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Player Evaluations Parent/Player Information

Skills Team volunteers will coordinate and execute all skills sessions, including make-up sessions, to ensure consistency and objectivity throughout the player evaluations.  The on ice sessions will focus on skating skills, puck handling, agility and scrimmage. This is to properly evaluate the player's hockey skills and abilities.

Player Evaluation Attendance

Players are to attend the age/last name skills session (1) in March and the two (2) scrimmage sessions in April.

  • Players are to attend ALL of their appropriate evaluation sessions. All players should attend all player evaluations 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.
  • If a player is not able to attend a player eval session due to injury or illness, the President and/or Hockey Ops Director must be notified IN ADVANCE of the player evaluation session.
    • However, we understand that problems can arise. Please contact the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinator or the President as soon as possible if your player is unable to attend so evaluator can be aware of your absence.
    • Make-up Skills Session will be held in April for new players and players that were unable to attend their previous time slot. 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.
  • Goalies will be asked to attend the scrimmage portion of the player evaluations. Goalies will participate in a goalie evaluation. Please see the schedule on the home page for goalie evals. Also register under the goalie registration for organizational purposes.
  • Goalies: Mites and Squirts: Our goal is to have all players have the opportunity to play goal, if they wish.  However, at player evaluations we will need to see all players skate out for the evaluation process and then goalies will have a separate goalie evaluation. 
    • 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.
  • 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 attend their player evaluation 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 player evaluation application. If it is determined that the player will play at the requested level, the player will be placed according to their player evaluation scores at this level's evaluation.

Parent and Player Player Evalution Tips

Player evaluations can be stressful for both parents and players so a few suggestions for parents and players. Parent encouragement to play hard and have fun during the player evaluation process will do MORE to promote a successful player evaluation than pushing your player to "be the best in tryouts so you can move up a team level".

  • Parents main focus should be helping their child(ren) to remain calm. If the parent is anxious then your child may become more anxious.
  • Each player(child) already knows they want to do 'their best', whatever their best is.
  • Simple, positive encouragement to your child to put their best effort forward on the ice is a great motivator. Most children will settle down after being on the ice for a short time.
  • If you see your child having an on ice issue, please do not, in any case, approach the evaluators or on-ice staff during the session because we have limited time on the ice and these volunteers need to focus on their responsibilities.
  • As is the case in most youth sports, what particular team level a player plays at as a 6 to 14 year old rarely affects their later years. In fact, in most cases the relative ability ranking of players in a sport changes greatly over these years, so no  single placement for a given season should be, nor is, creating a 'track' for a kid. The high school and college rosters of ALL sports are filled with players who ranged a variety of levels in their early development. The most critical factor for later years is - to still be playing!!! Kids will keep playing as long as adults don't mess it up and make it no longer FUN.
  • We prioritize players having fun, players wanting to return next season, and improving hockey skills in that order, and that is regardless of team placement level.

No player will be permmited to participate in any on ice scrimmage player evaluation session unless all outstanding family balances previous financials and the 2019/20 $250 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit are PAID IN FULL.[The treasurer does reserve the right to allow players on the ice if acceptable payment plans have been approved and are current].