First session schedule is set!

Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey League

Date for your first session (Exhibition) is set!

The Nova Scotia Minor Ball Hockey League 2024 Spring season will get underway in late April, early May with 4 exciting leagues. Halifax, Bedford, East Hants, and a combined league for Sackville/Dartmouth. The Sackville /Dartmouth leagues have been combined due to facility availability.

The first session will be an exhibition when all players will be run through a series of drills and play a short exhibition. Each player will participate in a one-hour exhibition session.  The dates and location of your first session is listed below. The exhibition session will give us a chance to take a look at all players. We appreciate and are excited that some players will be very new to ball hockey. That is perfect and this league is a great place for kids to begin a lifetime love of hockey and sport.  We will take what we learn during the exhibition session and do our best to create balanced teams. (This process will never be perfect, but we will try our best) This session will also give parents a chance to check gear and ask any questions that you might have. Coaches will also have a chance to meet players during this exhibition session. Shortly after the exhibition session, we will form teams and post the teams on our website. This will be your players team for the season. We will also post your complete schedule at this time. While we will do our best to keep your playing time consistent, facility availability may require that we use various times and rinks in the HRM. Please note that we will not be entertaining player switches so please do your best to enjoy the team your player is assigned to.

The Exhibition sessions are as follows:

Bedford Minor – Saturday- April 27, 2:00 -6:00 pm at Lebrun

U8 -2:00 pm, U10 – 3:00 pm, U12 – 4:00 pm, U15 – 5:00 pm

East Hants -Sunday April 28, 2:00-6:00 pm at East Hants Sportsplex

U8 -2:00 pm, U10 – 3:00 pm, U12 – 4:00 pm, U15 – 5:00 pm

Halifax Minor– Saturday May 4, 9:00 – 1:00 pm at Gorsebrook Park

U8 -9:00am, U10 – 10:00 am, U12 – 11:00 am, U15 – 12:00 am

Sackville/Dartmouth Sunday, May 5, 11:00 – 3:00 pm RBC 4-pad in Dartmouth

U8 -11:00 am, U10 – 12:00 am, U12 – 1:00 pm, U15 – 2:00 pm

If you have questions please email : admin@nsmbhl.ca

Mandatory Equipment

Please be sure your player has the right equipment for each game as they will not be permitted to play without the required gear. To keep costs low you could consider buying used gear (which my kids used) or inexpensive and quality equipment which can be purchased at Canadian Tire or other local sport stores.

  • All players must wear a CSA approved helmet approved helmet with full facial protection.
  • Standard hockey gloves
  • Running shoes
  • Knee pads are required. We recommend lightweight ball hockey or soccer style knee pads.
  • Hockey stick. They can be either plastic, wooden or composite. Sticks must not be broken in any way and must have at least 1.5 inches of height to ensure they can not penetrate a regular face mask. Floorball sticks are not permitted.

Optional Equipment

  • Although not mandatory, it is recommended that players wear elbow pads and an athletic cup. 

Goalie Gear

A complete set of ball or ice hockey goalie gear must be worn. In the U8 and U10 divisions ball hockey gear can be worn. In the u12 and u15 ice hockey quality gear is to be worn to ensure adequate protection. It is understood that used, and perhaps old, ice hockey goalie gear may be used.

Goalie gear will include:

  • A goalie stick
  • Mask or helmet and full cage
  • Trapper and blocker
  • Goalie pads
  • Hockey pants
  • Chest and arm protector
  • An athletic cup

The league does have a limited supply of goalie gear that we will share if your player would like to try goaltender.

If you have questions please email : admin@nsmbhl.ca