Pre-season and Sort- outs Evaluations

What is the difference between Rep B and House League evaluations?

The evaluation process is similar in each level. In Rep B, the players not selected for the team are released to OMHA House League for continued assessment and placement on a team.

What is covered in the “try-out” fee for the competitive level?

The competitive division consists of multiple levels. Minor Peewee and younger consists of competitive levels from AA to Rep B. Major Peewee and older levels include AAA to Rep B.

To register for a competitive team tryout, you must go to the appropriate associations to register at each level. All levels are separate identities and administered by different boards.

Registration at the competitive levels is usually open in June with prorated fees on early registration. Please check the appropriate association website for information pertaining to the tryout.

When do competitive/house league tryouts begin? What is the process?

Depending on the level Tryouts can begin as early as the second week of August for the AAA level.

Once the AAA have completed their teams then the AA and A level tryouts begin.

The Rep B Tryout begin after the AA and A levels, usually the first week of September (Labour Day Weekend).

The House League Sort out are done a week after the Rep B have started as a standard.

Always verify the association(s) website for up to date information and process for the upcoming year.

At the competitive level, if you do not make a team you are released back to the home association. If you are registered for the level below the one you were just released from, you will move to that level of tryouts.

Once you are at the Association Level (House League) Sort-Out you will go through the evaluation process and be assigned to a team. No player will be released once you are at the association level.

How will I know where to go for each successive try-out/sort out session?

Please refer to the OMHA website for the next evaluation of House League, at the appropriate level.

Please refer to other appropriate association website (eg Gloucester Rangers) for time and location of your next evaluation at the appropriate entry level.

What happens if my child misses an evaluation session? Who should I contact?

You should email the Director for your child’s division. This information can be found under the executive tab on the OMHA website.

How is my child evaluated for placement on a team? What skills are the evaluators assessing during the evaluation process?

Please regularly check the OMHA website; player evaluations are performed prior to the start of each hockey season (early September). The objective of Player Evaluations is to perform a fair and impartial assessment of the players’ hockey skill set in order to create balanced and competitive teams and to ensure the player is placed in a level at where they can participate and have fun. As a parent, advise your child to “Just try your best.” Parents and children should not get hung up on a perceived result. **Please arrive at a minimum 30 minutes prior to the start of session in order to have players sign-in and pick up their assigned pinnies.

How long will the evaluation process take?

We aim to complete the evaluation process in two weeks. If more time is required to suitably complete the process, then further sessions may be necessary.

What can I expect to happen during the evaluation process?

During the first sessions, groups will be divided alphabetically. The purpose of this is to ensure a fair representation of the full range of players’ skill level for each session. Parents can expect to see a wide range of player abilities during this session. Following this, groups will be form based on similar skill level and the evaluation process will continue; movement of some players is to be expected. Since the evaluation is a fluid process taking place over two weeks, there is opportunity for players to bring their best effort to each session. There may be specific goalie evaluations scheduled.

What skills are being evaluated?

The hockey skills that will be focused on and used as a base for evaluation are Forward Skating, Stopping, Turning, Stick Handling, and Game Play (general ability in game-type situations).

How will the on-ice evaluation sessions be structured?

At the younger levels, the first session may consist of a couple drills that will allow the evaluators to systematically evaluate specific skills. Parents and players can expect some waiting in lines as each child has the opportunity to perform the drill. After these first sessions the players participate in game-type play and this will be the format for the remaining evaluations. At the older levels, the evaluation is often completed through inter-squad games, with no drill session.

What should players wear to the evaluation?

Full equipment, noted above, is always mandatory.

Who will be conducting the evaluations?

On-ice coaches will be explaining, demonstrating, and running the players through the various drills; adults will manage the bench during inter-squad games. To ensure a fair and impartial assessment of the players, objective, off-ice evaluators are responsible for evaluating each player on the ice during the time allotted. Off-ice administrators are responsible for scheduling the sessions, tracking evaluations, and communicating with parents and players. Please note that everyone involved with the evaluation process is a volunteer who has dedicated their time to the evaluation process.

How are players/parents notified of their child’s standing within the process?

Please refer to the “Directors Pages” section on the OMHA Website after each evaluation session (and regularly throughout the process) for updated schedules.

What does ‘balancing’ teams mean?

As we near the completion of the evaluation process, balancing games may be scheduled. Balancing occurs in each division at the House League level to ensure teams are of even strength (no exceptionally strong/weak team) prior to the season beginning. Once the OMHA executive is satisfied with the teams, a final roster is determined and a coach is assigned to the team.

How many teams are in a division? Why can’t there be more ‘A’ teams? How is it determined how many A vs B vs C teams are in a division?

The OMHA is mandated to follow the Gloucester Hockey Association ruling for ratios, based on the number of registrants in each division.

My child did not get selected for the competitive team. Now what?

Your child will be released from Rep B try-outs to their home association where they will join the sort outs for House League. Your player may join an evaluation in process. Please note, your child is not guaranteed the A level because they attended rep tryouts. Many skilled players choose to play House League and do not attend competitive try-outs.

Can my child be placed on the same team as his friend?

OMHA is required to roster balanced teams and therefore, requests for same teams cannot be accommodated. Don’t worry; your child will make a bunch of new hockey friends!

When does the season start and finish?

Competitive tryouts begin in August and House league sort outs begin in early September. In general, games are scheduled from September to Feb/March, followed by playoffs. Seasons are generally completed by mid-April.

The Gloucester Hockey Association House League Regular Season scheduled will be posted at http://www.gloucesterhockey.ottawa.on.ca.