Merger of Competitive Teams

August 8, 2022

SSMHA Members,

Hopefully everyone is enjoying your summer as we prepare for the upcoming hockey season. The 2022-23 season will be here before we know it. Stay tuned for registration details. We encourage everyone to register early to help facilitate planning for the new season. We have alot of new board members. SSMHA is still in need of an Ice Scheduler.

As the last hockey season ended we had a proposal to combine competitive teams with Charlotte County moving forward. The Respective board members from each association voted on this proposal. The proposal was accepted by each board.

This proposal has been discussed the last few years and the boards from each association felt the timing was right to implement this season. Declining registration numbers specifically in U7 and U9 divisions was the main factor in this decision. This merger of competitive teams will provide more clarity to the parents going into the season on where their child will play. This will eliminate the last minute decisions on which association will host competitive teams in each division.

In conjunction with Charlotte County, we will host a competitive team in each division. CCMHA will host U9 Tier 2 and U13 divisions. SSMHA will host the U11 and U15 divisions. Home games and practices will all be played at the host teams arena. This only impacts the COMPETITIVE teams. Recreation level players will still be playing in their home association. CCMHA and SSMHA will each host a recreation team or teams in each level. This new format will not be a significant change from past seasons. For example last year U13 was combined in SSMHA and U15 was combined in CCMHA.

We realize with change there are always questions, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out, you can respond to myself, or VP of Comp. Chris Groom,

Our board will provide a information session if needed.

Thank you for your support in helping us provide the best possible experience for all players.

Sean McSorley

SSMHA President