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TRYOUTS 2014-2015

Competitive Tryouts 2014/15

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Welcome to TASA Minor Hockey Competitive Tryouts

This can be a stressful time for players and families so please do your part in making this as positive an experience as possible for everyone involved.  We encourage everyone to become familiar with the information below, as we hope it will answer most of your questions.

TASA MHA is a large and very competitive association; therefore, it is imperative you prepare for all possible outcomes.  Building unrealistic expectations prior to the process can have devastating effects and spoil what could be a positive year for the player.

To ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible, the following procedures MUST be adhered to:

Any inquiries during and after the tryouts must be addressed to the VP Competitive only.  No other coach, evaluator, assistant or executive member will entertain any issues relating to individual players.  No phone calls or emails will be accepted until 24 hours have passed from the time of the placement posting.  Should you call regarding placement of your child within the 24 hour period, your inquiry will not be heard. 

If the VP Competitive feels the matter needs further review, he/she will then consult with the Tryout Selection Committee and the Technical Director.  In extreme cases, the matter may be referred to other members of TASA MHA Executive for final decision.

Harassing or threatening calls/e-mails will not be tolerated.  They will be reported to the TASA MHA Disciplinary Committee and action will be taken immediately.  Hundreds of hours have been dedicated by volunteers and Tomlinson Elite Hockey to provide a fair process to choose the TASA MHA teams.  Please respect their time and feel free to thank them for providing the opportunity to ice competitive teams and develop young athletes.

It is the player’s responsibility to check the website for his/her next scheduled tryout session.  All information will be posted on the website.  We will attempt to provide all players at least 24 hours advance notice of their next ice session; however, this may not always be possible.

Expectations for Competitive Hockey 

We understand that many players are involved in other sports or activities and we would like to encourage that whenever we can.  However, hockey is a team sport and coaches and teammates expect that all parents and players will be committed to their TASA MHA hockey team.  Our coaches strive to deliver a fair play program that provides an opportunity for all players to develop.  For this to happen, we expect players to attend all practices and team sanctioned events.  Of course there will be situations that will lead to missed practices or missed events.  Please understand that players who regularly miss practices will also miss out on development opportunities which could lead to the potential for reduced playing time during games. 

In addition the following should also be considered:
• Early morning practices 6:00 or 6:30 AM weekdays and/or weekends
• Significant amount of fundraising is required
• Possibility of 5 away tournaments and costs associated with them (gas, hotels, meals, etc.)
• 3 or more ice sessions per week with the possibility of dry land training
• Parents also need to form a team and each do their part to ensure the success of the team. Any parent that does not contribute to the teams financially agreed upon objectives and or fundraising efforts can have their child's playing privileges revoked.

If you and/or your child are not prepared to commit to the above, please advise the VP Competitive immediately in order to allow another child the opportunity.


The evaluation process will be conducted by Tomlinson Elite Hockey staff as well as TASA’s non-parent coaches.  Non-parent coaches will evaluate for the whole division of the team they are coaching.  Tomlinson Elite Hockey’s team will provide us with a no bias and fair evaluation for all players.  The Tryout Committee will work closely with Tomlinson Elite Hockey staff to make sure this is followed through.

Players will be grouped according to where they played the previous season. The growth and development of the player will have influence on this as well.

Phase 1 (session #1)

All players will participate in a balancing inter-squad game. This will be used for movement within the groups to get the groups more balanced based on the players hockey abilities. Scores from this session will not be carried over to the next phase.

Phase 2 (sessions #2, #3, #4)


The next 3 sessions will consist of inter-squad games played where, at times, the bench flow may be adjusted to give the evaluators a chance to see designated players in head to head match ups.

The evaluators will be looking for a player’s decision making, second efforts and creativity as well as individual skating and puck skills.  New groupings may be assigned possibly at the completion of every session.

All players trying out for B non checking in Bantam and Midget will start in session #4 if enough interested.

At the end of Session 3, Phase 2, players may now be released to C ( Recreation).

This will allow the opportunity for all players to display their skills over 3 ice times and get the teams down to a more manageable number for the next sessions.

Phase 3 (sessions #5, #6)

Phase 3 of the tryouts will feature a home and home vs. Bedford.  Players will now have the opportunity to compete against outside competition under full game circumstances.  New groupings assigned after every game.  

Special Note for all Competitive Players

When it comes to player positions, players will be required to declare a position prior to tryouts. 

TASA MHA reserves the right to meet with players and their families regarding a change in position, i.e. Tomlinson Elite Hockey staff feel that a player may be better as a defenseman than a forward or vice versa, thus having the best players play at the highest level based on skill.  Parents cannot request a position change after the commencement of tryouts.

Process for all divisions

The process is designed to evaluate the fundamental skill set of a player and give each player an opportunity to display these skills in game competition. 

Evaluators are not given players’ names; are encouraged not to share opinions; and are not provided with the other evaluators’ scores.

Major discrepancies between evaluators are rare but will be investigated and if needed player’s history may be used.

Atom aged players are only permitted to try out at TASA MHA.

No player will be permitted to attend other associations’ AAA or AA  tryouts until he/she has been released by TASA MHA.


Tomlinson Elite Hockey will provide TASA MHA with 4 evaluators for all of Phase 2 and this includes the non-parent coaches; therefore 2 evaluators per inter-squad team.  After each session each player is given a score from 2 evaluators.  The total of the evaluators’ scores for each player is then recorded.  These scores determine the player’s grouping for the next session.  No adjustments will take place to groupings once the group has stepped on the ice.  Adjustments can be made right up until a player participates with that group’s session. 

Tomlinson Elite Hockey will provide TASA MHA with 2 evaluators for all games against Bedford.  Tomlinson Elite Hockey will also be present, working with the coach in determining the last player selections

The parent Head Coaches will not be appointed until their child has secured a spot on the specific team.  

Notification of adjustments to the rosters will again be posted on the website.  This will take place only after the scores have been processed, cross referenced and discussed.  Every year we hear comments that this takes too long.  We can assure you that we are going as fast as we can.  Many of the people involved in this are at the rink night and day, and we like to ensure that we take the required time to make the difficult decisions.  We believe, and I am sure all will agree, this is important enough to ensure that we take appropriate time and care.

Injured Players

Inevitably and unfortunately some players become injured during the process and/or sometimes before tryouts begin.  This can result in a very difficult situation for everyone involved (injured players, parents, players this child is competing with, evaluators and Executive).  When this happens, we attempt to place the player at the appropriate level base on a number of qualitative factors:

> Where did the player play last season?
> How did he/she develop during that year?
> How was the injured player’s performance at the end of the previous season relative to the other players on his/her team?
> Discussion with prior coaches for other qualitative factors.

Because this is a competitive process, this often leads to disappointment on the part of the injured player if they thought their development was greater; or disappointment on the part of another player who gets displaced for the injured player.  It’s very difficult to promote an injured player to a higher level when they are unable to display the skills against other players at that level.

Injured players must be able to return to play by Dec. 1st to be placed on a competitive team.

This meaning a player with an injury will have to submit a doctor’s note.  Doctor’s note must include the expected return to play.

If you have any questions prior to the tryouts, particularly parents of first year Atom players and anyone else that may be new to this process, please send me an email.  Once the tryouts begin, please follow the process outlined above. 

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Andrew Brown
VP Competitive, TASA MHA

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