For boys and girls aged 14yrs and 15yrs as at 31st December that year. At this level of hockey in Australia, it becomes full-contact and slap shots are allowed. Girls can and do continue to play in the Bantam League or can choose to play in the Women’s league which remains non-checking.
Due to player numbers in this age division, each year an assessment is made to determine the best way to run the league. This may be to combine with the Peewees or Midgets.
Bantams will also have the opportunity to try out for the Midget Travel Team competing in Ice Hockey NSW’s Midget competition. This a separate team from local leagues and parents and players will need to be prepared for additional training and travel to and from Sydney regularly.
Bantams are able to represent the ACT in the Kurt DeFris National Championships. It is a national tournament and players will compete against other state teams. Tryouts are held for all state teams and players will be required to attend additional training sessions and purchase their state team apparel.
Additional Bantam only tournaments are held through the year by other clubs that local players may participate in as part of the Canberra Phoenix Team. IHA also run National Development Camps each January – this is by invitation only.
If you would like more information about joining our Bantams League please contact the Junior Delegate.
Please note: Training, game times and league structure are subject to change depending on player numbers.