August 1st is the deadline for team registration. We are working hard on picking up better ice slots for this winter hockey season and so far we’ve made great progress. Each year we strive to improve the overall hockey league schedule and this year is no different. Watch for more information in the coming weeks about this.
If you are a player who does not have a team to play for, jump to the bottom of this post to see how you can get on a team this winter.
Ask your team GM right now if they have set up your team on Breakout and provided the required deposit based on the schedule plan selected. Send them a text message or an email to confirm. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept any more teams after August 1st, 2019.
This is because we need enough lead time to build the schedule for the selection draft and unfortunately we will not be able to put your team in to the season unless your team GM registered the team in the Winter 2019-20 Hockey Season on Breakout.
But what does it actually mean? Do you have you have the whole team ready to go by August 1st? Not at all. We are simply asking your team GM to register the team on Breakout and cover the deposit.
The team GM will then have 60+ days to work out who will be playing on your team before season start, which is the first week in September. It is plenty of time! Heck you can probably start your own brand new team between now and then. We have seen it happen more than once. People just need to know there will be a team for them to play on, then they feel confidence to pay their fees.
It is easy to cover the deposit. Pay your own team fees, and get one or two more teammates to do the same. Just make sure your team GM invited you to the team invoice where you can make your payments. It would really help if you did that right now. Payments can be split into 2 or monthly installments.
Ok but what if we don’t have the whole team ready to go, you ask? That is ok, if you have a core of 10-11 players you can always pick up players down the road. There are new players moving into town all the time and it is hard for them to get on a team when they don’t know anyone here.
Or a team may fold and now there is an abundance of players looking to play winter hockey in a league. Typically there are hundreds of players looking for an ice hockey team to join each winter season.
How can you get them to play on your team? Simple, we have this handy, but secret, Facebook group where you can see which players are looking to play winter ice hockey. But to access it you need to ask us for the link. Players can join this group if they want to play on a hockey team in the NCHL or team GMs in the league can access it to pick up players.
We know how hard it is sometimes to find the last 1-2 players you need to complete the roster for the winter ice hockey season. This is why we made this group, but it is only for team GMs that have a team in the NCHL. The NCHL is the only league to offer this service to your team because we want to make it easier to make, run and manage ice hockey teams and save your team GM time.
We also have a list of players we can share with your team GM. They just need to email us, and we will forward him or her everyone’s names and a way to contact these players. We will also invite your team GM to be part of the Facebook group for your city. There is literally no good reason why your team can not play this winter season.
PLAYERS LOOKING FOR A HOCKEY TEAM TO PLAY IN THE WINTER HOCKEY LEAGUE
If you are a player looking for a team, please check out this page and get on the list so you can find a team to play for this winter!
TO SUMMARIZE, BY AUGUST 1ST
1. Set up your hockey team on Breakout
2. Invite all your players to the team invoice you created
3. Cover the deposit by paying your own team fees and getting one or two more players on your team to do the same
4. Spend the next 60+ days recruiting the rest of the team. Don’t forget to use our Facebook group and the list we can send you.