Some important notes about the Player Evaluation Process:
This new and improved format has been approved for the following reasons:
Skills performed in one (1) 1 hour session to condense the former two sessions that were required. This improvement saves 1-2 hours and a trip to the rink for Starhawks families during player evaluation.
Skills performed in late February and during regular practice hours. This improvement reduces potential conflicts in late March/early April and reduces the April sessions to two (2) scrimmage sessions.
Skills make-up sessions will be scheduled in April using the same Skills Team.
After the Skills drills are completed, the on-ice director will allow the players to have a fun scrimmage. This scrimmage is not used for evaluation purposes. The purpose of the scrimmage is to use the remaining ice and let the players have some fun.
A reminder that all players are required to attend all sessions. If a player is going to miss a tryout session due to injury or illness, the President and/or Hockey Director must be notified in advance of the tryout session. We will schedule a make-up skills session, if needed.
No player will be allowed to tryout for next season unless all financial obligations to Starhawks Youth Hockey are current.
The Tryout Committee has selected coaches to a Skills Team to conduct the Skill’s portion of the player evaluation. This Skills Team will perform all Skills drills, including make-up sessions, to ensure consistency and objectivity throughout this portion of the player evaluation.
The first Skill sessions will require no registration fee for existing Starhawks players, though new players will be required to register (Online Registration on website), but check-in will be performed and pinnies given to all players.
More information regarding tuition, next year’s offering and Goalie skills will be posted as soon as it is available.
WELCOME TO THE STARHAWKS YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER EVALUATION POLICY
Thank you for participating in the Starhawk’s player evaluation. Our aim is to have a tryout process that allows all players an equal opportunity to demonstrate their hockey skills and place them at a competitive level that is equal to their ability. The skills and scrimmages that are planned will afford your player every opportunity to do his/her best and to give the evaluators a clear picture of the skaters' abilities.
Since tryouts can be stressful for both parents and players, we suggest that families prepare themselves for the event. A child will usually settle down after being on the ice for a short time, but because the sessions are limited the parents need to control their own stress and focus on helping their player(s) remain calm and ready to put their best effort forward.
The structure of the tryouts includes three major sections: Registration, Evaluation and Placement. Please take time to read the following information and if you have any questions, please ask the Coaching Coordinator(s) or Divisional Director. Please do not, in any case, approach the evaluators or on-ice staffs during the session because we have limited time on the ice and these volunteers need to focus on their responsibilities.
Please remember that Starhawks Youth Hockey is committed to the overall development of the players in the program. We try to stress elements of positive coaching and understand that the fundamentals of positive coaching include effort, learning and mistakes. Our players are reminded to try their hardest and learn from their mistakes. This is the foundation of mastering any subject, including hockey! Another cornerstone of the program is introducing or further teaching the concepts of teamwork, dedication and persistence. With proper direction, ice hockey will teach the players many lessons that are valuable for success in life.
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS?
The registration process has two components: online registration and rink registration. The online registration process is performed through the Starhawks website at www.Starhawks.net and must be done prior to the date of the first on-ice tryout session. Players must be registered with no outstanding balances from past or current Starhawk team or program offerings. NO PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ICE UNLESS THE PLAYER IS REGISTERED AND UP TO DATE WITH CURRENT PAYMENTS TO STARHAWKS YOUTH HOCKEY. (Please consult with the Treasurer, Erin Perry, if you have concerns with this policy or to setup and acceptable payment play to settle existing obligations.)
The rink registration is performed on the date of tryouts. Players must check-in with the tryout volunteers who will register the player and provide a tryout pinnie to be worn for evaluations. Please make sure the number can be seen clearly on the front and back of the pinnie to ensure accurate scoring by the evaluators
WHAT IS THE EVALUATION PROCESS?
The evaluation process will have two components: skills and scrimmages. The skills component will consist of a series of varied drills, designed by the Hockey Director and Coaching Coordinators and executed by the on-ice staff. These drills focus on skating, stopping and puckhandling. The drills will be timed by evaluators and therefore the players are all competing against the clock. The scrimmage sessions will be held in the second session. The scrimmages could include 3 on 3, 4 on 4 and 5 on 5 scrimmages. The on-ice coordinator will organize the scrimmages. Players may be mixed and rotated during these sessions. Scrimmages allow the proper evaluation of players on different fundamental aspects of ice hockey: skating, shooting/passing, aggressiveness, positioning and hockey sense.
Goalies will be asked to attend the scrimmage portion of the tryouts and then participate in a separate Goalie evaluation (To Be Announced in the Future).
HOW WILL TEAM SELECTIONS BE DETERMINED?
After the final session of each level, the scores will be entered into master spreadsheet. This entry is performed by a volunteer selected by President and checked for accuracy by the Board of Directors. The Hockey Director and Coaching Coordinators will then determine the preliminary rosters based on the number of players and scores, while allowing for adequate movement at the Fall Conditioning event. NO PLAYERS WILL BE PLACED ON A TEAM ROSTER UNLESS THE PLAYER IS REGISTERED AND UP TO DATE WITH THEIR PAYMENTS [The treasurer does reserve the right to allow players on the ice if acceptable payment plans have been approved and are current].
WHAT IS THE FALL CONDITIONING WEEK?
As many skaters continue to develop over the summer, the Starhawks Program understands that skaters may rise above other players during this period. The Fall Conditioning Week includes several sessions of drills and scrimmages that allow the Coaches, Coaching Coordinators and Hockey Director an opportunity to evaluate and select a few players from each team for movement. The Coaches will typically evaluate the players and then make suggestions to the Hockey Director and Coaching Coordinators for movement. The goal is to have the Final Rosters created and posted before the regular season begins. NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ICE UNLESS THE PLAYER IS REGISTERED AND UP TO DATE WITH THEIR PAYMENTS [The treasurer does reserve the right to allow players on the ice if acceptable payment plans have been approved and are current].
