Evaluation games will be taking place this weekend for the final placement of players into their teams for the remainder of the season. Coach feedback will also be solicited based upon all practices and games in our current phase.
U15 TEAM MAKEUP
There will be seven teams formed through the process. We will have four checking teams placed in Tiers 1, 2 and two in 3, and three non-checking teams placed in Tiers 4, 5 and 6 in the EFHL (Edmonton Federation Hockey League).
All players within their cohorted mini-team are scheduled to play in two evaluation games this weekend to be subjectively evaluated by a committee. With the cohort rules, we will only be able to evaluate players amongst the other teams in their current cohort, however, that will not limit the movement of players up or down based on the cumulative evaluation process. Please ensure that your player’s jersey number has been uploaded to TeamSnap and is correct.
After this weekend of evaluation games, we will run a normal goaltender evaluation session on October 20th.
The Covid factor – we realize that a number of players are currently in isolation, we will utilize all the information available (coach feedback) to place these players on teams.
All Mini-Team Head Coaches will receive a feedback form. This will be an additional subjective component of evaluations this year. Coaches will be asked to provide subjective feedback on the players within their Development Group. The feedback will be relative to the specific group and should be based on many of the skates completed. This will be another source of information that we will take into consideration when forming teams.
We will be utilizing the resources at our disposal to form teams based on the results of the evaluation games and coach feedback. This could result in player movement both up and down throughout the Development Groups and onto our tiered teams. Cohort groups will remain together, and teams will be formed and communicated on October 27th. The SPMHA Executive will continue to provide updates as they are received, and we look forward to seeing our players represent the Association in a safe manner. For U15, the EFHL team creation deadline is October 29, with games starting after November 14.
CHECKING VS NON-CHECKING
Cohorts Alpha and Bravo and Charlie-1 contain players who identified as wishing to participate in checking hockey. Due to the fact that we will only have four checking teams, consisting of a maximum of 19 players (17 skaters + 2 goaltenders), only 76 players who wish to play checking hockey will end up on tier 1, 2, and 3 teams. This means that some players will move into the non-checking section of the division. The same evaluators will be utilized for evaluating Bravo and Charlie groups, so all players moved out of Bravo (checking) and into Tiers 4, 5, and 6 (non-checking) will be placed according to where they rank cumulatively against the rest of the division. This means, for example, that a player may move from the Bravo checking group onto a Tier 4, 5 or 6 team, dependent upon where their skill lies overall. Because your player is in the Alpha, Bravo or Charlie-1 Cohort, does not guarantee them a spot on a checking team.
Friday, October 16- Sunday, October 26
U15 Evaluation Games
Tuesday, October 27
Wednesday, October 28
U15 Physical distanced practices begin with new teams
Saturday, November 14
EMHA Season scheduled to begin
MY CHILD HAS BEEN “MISPLACED”
This is by far the most difficult time of year for a parent during their child’s hockey season. We set expectations for ourselves and our children and not all those expectations are met. Team creation decisions are based on subjective results/feedback. Are all of you going to agree with those decisions? No. For those of you who feel that your child has been misplaced in a Development Group, it should be apparent to not only yourself, but the coaches, the other players, and the spectators. This should be reflected in the coach feedback or during the evaluation games.
If you feel that your child has been misplaced in the team creation phase, the first thing that you should do is take a deep breath. Your child’s hockey experience will be a direct reflection of the attitude and opinions communicated to him/her. You are more than welcome to contact myself or David Kozicki, VP Senior Division, to discuss their placement.
Thank you to all for your patience and understanding as we work to make sure your child has a great modified hockey season!