CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – Girls pay more to play hockey in Chilliwack than boys. News1130 is talking with a mom fighting against paying over $150 more per player.
“It doesn’t seem fair,” says Kim Callaghan, whose daughter Tara faced suspension when they refused to pay.
“There’s nothing written in policy on anywhere, even on the registration forms, about these extra fees. They basically had a piece of paper taped to the desk,” she adds.
When Callaghan confronted the Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association, they said it was for ice fees. But when it was calculated out, the CMHA changed its reasoning. “Because the girls team are smaller than the boys teams.”
The $157 additional fee is on top of $665 per player in the league.
“The female teams in Chilliwack compared with the female teams anywhere in the Fraser Valley are already up there at the top level of registration costs, before these extra fees,” argues Callaghan.
She feels the fee is discriminatory. “I think they need to re-evaluate or they are going to destroy the female hockey division within Chilliwack.”
Callaghan adds there is now talk of creating a girls association, in order to compete for the ice time.
Chilliwack Minor Hockey’s committee plans to meet January 19th. Repeated calls to the CMHA have not been returned.
Editor’s Note: Story was changed due to error in quote from Kim Callaghan.