WHAT IF A PLAYER WANTS TO TRYOUT AT A DIFFERENT AGE LEVEL?
ALL skaters will tryout at their own age level. If there is a Massachusetts Hockey medical waiver requested to play at a younger level, or a legitimate reason to play at an older level, the skater will still ONLY tryout at their own level. The skater’s family requesting the age waiver will need to communicate their level request to the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinators and President, who will note the request on their tryout application. If it is determined that the player will play at the requested level, the player will be placed according to his tryout scores at this level's tryout.
WHEN WILL THE EVALUATION RESULTS BE AVAILABLE/WHERE CAN WE SEE THEM?
The goal is to have Preliminary Rosters available by the end of June and they will be posted on our website.
WHO WILL HAVE THE PLAYER'S SCORES AND WILL THEY BE MADE PUBLIC?
The Hockey Director and/or Coaching Coordinators will keep all scores and notes and will use them during the Evaluation Process. The scores will not be made public.
WHO WILL BE PRESENT DURING TEAM SELECTIONS?
The Hockey Director and Coaching Coordinators will schedule a Coaches meeting to review the preliminary rosters with the Coaches to ensure accuracy and completeness. The Final Preliminary Roster will then be presented to the Board of Directors by the Hockey Director for a vote and then will be released to the players and families.
WHAT IF AN EVALUATOR HAS A CHILD AT THE LEVEL HE/SHE IS EVALUATING?
Our goal is to ensure that no evaluator evaluates his/her own child. However, schedules could be adjusted due to unexpected circumstances. If that happens and someone ends up evaluating at his/her child's level, that evaluator will have no input regarding his/her own child; the child will be ranked and placed by the other evaluators only, using the regular selection process.
WHAT IF A PLAYER WANTS TO PLAY GOALIE AND OUT AS A PLAYER?
At the Mite and Squirt level, our goal is to have all players have the opportunity to play goal, if they wish. However, at the tryouts we will need to see all players skate out for the evaluation process and then goalies will have a separate goalie evaluation. Our process will have full-time goalies play in net during the scrimmage portions of the evaluation and part-time goalies play out. The evaluation process will have the full-time goalies to be placed at their evaluated level; however the part-time goalie will be placed as a player and goalie. Depending on placement, the player will be placed at the lower common denominator. For example, if the player is placed on the Squirt 3’s as a goalie and Squirt 2’s as a player, the player can choose to play out at the Squirt 2 level full-time or choose to play goalie and play out at the Squirt 3 level. Final decisions on this matter are conducted by the Hockey Director.
WHAT IF A SESSION IS MISSED FOR ANY REASON? FOR INSTANCE ILLNESS OR INJURY?
All players should attend all tryout sessions scheduled for your division. Since the accurate placement of your player depends on the evaluators seeing a good sample of his play and skills, your player should attend all the scheduled tryouts. However, we understand that problems can arise, and if your player is unable to attend, please contact the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinator or the President as soon as possible so we are aware of your absence. If sufficient players miss sessions at a particular level, the Hockey Director and/or Coaching Coordinators will designate “make-up” sessions at future dates to allow a proper evaluation to occur.
As the Starhawks Youth Hockey Program goes to long lengths to have an accurate and fair tryout experience, we hope that players and families remember that no process is ever perfect. Our goal is ensure that all players are evaluated properly and placed on a team at that player’s abilities to help them develop properly. If you have any constructive input or opinions about our process, please share these with the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinators, Divisional Managers or President. We strive to make the process the best that it can be and understand that with feedback we can continue to improve.
Also, please note that our volunteers make the tryout experience happen and if you feel that you can help, please let the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinators, Divisional Managers or President know.
Thanks again for participating in the Starhawks Youth Hockey tryouts. We look forward to your continued support and participation through the coming hockey season.
SESSION 3 STARTS MARCH 7th AND REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
This Program focuses on early-level hockey skills and skating for players between 4 and 12 years old.
No prior hockey experience is required to participate in this no pressure learn to love hockey experience. We do recommend some level of skating proficiency (get up, start, glide, stop and turn). For brand new skaters we recommend participating in one of the Learn to Skate offerings- See the Learn to Skate webpage for more information about these Programs.
House League Details:
When: Saturday mornings (10:50am) from November 15th through April in three 8-week sessions-join one or all ... LAST SESSION STARTS MARCH 7th!
Where: Northstar Ice Sports Center (15 Bridle Lane; Westborough, MA).
Cost: $80 for each 8-week session, your player will receive instruction from Starhawks coaches and High School players who all have hockey experience. If you sign up for the 24 weeks (all three 8-week sessions, Starhawks will have a special prize for you!);
Equipment: Full equipment is required and some will be available to borrow at the rink. For more information on equipment needed and how to dress your player, please visit our Equipment Page.
How: Please visit our On-Line Registration webpage to sign up for the House League in either two options: each 8-week session at a time or one 24-week session. Players who sign up for the 24-session option will be given a special gift!
The House League Program is spilt into three sections: 1) Beginners (skaters with starter skating experience); 2) Intermediate (skaters with at least one year of skating experience); 3) Advanced (skaters evaluated to have higher level skating experience). Our goal is to have the players at the best level for their skating and hockey development, so a player evaluation will be performed on the player's first time on the ice.
We will follow the USA Hockey American Development Model guidelines and have several stations for skills & skating development followed by small games. Fun will be stressed as the players develop their skating and hockey skills. USA Hockey has a great webpage for new hockey families, just click here.