FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I join a team?
A: Before each season (Fall/Winter and Summer), GSHL conducts at least four free evaluation skating sessions. During these sessions, you will be put through several drills (skating, shooting, passing, etc.) and then play in a light scrimmage. League officials will grade you and place you in the appropriate level for teams currently in the league. After the final evaluation, captains of teams looking for players will conduct a draft based on player rankings. The captain of the team drafting you will contact you after that.
Q: How many evaluations do I need to attend? Do I have to register beforehand?
A: You only need to attend one evaluation session to be eligible to play. Pre-registration is not necessary as these evaluations are completely free. However, in order to play, you must be registered and paid with GSHL.
Q: Why do I need to register with USA Hockey?
A: USA Hockey is the governing body for amateur hockey in the United States. They supply the basic rules, format, and supplemental insurance for rinks, players, and officials. This also helps us keep costs lower by not having to track down everyone's insurance cards and all the rinks require USA Hockey membership for their liability as well.
Q: I missed the evaluation skates. Can I still join a team?
A: Feel free to contact the league. New players may be placed onto teams before December 1 for Winter season and before July 1 for Summer season. A league official will decide which level and team to place you. If it is after those roster deadlines, we will place you on a contact list for next season's evaluation skates and help you get on a team for the following season.
Q: I have never played before. Can I still learn to play hockey?
A: Yes! GSHL is committed to providing ample opportunity for the novice/beginner adult player. A vast majority of players in GSHL started as adult beginners and we are always welcoming to those players. Currently, GSHL is evaluating the best methods for adult beginner players and will post those on the website when they are determined.
Q: What are the costs? Does the league provide equipment?
Q: Does the league provide equipment?
Q: At which rinks does GSHL play?
A: The GSHL plays at Olympicview Ice Arena, Lynnwood Ice Center, Kent Valley Ice Centre, Showare Center and XFINITY Arena (both main arena and the Community Ice Rink).
Q: Is there any choice about nights and rinks?
Q: Can I move up or down a level?
A: Yes. You can either come out for an Evaluation Skate to get rated and placed, or occasionally a player knows a captain that will take a player up or down to their team. As players get older, some move to the over 40 league. Some beginners move up a division a year as their skating and skills improve.
Q: What is the 40+ league?
A: The 40+ league is for players over 40. The pool of eligible players is re-drafted into teams every season. The skills of the players may vary, but the teams are drafted in a way to create parity. Each player is rated 1-10 and all the 1's get drafted first, etc. until all the players are drafted. A player new to 40+ should come to an Evaluation Skate and get rated. Existing players will pretty much keep their old rating. The captains will meet before each season, draft players, and notify their teams.
Q: Is body-checking allowed?