CANCELLATION OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT SEASONS
To our Withrow Park Ball Hockey community,
This weekend was scheduled to open the 2020 season – which in our neighbourhood is the unofficial beginning of spring. Even for residents not directly involved in the league, the steady march of kids in jerseys to and from the rinks, the sounds of the sticks and balls on the pad, and the crowds of supporters in the parks are a sure sign that the outdoor season has arrived.
Unfortunately, since our last communication to you, it has become clear that the spring ball hockey season cannot proceed. With the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to grow, the City of Toronto has understandably decided to cancel all permits until at least June 30th.
The Board has therefore made the decision to refund all fees to youth-division, Young Women’s and Young Men’s divisions. It will be automatically refunded to your payment cards in coming days. All players who had registered will be considered ‘returning players’ for 2021 registration.
The Women’s and Men’s divisions still have the possibility of playing a meaningful season, potentially including extra games between July and October, so for the time being we will continue to make contingency plans to play. Anyone in those divisions who is experiencing financial hardship and requires a refund of their fees can contact us individually at email@example.com.
We are awaiting word on the OBHF Provincials scheduled for July and the CBHA Nationals scheduled for July/August. The OBHF has indicated that they are still hopeful of holding Provincial tournaments, potentially on adjusted timelines.
We appreciate how disappointing this will be for everyone who looks forward to the ball hockey season. The Board will continue to monitor the situation and, if conditions allow, organize alternative games for youth players in the summer. This could take the form of set teams playing a short season or tournament, more loosely-organized shinny-type games, or some combination. If registration is required, it will happen separately for those who are able to participate. Getting out on the rink together, if it can be done safely, would be a powerful sign that some normalcy has returned to our lives.
This is a difficult time financially for many in our community. If you are fortunate enough to not have been severely affected by the business restrictions and closures under social distancing, we would encourage you to consider donating the funds to efforts supporting our front-line health care workers, or using them to purchase food and other critical supplies from businesses who sponsor teams in our league and are still able to operate.
As a final word, please take two minutes to watch this short video from Kristine Laing, a long-time parent and coach in our league who is also a front-line health care worker. It’s a powerful message about how we can support each other during these times, and what health-care professionals are sacrificing to protect us.
Stay safe and healthy, until we next meet at the rink.
On behalf of the Withrow Park Ball Hockey League Board of Directors
COVID-19 UPDATE: BEGINNING OF SEASON POSTPONED
Hello Withrow Park Ball Hockey families,
Although we are still a few weeks away from the planned opening of the 2020 season, it is clear at this point that the escalating outbreak of the COVID-19 virus will not make it possible to begin the season on time. The closure of schools and other public buildings has thus far been extended to April 5th, our planned opening weekend. However, even if public health authorities determine that it is safe to return to public facilities, the league will still require some time to complete preparations for the season. As a result, the league’s Board of Directors has decided at this point to postpone the opening of the season until at least Friday, April 17th.
In the interim, we will be continuing to monitor and assess the situation, with the guidance of public health authorities and our sport’s governing bodies, to determine whether the season can begin on this date, or if further postponement would be required. We’ll keep you up to date and provide at least two weeks’ notice of any further changes. The Board will be convening by conference call on a regular basis to keep pace with the evolving situation.
We will continue to prepare for the season so we can react in a timely way to any change in the situation. Team building will continue, division convenors will be in communication with coaches and video conferencing may be implemented for the coaches’ meeting and staff/referee training. Look for more details in coming days.
The many closures of public gathering places and events has the potential to slow the spread of the virus and prevent the outbreak from reaching the level already seen in some other parts of the world. So while we are disappointed that the opening of the season will be delayed, we are fully supportive of all measures to keep our community safe and healthy.
Thank you for your support and understanding, and stay well.
President, WPBHL Board of Directors
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR YOUNG ADULT LEAGUES BEGINS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th at 8 am.
Season starts beginning of May and goes until late August.
Games are weekday evenings.
YOUNG MEN'S LEAGUE
BIRTH YEAR 1992-2000
YOUNG WOMEN'S LEAGUE
BIRTH YEAR 1991-2001
Registration Status 2020
Open registration in the Youth divisions is now underway. Below is a table indicating current registration availabilities, as of the time of update. Note that registration in some divisions is now closed with full waitlists. Please refer to the table before attempting to register, to ensure there is a program available for your child. Adult registration for returning players begins February 3 at 8 a.m. Adult new player registration begins Tuesday, Feb 18 at 8 am. Young Men (2000-1992) and Young Women (2001-1991) League registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 8 am.
|Mite (2014, 2015, 2106) YOB)||X||X|
|Tyke (2012 & 2013 YOB)||X||X|
|Girls Tyke (2012, 2013 & 2014 YOB)||X||X|
|Novice (2010 & 2011 YOB)||X||X|
|Girls Novice (2010 & 2011 YOB)||X|
|Atom (2008 & 2009 YOB)||X||X|
|Girls Atom (2008 & 2009 YOB)||X||X|
|PeeWee (2006 & 2007 YOB)||X||X|
|Girls PeeWee (2004 & 2005 YOB)||x|
|Bantam (2004 & 2005 YOB)||X|
|Girls High School (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2004 YOB)||X|
|Junior (2001, 2002 & 2003 YOB)||x|
*Those who are on the wait list will be notified within 2 weeks if room becomes available.
