Starhawks Player Evaluation and Placement
Some important notes about the Player Evaluation Process:
- The evaluation format has been approved for the following reasons:
- Skills performed in one (1) session.
- Skills performed in early March 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 be for existing Starhawks players. No registration fee will be required, 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 program 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.
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 will have two components: on-line registration and rink registration. The on-line registration process is straightforward and allows our program to properly plan for the tryouts at the rink. We strongly suggest to perform the on-line registration process or contact the Treasurer to register before the actual tryout dates. 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].
On the date of the tryouts, tryout volunteers will register all players and hand out numbered pinnies to each player. Please make sure that the number on the pinnie is visually observable from both sides because the evaluators will need to see these to score the player.
WHAT IS THE EVALUATION PROCESS?
The evaluation process will have two components: skills and scrimmages. Two sessions of each component will be performed to properly evaluate the players. 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 will 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 a spreadsheet with the skills and scrimmage scores. This entry is performed by a volunteer selected by the President and checked for accuracy by the Hockey Operations team. 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 STARHAWK 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.
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