GREENWICH SKATING CLUB
HOCKEY TRYOUT PROCEDURES
Attention: Hockey Participants
As we close out the 2017-2018 season and look forward to tryouts in a few weeks, we would like to communicate the guidelines that will once again be used throughout the tryout process. Please keep in mind that tryouts are a difficult time for everyone. It is the goal of the Hockey Committee to place players where they will have the best opportunity to succeed and compete.
Team selection and player placement philosophy
The Hockey Committee is committed in its efforts to place each player on an appropriate team based on the individual merits of each player and his or her contribution to the team. While we are unwavering in our mission to be a family club, at the travel level, we are also committed in our efforts to create the most competitive teams that we can.
We believe that the selection process should be meritocratic and should be based on each player’s complete “body of work”.
In an effort to meet these commitments, the Hockey Committee will make sure that team placement is undertaken in the following manner:
1. The selection committee for each team consists of a group of evaluators with hockey experience and without any relationship to a player being evaluated.
2. The try-outs are fair and balanced and open to all eligible players.
3. The evaluation is systematic, structured, and rigorous.
Each player’s efforts, contributions and achievements to this years’ team are incorporated and are taken into consideration.
We believe that this will create the appropriate impartiality in the selection process and also will enable each player to be more completely evaluated - not only on the basis of a few tryout skates but also on his or her characteristics over a season.
Evaluation and Selection Process
The evaluation process will incorporate the following:
• Input from this year’s coaches (‘17 – ‘18)
Each coaching staff has completed an evaluation of his or her players based on their full year experience with each player. We think this provides a great perspective on each player in terms of practice participant and game competitor, teammate, as well as skills and hockey sense.
• Tryouts Detailed Scoring
Evaluators will all use a structured evaluation framework that will score players on a number of criteria. Evaluators will all be experienced hockey evaluators. There will be multiple evaluators at each tryout.
• Transparency and Impartiality
Parents of a player trying out for a team will be excluded from the evaluation process.
Girls Tryout Guidelines
We are as committed to the girls travel program as we are to the boys travel program. As such, we recognize that occasionally girls seek to play on boy teams.
A girl is welcome to tryout out for their respective Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam Team. The Hockey Committee has determined the following evaluation and selection process if a girl wants to try out for a spot on a Boys team (Squirt, Pee Wee or Bantam).
· If she is in her first year of a category (e.g. Squirt, Pee Wee or Bantam), she must make the A1 or A team but will not be considered for the B team.
· If she is in her second year of any category (Squirt, Pee Wee or Bantam), she must make the A team, but will not be considered for the A1 or B team.
Since the Squirt and PeeWee tryouts are a month before the girls U10 and U12 tryouts, there may be a situation where a girl makes the boys team but has not tried out for the appropriate girl’s team. Should this happen, she will need to accept or refuse her spot in the timing allowed for all players (usually one week after teams are announced). U14 and Bantam tryouts are on the same days so any girl wanting to try out for Bantam is also strongly encouraged to attend U14 tryouts.
Playing travel hockey is a commitment. While we understand participating in other activities, playing travel hockey is a commitment to a team and to a program. As such, we will expect attendance at practices, games and tournaments except for emergencies, to be approved by the Coach. The club expectations are as follows and each team’s coaching staff may provide additional guidelines:
• If your child is on a Travel team, they will practice twice per week and typically play 1-2 games per weekend. In addition there will usually be 2-3 tournaments throughout the year. Players are required to be at all tournaments, including their state tournaments that take place in February or March. Failure to participate in the State Tournament may result in exclusion from an A or A1 team the following season. GSC does not enter tournaments during Thanksgiving or Christmas. The expectation is that your child will participate in about 50 practices per year and play in about 30-35 games per year.
• If you think that the commitment level of playing in a travel team is too significant please let us know in advance as we go through the selection process. We are working on an enhanced version of the Outdoor Hockey League that may be a better option for those who would like to play competitive, developmental, local and fun hockey.
While the exact fees for the 2018-19 season will depend on several factors including outside ice time required and additional league play, our expectation is that the fees will be in line with this past season.
As the number of teams and roster spots per team will impact our planning process, it is critical for us to finalize commitment and rosters. As result, for the 2018-19 season, we will need you to accept your position on the team within a week of the teams being announced. At that time, a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 will be required.
This fee is not a tryout fee. It will be applied against your travel player fee for next year. Once your player’s spot is accepted and the deposit is paid, there will be no refunds. We budget the program based on participation and as such need everyone to honor these commitments.
Again we are already looking forward to the 2018-19 season. It is our hope that you share our enthusiasm. We believe that this process improvements and guideline will enable a smooth, fair and balance evaluation process and keep our program on the right track for a successful year. As always our goal is to place players where they will have the best opportunity to succeed and compete. Good luck in tryouts and, as always