DS Program (St. Catharines Female Hockey Association)

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DS stands for Development Stream, and was initiated by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA, our governing body) to provide an opportunity for girls who wish to have an extra level of development, instruction and competition.

Each year, DS Program offerings are authorized by the OWHA. House League players and goaltenders interested in further skills development opportunities are invited to attend DS Tryouts, usually held in November. Teams are typically established by December and play through the remainder of the season. The DS Program gives House League players a chance to experience a slightly higher level of competition through extra training and facing teams of other leagues.

Teams are formed on a tryout basis (schedule below), and are on the ice no more than an additional 10 - 15 times throughout the remainder of the year for practices, exhibition and tournament games. The DS program starts at the U11 age group. There will be one team for each age division. 

The U11, U13, U15 and U18 DS program officially start in the Fall of 2024. There may be games/tournaments during Christmas, March Break and Easter weekend.