do not post a cancellation message please consider it Game On! Please dress for the weather as we may play in damp and/or chilly conditions.
By using the left hand menu of this website you will find both team lists and schedule posted by league. This list will supersede all lists before 11 May and may include a few recent changes. The changes were predominantly due to balancing the teams and new registrations. Thank you to all who made the team balancing process efficient.
If your players name is missing or you see any errors please bring it to our attention.
In Halifax the U8, U10 and U12 Divisions are full. We will not be accepting any additional players in those divisions. The U14 and U17 div in Halifax still has space. We also have space in all divisions in Sackville and East Hants. You will note the registration fee has been decreased to attract more players and to recognize a few games have already been played. Hopefully we will still add a few more players.
Thanks to all people who purchase goalie gear as it seems all three leagues are now able to operate effectively. If you borrow a set of gear please be sure to put the entire set of goalie gear back in the bag that it came in. No more leaving it all over the place.
Last but not least we can still use a few more coaches. Our goal is to have at least 2 coaches per team. If you notice your players team needs a coach or two please step up and join us!
Many thanks for a great start, see you at the rink soon.
19 April, 2023
This is the schedule for the first session of your Minor Ball Hockey League. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your start time. Players will check in when they arrive, be given a numbered pinnie and assigned to a coach who will guide them from there.
Saturday, 22 April at the RBC Arena in Dartmouth
- 8:00 am – U8 Division
- 9:00 am – U10 Division
- 10:00 am – u12/U14 Division
- 11:00 am – u17 Division (U17 players from all three leagues to play)
East Hants Minor
Sunday, 23 April at the East Hants Sportsplex
- 2:00 pm – U8 Division
- 3:00 pm – U10 Division
- 4:00 pm – U12/U14 Division
Saturday, 29 April at Gorsebrook Ball Hockey Court
- 9:00 am – U8 Division
- 10:00 am – U10 Division
- 11:00 am – U12 Division
- 12:00 am – U14 Division
Within 2 days of your first session the schedule for the complete year will be posted with the team lists.
14 April 2023
The Spring season of Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey is about to get underway.
The first session of each league will be take place at:
- Sackville Minor – Saturday 22 April 8:00 am -1:00 am at RBC in Dartmouth
- East Hants Minor – Sunday 23 April 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at East Hants Sportsplex
- Halifax Minor – Saturday 29 April 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Gorsebrook
The younger age groups will play earliest. U8 is our youngest age group.
The first session will be player evaluation where each player will go through a series of drills and play an exhibition game. We will take a close look at each player and use this info to help balance the teams as best we can. After the evaluation teams will be posted on line. When players show up for the second session they will receive their team jerseys. Similar to minor ice hockey, the jerseys are loaned to your player for the season. If you loose your jersey or it is damaged outside of ball hockey action you will be asked to pay a $30 replacement fee. Rather than collect this money upfront and refund it later we will operate on an honor system and ask for the support of everyone.
A more defined schedule and “Evaluation Day” group lists will be posted Wednesday 19 April.
Please be sure that your player comes with the following equipment:
- A helmet and cage
- Hockey gloves
- A regulation hockey stick
- Running shoes
Optional and recommended equipment includes:
- Shin guards (my kids all wear shin guards)
- Elbow pads
- Jock or Jill groin protector
Please ensure your player always brings a water bottle!
Please arrive 30 minutes before your start time.
- Each player will check in at “the Front Desk”
- They will be given a pinnie and told who their coach will be for the evaluation session and where to go first. We will also be there to answer any questions parents may have.
- Their evaluation day coach and our referees will guide them through the evaluation day process.
- While this day will help us balance the teams it will also serve as a “practice session” for our coaches, referees and organizers. it will also be a good practice for our parents!
- Our league will feature many families that are new to hockey or trying sport for the first time. How exciting is that!
- We ask that the parents and players with “hockey or sport experience” lend a hand and help our new families feel comfortable!
Parents are most welcomed to watch from the stands.
The evaluation session will take 60 minutes.
We need your help to recruit more players!
In every new sport league the biggest challenge in year#1 is to recruit enough kids to have the critical mass to run a fun league. While we are getting close, we are not there yet! We need approximately 20 additional players in each league with 8 days to go!! Please help by reaching out to friends and encourage them to enter there kids!
For ongoing communication we will post news at this section of our website. This will be the primary source of communication and you are encouraged to check the website frequently. We will also email information to the addresses we gathered during the registration process. If you are not getting email info it is likely that you may have provided an incorrect email address.
To ask questions or to get added to the email list send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for joining us and stay tuned for additional info!
10 March 2023
Introducing the Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey League (NSMBHL)
Motivated by the success and growth of the Halifax Minor Ball Hockey League (founded in 2018, now 200 players) we are forming a boarder organization intended to bring together Ball Hockey supporters across Nova Scotia. Our goal is to help organize, support and share information that will help the sport of Ball Hockey grow.
We will work to develop new youth leagues in different communities.
Our first addition will be Sackville which is now live for registration. Other communities of interest are East Hants, Dartmouth, Bedford, Truro, Antigonish, and Sydney. This expansion will take place one league at a time and likely over a few years. Volunteer time, player interest and facility availability will be huge factors in our success. We will also welcome existing youth leagues to join us. If you run or league and would like to learn more, contact us at email@example.com .
The NSMBHL will offer programs in the following age groups, U8, U10, U12, U14, U17
All age groups will play a cross rink 3×3 or 4×4 format. The U17 division may opt to play over the full arena surface.
Games will be played both indoor and outdoor. Cost per league may differ depending on the cost to rent the facility. ie the outdoor rink at Gorsebrook is less expensive than renting an indoor dry ice rink.
Our initial intention is:
- To encourage and support the growth of Ball Hockey across Nova Scotia
- To make Ball Hockey a welcoming sport where players of all levels can play, improve skill and have fun.
- To bring like minded people and leagues together to help grow Ball Hockey.
- To gather and share information that can help interested people promote the sport of Ball Hockey.
- To develop and promote a standard format and rules.
- To facilitate officials and coach education in effort to establish quality sport delivery.
- To promote tournament opportunities including provincial championships.
- To promote a return of Team Nova Scotia to the Canadian Ball Hockey Championships.
- To promote access to existing facilities and new Ball Hockey facility development.