2020 New Player Registration for Youth Opens
Saturday, January 25th, 8 AM
Set your alarm, online sign-up for new youth players opens Saturday, January 25th at 8 am!
- New Player Registration (All Youth Divisions) opens Saturday January 25th at 8 am. If your child did not play in the league in 2019 they are considered a NEW player.
- Registration for Adult Leagues will open at 8:00 am on Monday, February 3rd for returning Men’s and Women’s Division players. New adult players can register starting Tuesday February 18th at 8:00 am.
Three Withrow Women win gold at Nationals as part of Team Ontario.
Three young women from Withrow won gold in the U19 B division at the 2019 National ball hockey championships, as part of Team Ontario. Samantha Baine (left), Emily Buffet (right) and goalie Serena Vilde are pictured here with their medals and our provincial flag. Congrats ladies!!
U15 Withrow Players Shine: Burnaby, B.C.
The weekend in July 2019, the U15's Ontario Royals, a combined team of nine Withrow Knights U15's and nine players from Oakville and Burlington Ball Hockey Associations, captured the National 'B' Championship at the CBHA Junior Nationals held in Burnaby BC. It had been a very good spring for the U15 Withrow squad as they had captured the Bantam B Provincial Championship in Mississauga.
The Royals got off to a rough start dropping their first three round robin games to Guelph, Team BC Wolverines and the always strong New Tech Xtreme. Needing a point in their last game against Manitoba, the boys rallied to tie the game with just under a minute left. With a little help from our friends from Team Newfoundland, the Royals qualified for the B Pool playdowns.
In the semi-final game, the boys dominated the Manitoba team and led after the first half 3-2 on the strength of three power play goals by Colin King, James Rota and Zack Sinodis. In the second half, Lachlan Wells and Aiden Hunt of Burlington lit the lamp and Will Neish was able to hold off a late Manitoba charge making the final 5-4 Royals.
In the B Pool Gold medal game the Royals faced off against the Edmonton Yeti. The Royals once again came out strong with three first period goals by Zack Sinodis, Lachlan Well and Grayson Chapple of Oakville. Will Neish held the fort and the Royals captured the Gold with a convincing 3-1 win.
An amazing run for our Withrow players - Gabe Flammia, James Rota, Zach Sinodis, Lachlan Wells, Matt Jennings, Colin King, Eric Stephenson, Oliver Chattoe and goalie Will Neish.
Special thanks to head coach Tommy K and assistant coach Jim N for their efforts.
This weekend illustrated yet again the strength of our Withrow program!
Withrow Bantams Czech Republic Bound
Six Withrow Bantam players selected for the Junior Team Canada U16's, are heading to the ISBHF World Junior Cup being held June 27th - 30th in the Czech Republic. They depart on June 22nd, will be having a 3-day training camp in Plzen, a travel day in Prague, then the tournament in Ceska Trebova. All six play in our WPBHL Bantam house league and play on our Withrow Bantam A provincial team.
Pictured are players receiving their Jr. Team Canada jerseys. Left to right are; Aidan Shepard, Leo Chambers, Athan Alexopoulos, Ryan Gillespie, and Wyatt Johnston. Oliver Smith is also on the JTC team, but not in the photo.
Good luck boys!!!
Withrow Park Youth Players excel on the National
and International stage.
At the Junior Men's World Championships, Withrow Park had 2 players and a coach on the Men's U20 Team Canada, earning the silver medal in St. John's, Newfoundland. Congratulations to Thomas Mitchell (goalie) and Daniel Lowe (assistant captain) as well as coach Tom Kourkouliotis. Photo below
- At the Junior Women's World Championships, Withrow Park had 5 players on the Women's U20 Team Canada, earning the silver medal in Prerov, Czech Republic. Congratulations to Samantha Baine, Emily Buffet, Kristen Colosimo, Lily Lacey, and Serena Vilde. Photo below
- At the Canadian Junior Nationals, the Withrow Park Boys U15 team earned the silver medal in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Congratulations to Dylan Meanchos, James Norton, Leo Chambers, Eric Stephenson, Evan Dennis, Athan Alexopoulos, Ben Hannah, JJ Rota, Wyatt Johnston, Anton Jakobsen, Aidan Shepard, Zach Sinodis, Ryan Gillespie, and Oliver Smith. Photo below
- Congratulations to our 2018 Bantam WPBHL Players that were selected in the 2019 OHL draft, held on April 6th.
Wyatt Johnston: Sylvia Mazzone Design (Windsor Spitfires)
James Norton: Big Carrot (Kingston Frontenacs)
Ryan Gillespie: Big Carrot (Sudbury Wolves)
Oliver Smith: Withrow Predators (Barrie Colts)
Aidan Shepard: Taber's Wild Thing (North Bay Trappers)
- At the Canadian Junior Nationals, Withrow Park had 3 players on the Women's U19 Team Ontario White, earning the bronze medal in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Congratulations to Samantha Baine, Emily Buffet, and Serena Vilde.