Junior players, both boys & girls, can begin to play ice hockey at any age with IHACT offering age divisions from 5 years. Ice hockey is broken up into the following junior age divisions:
- Atom - 5yrs to 11yrs
- PeeWee– 12yrs & 13yrs
- Bantam – 14yrs & 15yrs
- Midget – 16yrs to 18yrs
The junior seasons run from March/April through to September with breaks over school holidays. Each league has its own training session mid-week with IHACT accredited coaches and plays games at least once a week. Our coaches develop player’s skills in skating, puck handling and sportsmanship. Players in our Atoms & Pee Wee divisions also rotate through the different positions on the ice throughout the season ensuring players experience all aspects of the game.
Our junior leagues are mixed and are non-checking until Bantam; in line with IHA guidelines. Non-checking means our players are not able to body check players of the opposing team. From Bantam age onwards female players can choose to join the women’s league.
IHACT offers Come & Try Day’s at the end and/or beginning of each season followed by an academy program for new players to begin to learn and develop basic skating and puck handling skills. This is usually a 10 week program broken in to two Blocks of 5). The program run before the new season starts with all equipment provided.
New players can also contact Phillip Ice Skating Rink for more information on personal or group skating lessons with ACT Figure Skating coaches.
All players are required to wear the following protective equipment while playing or training with IHACT. Equipment can be hired from the association for the players 1st season however, this is provided on a first in first served basis, please contact the Junior Delegate for more information.
While the amount of equipment required to play ice hockey can seem over whelming, there are many ways to find or purchase gear:
- Most ice rinks will have a pro shop and sell gear. The pro shop at the Phillip rink will be restocked for the upcoming season!
- HACT Members will often sell gear on the Members Facebook page or through online sites such as Gumtree
- Skaters Network in Sydney provide expert help when buying your first set of gear. They also offer beginner kits for children and adults.
- Gear can also be purchased online through stores such as icemonster.com.au & hockeymonkey.com
Below is complete list of the equipment you'll need to play ice hockey.
SKATES: Hockey skates have a rounded heel and no toe pick and are an essential piece of equipment. Skates should fit snugly to prevent movement. It’s recommended to try skates on before purchasing.
STICK: Made commonly made from composite materials such as fibre glass or wood. Sticks can vary in flex, length and curve.
HELMET: Helmets must be a certified, manufactured specifically for ice hockey and include a chin strap and full face cage for juniors and female players. .
MOUTH GUARD: To protect teeth and minimise the risk of concussion. All players under 20yrs must have a mouth guard when on the ice.
NECK GUARD: Helps prevent injury from skates, sticks and pucks to the neck and throat. All players under 18yrs must have a neck guard when on the ice.
SHOULDER PADS: Protect the upper body including the collar bone, upper arms, upper chest and back.
ELBOW PADS: Protect the elbow joint and arms.
HOCKEY GLOVES: Protect the hands and wrist from skates and pucks.
HOCKEY PANTS: Shorts which incorporate pads that protect the thighs, pelvic, hip and tailbone.
PELVIC PROTECTOR: A portable protective cup designed to protect the groin, these are available for male and female players.
SHIN GUARDS: Assist in protecting the knee joint and frontal bones of the leg.
SOCKS: Cover the shin pads and protect the skin from the ice. Socks cover the leg from the top of the skate to the knee or above.
SOCK TAPE: Secures the sock to the leg and keeps them in place while playing. A garter or under garments designed for hockey can also be used.
JERSEY: Covers the shoulder and elbow pads and protects the skin from the ice. All players should own a black and a white coloured jersey.
UNDER GARMENTS: Protective layer between your body and gear often with moisture or sweat control.
HOCKEY BAG: A large bag to carry your equipment. Bags designed for hockey work best.