Getting Started in Seniors

IHACT offers 4 leagues of senior hockey for new players to the sport or new players to Canberra. Our league are spread over summer and winter.

Summer Leagues

Women’s League: women and girls 14yrs plus, all skill levels

Senior D League: mixed beginner league for male and female players 18yrs plus

Winter Leagues

Senior C League: mixed intermediate league for male and female players 18yrs plus

Senior B League: mixed advanced league for male and female players 18yrs plus

Senior D and Women’s are association managed leagues with a league coordinator and Head coaches. The leagues have weekly league training sessions and games.

Senior C and B are self-managed leagues. The teams have a greater say in who is selected to play on their teams, management of the league and also manage the teams financial obligations.

Players new to sport are encouraged to attend IHACT Academy programs. The programs are split into male and female, running for 4-6 weeks before the season starts and offer new players the opportunity to learn basic skills in skating and puck handling.

All new players to IHACT need to attend either a Grading session for Senior D and Women’s or a Draft session for Senior C and B. These sessions allow our IHACT accredited coaches the opportunity to see and assess your skill level ensuring it is appropriate and safe for the league you wish to join.

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.

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 &

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 certified, manufactured specifically for ice hockey, include a chin strap and full face cage for juniors and female players. Senior male players can wear visors. Visors cannot be tinted or coloured and must cover your eyes and lower half of your nose at all times.

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.