Creating A Team

Forming a New Team

If you want to form a new team in GAARA for an upcoming season, you must obtain Board approval. Please send an email to, and prior to March 31, 2024. The email must contain the following information:

  • Division applying for (please see Operational Procedures Manual - Team Eligibility & Registrants Policy for more information)

  • Team name

  • Preliminary list of players (names, year of Birth, last team they played for (e.g. Nepean U19B, GAARA Les Girls B) and the year/season (2023-34; 2018-19)(you must have 13 to form a team)

    • If any players are new to GAARA, or have not played in the previous three seasons, they must submit a player evaluation (once team is accepted and prior to registering), which can be found on our Forms and Documents page

  • Whether you have a goalie

  • Proposed jersey colours

  • Will you provide your own ice times for your home games, or will you need to be part of the GAARA ice pool (see below for additional information and requirements)

 Once the team has been accepted into the league you will be provided registration instructions.

Home Ice

During the regular season, each team plays 11 home games. In order to provide the ice time needed for these games, teams can either enter their own contract with the City or use the GAARA ice pool.

Teams that provide their own ice must provide a minimum of 13 hours to GAARA for scheduling. The location, day and time must be approved in advance by the Board before you commit to the contract with the City. See Operational Procedures - Team Eligibility & Registrants Policy, Section 1.9.2 for further details. Please take note that currently we cannot accommodate any additional Sunday hours.

Teams that join the GAARA ice pool have their ice provided through GAARA’s contract with the City of Ottawa. Home game times and locations will vary throughout the year. Payment to GAARA to cover the cost of this ice is part of the team registration process. Note: While new teams can apply to be part of the GAARA ice pool, acceptance is not guaranteed.

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