In 1999 the minor ball hockey associations of British Columbia and Alberta founded the Western Challenge Cup (WCC). At that time there was no National or Western Championships for minor ball hockey competitors so it was decided this tournament would serve as a venue to challenge skilled minor ball hockey players with a chance to compete against other teams throughout BC and Alberta at a higher competitive level.
Since the start of the WCC tournament it has been hosted by Edmonton, Calgary and cities throughout the lower mainland of BC. This tournament has grown over the years with a participation expectancy of a minimum of 32 teams each year. This tournament occurs over a 4 day period usually during the middle of July.
It should be noted that after the 2011 WCC tournament in Edmonton there was a vote among the associations to reclassify the competing divisions. As a result and commencing in 2019 the age divisions eligible to play in the WCC are as follows:
U11 Division - players born in 2008 and 2009 (may include 2010 players if desired)
U13 Division - players born in 2006 and 2007
U15 Division - players born in 2004 and 2005
U17 Division - players born in 2002 and 2003
U19 Division - players born in 2000 and 2001