Cost and Benefits of Playing AAA Hockey (Lambton Jr. Sting AAA Hockey )

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Welcome to Lambton AAA


‘AAA’ hockey teams consist of a team of players who excel at hockey and make it possible for your child to learn and grow with players of similar abilities.  Our purpose is to further develop and refine the hockey skills of your son or daughter to their fullest potential.  Every player is expected to contribute and play as a team member.  ‘AAA’ hockey is much faster, harder hitting and played with greater intensity than home center hockey.  With 15 skaters of similar strengths, the potential is there for more play making and team passing – a more exciting game!  We believe that your child will improve and develop their hockey skills faster and better than if they played at any other level of hockey.  Ask other parents and players who’ve been involved to share their “AAA” experience.

Parent/Player Frequently Asked Questions


Ø    REGISTRATION for the 2019/20 season is $3,500.00.  $875 is due on card signing day and the remaining balance ($2,625 is payable in 3 monthly installments of $875 (post-dated cheques for Sept  1 , Oct 1 and Nov 1 payable to Lambton AAA).  There are no admission fees to regular season or playoff games.

Player Fees: what does the player get for their $3,500?

Practice Time ( 2 /wk, mid Aug to mid March)

60 sessions x 1.5 hrs


Approximately 45 games (reg + playoff)


AAA Skill session Development Sessions


AAA High Performance Hockey Camp

7.5 hours on ice





equipment & supplies (jerseys, socks, first aid..)      $       380
 Three tournaments           300
 Player Development (excluding ice fees)               260
 Development of highly skilled, motivated & qualified coaching staffs               240
 Referees             160
 Flex pack ticket package               125
 Professional services & banking               100
 Hockey alliance of Ontario costs               90
 Pictures, year end banquet                 80
 Baseline concussion test                 25
 Total Value          $4000
 note: all figures are estimates and may vary from actual.    

TRYOUTS - Try out fees are $80 if paid by March 31, 2019. $100 from April 1, 2019 on.  Every player shall attend the first two tryouts.  Following this, coaches will begin making their selections and updated Tryout Rosters will be posted on the website under each individual team’s home page.


AAA – Lambton AAA has a couple of fundraisers that each player must participate in.  There is an Elimination draw (50 [email protected] $5 = $250 to be sold) which is included in player registration fees.

TEAM - A team budget is set and approved by each team to cover tournaments, equipment, ice time, team events, etc … A member of each family must sign the team approved budget to acknowledge agreement.  A copy of the signed budget is then sent to the Treasurer. 

Players can recoup part or all of the additional costs by securing sponsors and/or fundraising.

Ø  EQUIPMENT –  Lambton AAA will provide each player with a home and away sweater and socks which are the players to keep.  It is mandatory that each player wear black pants and black helmets.  Lambton AAA approved pant shells are available but are purchased at the discretion of individual teams and, if approved, would be included in the team budget.  Goalies may wear their current moulded headgear regardless of colour.

Ø  DRESS CODE - Each team implements a dress code for all games and Sting functions.   A team may wish to purchase coats, wind suits, hats, etc with the approved Sting logo with the cost being the responsibility of each player.

Ø  TOURNAMENTS - Each team may participate in up to 4 tournaments/exhibition weekends during regular season.  Entry fees for tournaments range from $900.00 to $1,700.00. Fees for three tournaments are included in player registration fees ($5,000 per team). Tournament costs above this are the responsibility of the team.   Admission fees for tournaments range from no fee to $25.00 per person per weekend.  All travel costs are the responsibility of the individual parents/players.

Ø  NON PARENT HEAD COACH EXPENSES - Each team with a non-parent Head Coach and non-parent assistant coaches reimburses the non-parent Coaches a set amount as determined by the Board.  This covers meals, gas allowance, hotels, etc … 


The season is comprised of approximately 32 regular games, starting early September and finishes in January/February depending on the age.   Play-offs extend into March.   On average, each week a team will have a home and away game, as well as 1-2 practices.  Including league, tournament and exhibition games, teams play anywhere from 70-80 games throughout the season.


The STING play in the West Division, Pavilion League of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, along with Chatham, Elgin, Windsor, Sun County and London in the West and Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Brantford, Cambridge, and Huron Perth in the East.



REGISTRATION: The Lambton Junior Sting have created and maintained one of the most affordable AAA Hockey Program in Ontario. We have taken great pride in this fact. The Sting also provide an opportunity for every Sting Family to generate fundraising revenue to cover much of the organizational costs if they wish to do so. Paying for Sting Hockey is also flexible. Registration can be paid either in full or in the form of monthly payments four (4) post-dated cheques.

Your registration fee provides you with the following Sting Hockey Program:

Top Quality Coaching                                                                                                                                              
OHF Certified Goalie Consultants to work with every team
Eight 90 minute practices each month
Elite Fitness & Nutrition Program
30-32 League Games
6-20 Post Season games
No Gate Fees
Two pairs of Game Socks
Individual & Team Photos
Alliance/Hockey Canada Fees
Hardworking & Committed Executive                                                                                                                    Development Program with Positional Experts (Defense,Goalies,Forwards)                                       
AAA High Performance Hockey Camp (7.5 on-ice and dryland session)


FUNDRAISING: The Lambton Junior Sting gives families the opportunity to recover much of organizational costs through optional fundraising activities. It is a facet of our program that we take great pride in as “AAA” hockey should be available to everyone.

EQUIPMENT: Sting game sweaters, and game socks will be provided by the organization. Black helmets and Pants are mandatory. We also recommend that your next purchase of hockey gloves be Black. The only exception will be goaltenders' equipment.

CLOTHING: Sting  branded clothing and Sting branded products are proudly worn or used by our players and their families.

FITNESS, NUTRITION & OFF-ICE CONDITIONING: The Lambton Sting continue to develop their off-ice program to complement their on-ice program. This year, the Sting will be provide a comprehensive off-ice program with a range of potential modules tailored to each age group including sports fitness, goal-setting, sports nutrition, and other aspects of off-ice conditioning. We are very pleased to continue to assist our players as they adopt the necessary fitness routines and lifestyle choices required to compete at the highest level.

When is the time for my child to play AAA hockey ??
If you can honestly say that your child is clearly one of the top skilled players currently on their Home Centre team, then truthfully answer the following:

Ask Yourself If You Would Say “No” To These 3 Questions…
Is my child challenged to give 100% effort in their practices by their coaches and team-mates?
Is my child challenged to give 100% in their games by their coaches, team mates and opposition?
Is my child learning necessary team skills? (or are they and a few others carrying the team)

Then Ask Yourself If You Would Say “Yes” To These 3 Questions…
Does my child have the passion and commitment for the game of hockey?
Do I want my child to be involved with a hockey program that is focused on excellence?                                                               Do I want to surround my child with team mates who share the same skill, passion and commitment?

Then Ask Yourself One More Question…
If you lived in a large urban centre which had a House League program, an “A” Team, a “AA” Team and a “AAA” Team and your child was clearly good enough to play on the “AAA” Team...

Which team would your child play on?


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