COVID-19 (3/18 Update: Shelter in Place)

Updated March 18, 2020

Dear League Members,

Due to the recent “Shelter in Place” order issued by Bay Area county officials, we are suspending use of the remainder of ice slots for the Winter 2019-2020 season. For more information on the mandate, please refer to this helpful article:

Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know

We support everyone doing their part to flatten the curve. Please stay safe and healthy. We will keep you informed of any updates as they become available.



Updated March 13, 2020


After careful consideration, we’ve decided to cancel the remainder of our winter season. We feel obligated to do our part in implementing social distancing and not placing skaters at unnecessary risk. Avoiding a crowded locker room will help us achieve this goal.

Through March 21, 2020, we will cancel remaining games, the pre-evals skill clinic (originally scheduled March 17), and the Leaguewide Scrimmage (originally scheduled March 21). We plan to push evaluation sessions back by 2 weeks. We’ll work on an updated schedule and share with you all soon.

Ice the Next 2 Weeks
As we have purchased ice through the 21st, if you are a skater registered this season, you are welcome to use in a non-official capacity as a stick and shoot or pick up scrimmage. We will not have any scorekeepers or referees at these sessions. These will be skate at your own risk events.

Ice Oasis (both San Mateo and Redwood City locations) is looking to modify their schedule for the next week or 2 to implement robust cleaning procedures every 2 hours. If our ice slots get moved, we will notify you.

Our Ask to Protect our Community
We all have a responsibility to look out for each other and to stay away from the rinks if sick or exhibiting ANY symptoms. From the WHO website: Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you are confirmed to have COVID-19 or if you’re suspected to have it, and you have recently participated in an NCWHL event, or if you are at the rink in the next couple of weeks with other league skaters, please email We recognize the sensitivity around this and will ensure your privacy. It’s important for us to notify others to limit the possible exposure to our community. Your identity will be held private as we  communicate in broad terms such as “a X division skater” or “a participant at X ice slot.” Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Next Season
Evals start next Sunday, but are postponed, as well as the start of the next season. It is our plan and hope to offer a full-length summer season as soon as that makes sense. We will update once we have more information.

General Meeting
The General Meeting (April 11) has been canceled for now. We will evaluate alternatives such as a video meeting/written update. We look forward to scheduling a face-to-face meeting and social event with everyone in the near future! As a not for profit, we have an obligation to hold an annual meeting and elections. Elections for all Board positions, which usually take place at the General Meeting may need to be held online, so look for that to come in your email.

As we continue to get more information, the League will relay updates via email, Facebook and the Weekly newsletter.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,
Whitney Kirschbrown on behalf of NCWHL Board

March 8, 2020

Dear All,

Our League will be continuing to hold games, practices, and soon, placement sessions in San Mateo and Redwood City. In response to the coronavirus/COVID19 outbreak, we recommend that we follow guidances put forth by the CDC and WHO, as well as adhere to a list of recommendations from USA Hockey, which can be found here:

Beyond not showing up to the rink when you’re sick, and practicing good hygiene such as frequent hand-washing, some ‘hockey specific’ practices that should be followed for the foreseeable future include:

  • Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on
  • Use individual water bottles; do not share them
  • Towels should not be shared in any way

If you don’t feel comfortable participating in a game or practice, please notify your captains of your absence. Thanks for helping ensure the NCWHL community remains safe and healthy!

Best Regards,
Whitney Kirschbrown
NCWHL President

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Hockey 101: Beginners Welcome!

So, you’ve never given a single thought to the idea of playing ice hockey. Maybe you’ve been ice skating a couple of times in the past. Maybe you’re a fan of watching the pros on TV. But playing?? No. Way. What if we were to convince you otherwise? NCWHL offers many resources for women to get introduced to the sport. Let us convince you!

Give Hockey a Try Day

If you’re able to join us for our bi-annual GHATD (Give Hockey a Try Day), this is a fantastic way to get over the jitters with little commitment to purchasing gear or registering for a season. This super fun event is held at San Mateo Ice Oasis. For a small registration fee, our League provides full gear plus a little bit of light on-ice coaching. Then all skaters and goalies participate in a low-key fun scrimmage to end the evening! Most skaters that participate in this event have never played before and few have much skating experience. If that sounds like you, send us a message!

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Gear Sale

You attended GHATD and now you’re hopelessly HOOKED. Getting geared up for hockey can be an expensive venture, especially if you’re not sure what to get, how to fit it, what size to wear… Let our experts help you! Our League volunteers hold a Gear Sale after each GHATD and sells gently used gear for a small fraction of the cost of buying new. It makes getting started so much easier!

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Beginner Division

Ready to go? You tried hockey at GHATD. You got geared up. You’re ready for the next step, but you’re worried about not knowing anything about hockey, much less how to skate. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! NCWHL’s Green Division accepts all skaters and goalies at the beginner level from little experience to none at all. Our coaches will show you the ropes from skating, to stick-handling, to game rules. All games in Green Division are coached, too! Green offers a fun and supportive environment for complete beginners to flourish.

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Need More Info on Getting Started?

Visit our “Getting Started” page to learn everything you need to do to get registered and start scoring goals!

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