WMHA A Hockey is organized into two levels.
- A Hockey and Non-Body Contact (8 yrs to 12 yrs)
- A Hockey and Non-Body Contact – Direct Entry (13 yrs and Up)
For both levels teams are formed accoriding to WMHA Rules based upon the number of children registered at each age division. The number of registered players and the minimum/maximum roster size determines the number of teams to be entered. The number of teams entered then determines the number of teams at the A1, A2, and A3 level of play. The A1 level hockey represents the area association of St. Boniface Minor Hockey and these teams are known as the St. Boniface Seals. The A2 / A3 level of hockey respresent the host Community Centre and are known by the community centre’s nickname.
A Hockey and Non-Body Contact is divided up within the city into two leagues – East League and West League. SBMHA plays within the East League. The two leagues play amongst each other during the regular season and then the two are joined interlocking by standings for city playoffs. Within each age category there are three levels of play known as A1 A2 and A3 (Note at the 8 yr old level there is only the level of A1). Team Catagories are as follows:
- Novice – 8A1
- Minor Atom – 9A1 / 9A2 / 9A3
- Atom – 10A1 / 10A2 / 10A3
- Minor Peewee – 11A1 / 11A2 / 11A3
- Peewee – 12A1 / 12A2 / 12A3
SBMHA conducts tryouts, after registration, to determine the placement of childern onto the appropriate teams. During the tryout process the children are evaluated as recommended by Hockey Canada by independant evaluators.
Coaches for the A1 level are selected by the SBMHA board. Coaches should apply at registration. Coaches for the A2 and A3 levels are selected by the Community Centre which is hosting the A2 or A3 team.
At the conclusion of tryouts the A1 Coach(s) are given the highest ranked players for their team and then the coaches are allowed to select a remainder of their team (to the SBMHA determined roster size). The coaches at the A2 level are then given the next highest ranked players for their team and then the coaches are allowed to select a remainder of their team (to the determined SBMHA roster size). The A3 coaches are then given the remaining players.
A Hockey and Non-Body Contact – Direct Entry is a city-wide league. Within each age category there are three levels of play known as A1 A2 and A3.Team Catagories are as follows:
- Minor Bantam – 13A1 / 13A2 / 13A3
- Bantam – 14A1 / 14A2 / 14A3
- Minor Midget – 15A1 / 15A2 / 15A3
- Midget – 16-17A1 / 16-17A2 / 16-17A3
- Juvenile – 18-20A1 / 18-20A2 / 18-20A3
Coaches are preferred to be non-parent with the A1 level coaches selected by the SBMHA board and the A2 and A3 levels are selected by the Community Centre which is hosting the A2 or A3 team.
For Direct Entry the coaches conduct their own tryouts and select their entire team starting with the A1 coaches. After the A1 teams have been selected the A2 team will then be selected followed by the A3 teams. Maximum roster size is between 15 and 19 and again is determined by SBMHA.