Mini-teams for the developmental season have been posted to TeamSnap with Team Leads and practice times for the upcoming weekend.
3 Cohorts of up to 50 people (including players and coaches) were formed to make Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie cohort groups. All Alpha and Bravo mini-teams were created with checking players and will play checking games within the cohort. Charlie is a non-checking cohort, but Charlie-1 is comprised of players that identified as wanting to check and will be able to practice as a checking team.
As we move out of the development phase and into competitive play, players will be evaluated and moved accordingly.
Below is more information on the next steps and there will be more information and the opportunity to ask questions at the parent meeting on September 24th at 8pm via google meet.
NEXT STEPS FOR TEAM CREATION
A reminder that the decision to place players into Development Groups was primarily based on the concept that performing a standard evaluation process for the scale of SPMHA’s divisional size was simply not feasible. The standard process evaluation during a “normal year” involves a myriad of player movement, evaluation games more player movement and more evaluation games. The AHS Phase 2 guidelines required an isolation period when changing cohorts, which would add a delay to the process. The concept of physically distanced skates for evaluations would require fewer registrants per skate, which would add another delay. Add all these delays up and it seemed inefficient to try to administer the process, which led us to placement in development cohorts.
So, you have been placed into cohorts and are back on the ice. Now what?
Currently we are in the Development Phase. To move to the Modified Competition phase, which would include regular sized teams and games, we would first need approval from Hockey Alberta (which will be guided by Alberta Health). Following that determination the Association would determine in what form the Modified Competition phase will take place and regular sized teams will be formed. At this time we would anticipate evaluations for placement of players will take into account two factors, Evaluation Games and Coach Feedback.
All players within their mini-group will play in two evaluation games to be subjectively evaluated by a committee of evaluators. 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.
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 subject 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 by the Development Group. This will be another source of information that we may 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. Cohort groups will remain together, and teams will not be formed or communicated until we have a firm date for the start of the Modified Competition phase. We would be required to isolate the teams for a period of 2 weeks prior to that date, with potentially only physically distanced practices over this period before forming new team cohorts. 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.
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!