Substitute Players

A benefit to playing in the DWHL is our Substitute Player Policy.  Both rostered (assigned to a team) and freelance subs are supported.  Subbing allows us to ensure a minimum number of players at each game, reducing the chances of 7 v 11 games.  Note: subs are not allowed in any playoff games.


Rostered players can sub for free in any division game their team is not playing for free. 

Freelance subs register to sub for the season, at any time during the season for approximately $25 per game.  Sign up will open after January 9th.

The day before the game

Approximately 24 hours before a game, we will send an email out to all eligible players in the division to sign up as a sub.  Sign up online, then show up at least 20 minutes before game time.  We will assign you to a team 15-20 minutes before the game.

We use Teamsnap’s Availability feature to find out how many players are not available for each game.  If any team has less than 13 skaters 24 hours before a game, we send out an email to all registered subs and teams not in the game.  We treat goalies separately.  


If you sign up to sub and don't show up for the game it causes the teams to be unbalanced and prevents other subs from playing.  If you fail to show up for 2 games, you will not be allowed to sub for the rest of the season.

Rostered Players

In addition to the 10+ games and/or practices your team plays in a season,  you can play in any other regular season games you are available.  We ask that all rostered players update their availability if they know they CANNOT make a game.  This allows us to identify the number of sub spots for each game.

Non Rostered Players

  1. Make sure you have a current USA Hockey registration.
  2. Sign up for the Spring 2022 season here.
  3. Watch your email for division assignments and up coming game signups.