In IP (4, 5 and 6 years old) teams are only allowed to use a goalie under limited conditions, and only for a relatively small part of the season. Even on those occasions where a team is allowed to use a goalie, each and every participant must be offered the opportunity throughout the season – so it’s unlikely that anyone would have multiple chances to be the goalie at this very young age.
In Novice (7 and 8 years old) teams are expected to have a goalie for all games – but BMHA Coaches/Teams are expected to continue to offer opportunity to all Players on the team, meaning a fair rotation of non-dedicated goalies at all levels of Novice.
At the start of every season, all Novice aged players are evaluated on their skating and other hockey abilities (NO Goalie Evaluations at Novice) and then they are grouped into teams based on skill level. Once on a team, Players may all ask their Coach if they are interested in playing goaltender throughout the season. Every one who expresses interest will get a turn playing goal on a rotational basis.
Coaches are each provided goalie equipment, for Players to share among their team, at IP and Novice Levels.