Division Notes

  • Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
  • The ESSC Division offerings are based on the experience and skill level of a team - not on a team's competitive behaviour. All ESSC players and teams are expected to play with a ‘fun-first, winning-second’ attitude regardless of their division.
  • The ESSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on a team's past results. The ESSC gathers statistics on all registered teams each season, and strives to align the divisions as fairly as possible.
  • The ESSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The ESSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
  • If the ESSC feels that a division has a clear skill discrepancy during the regular season, teams may be moved up or down a division mid-season, or in some cases a division will be split come playoff time to allow for multiple Championships.
  • For certain sports, when possible, the ESSC incorporates a seeding round as part of the regular season schedule. In these cases, divisions will be re-aligned and standings reset after the completion of the seeding round. For 16 Week Leagues that incorporate a seeding round, standings will not always be reset after the completion of the seeding round, but division realignment will still occur.


This division will feature teams that may have some skilled players, but also many inexperienced players. The majority of players in this division might be new to the fundamentals of ball hockey, including; passing, shooting and ball-handling. Teams in this division must have a “fun first” approach to every game. If several of the players are competitive in nature, the team should move up to a higher level. In this division, sportsmanship ratings will have a more direct impact on each team's standings than in higher divisions.

Recreational Plus

This division is for more experienced teams. Players can shoot and pass with accuracy, goalies are more skilled, and the team is looking for more of a challenge than the Recreational level. Not all players in this division need to be highly skilled; but teams typically have a few players experienced in the sport.