Overview of Skills
Evaluators will consider all skills when scoring the players. The following is a general overview of hockey skills that evaluators will consider. In Novice Atom, and Peewee the evaluators will be using the evaluation spreadsheet. The seeding skates will consist of age appropriate drills designed to allow players to demonstrate their particular level of ability. Players will generally be evaluated in on-ice groups of 25-40 players. Each on-ice group of players will be further split into an appropriate number of sub-groups to ensure an efficient evaluation process. After the completion of all seeding skates within a category, players will be ranked within their category and that ranking will be used to place them into groups for the scrimmage games.
Skating/Skills/Tactics/Compete/Battle - will be evaluated during scrimmages.
Player Evaluation Process for U9/U11/U13
Players will have three skates. The first skate will be Seeding Skates with timed drills that will evaluate the players forward and backward skating. Should the player fall during the drills, it will be at the discretion of the on-ice evaluator to determine whether a retry is warranted. All times are then entered into a spreadsheet and players are ranked from highest to lowest. From these timed drills the skate groups will be formed and the players will move into groupings for the first scrimmage. All players will have two scrimmages. Please keep in mind that there will be approximately 2.5 teams allocated in each skate group. Once the second scrimmages are complete teams will be formed.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE TO U13 PLAYERS**
SAME AS LAST YEAR - THIS YEAR EVALUATIONS WILL BE NOT BASED ON POSITION. Players will rotate through forward and defence during the scrimmages.
The evaluation of goaltenders is made difficult due to the specialized nature of the position and the unique abilities and experience required of the evaluators. Those players wishing to be evaluated as a goalie in the Atom and Peewee categories must commit to playing goal on a full time basis throughout the season. A goaltender technical skill skate will be held for all goalies. Attendance is mandatory for all players that wish to evaluate as goaltenders. At this skill skate, all goaltenders will be evaluated by independent, non-parent evaluators and subsequently seeded into one of the groupings for the remaining scrimmage sessions. The weight of the technical skills is 75% and the scrimmages are 25%.
Goaltender Scoring Sheet