Tryout Policy (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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SMMHA 2021/22 Tryout Policy (last updated September 2021)

• The Tryout Policy will apply to boy’s U18, U15, U13, U11 divisions and girl’s U11 division.
• The Tryout Policy does not apply to U7 or U9 boys and girls divisions. U9 boys and girls divisions will go through evaluations to place players on teams.
• In order to participate in the tryouts, each player must:
o Be registered with SMMHA for the current season or have a valid Non-Resident Passport (NRP) from their home Centre;
o Submit an online Tryout Registration Form located under the tryouts section of the SMMHA website; and
o Pay a tryout fee of $60.
• Each player must complete the online Tryout Registration Form by 12:00pm, Friday, September 24, 2021.
• Each player must pay the tryout fee of $60 through an e-transfer at the time of completing tryout registration form. Each e-transfer must include player first and last name and birth year (e.g. John Smith 2007) and sent to [email protected]

Boys U18, U15, U13 Rep BB/AE
• All boys U18 to U13 Rep BB team tryouts consist of a minimum of three (3) ice times. Team tryouts may include exhibition games. Player releases can begin following the second tryout ice time. All players must attend at least one of the first two tryouts for the Rep BB team and be released before trying out for the Rep AE team.
• All boys U15 to U13 Rep AE team tryouts consist of a minimum of two (2) ice times. Team tryouts may include exhibition games. Player releases can begin following the first tryout ice time. Where possible, AE team head coaches will be attending BB team tryouts.

Boys U11 BB/AE and Girls U11 B
• U11 boy’s BB and U11 girl’s B team tryouts consist of a minimum of three (3) ice times. Team tryouts may include exhibition games. Player releases cannot occur until after the third tryout ice time.
• U11 boy’s AE team tryouts consist of a minimum of two (2) ice times. Team tryouts may include exhibition games. Player releases can begin following the first tryout ice time. Where possible, AE team head coaches will be attending BB team tryouts. 

IMPORTANT – Head Coaches will use their team page on the SMMHA website to communicate players continuing throughout the tryout process. Within 2 hours following each tryout where player releases can occur, the Head Coach will post the player list of those continuing in the tryout process.

• All team tryout dates and times are located on SMMHA ice schedule located on the SMMHA website.
• The tryout process is a chance for the coaching staff to select players for the team. Minor hockey will work to ensure a fair evaluation and selection process.
• Based on registration and with the goal of balancing player numbers across teams, SMMHA determines all team player numbers and confirms for each head coach how many players can be selected.
• Team Head Coaches and Coaches Committee Division Reps may hold a parent/player meeting at the start of the tryout process to share tryout information, expectations, and answer any questions.
• Coaches Committee Division Reps will be present during the tryouts. The SMMHA 24 Hour Policy will be followed during tryouts. Issues arising during tryouts are to be raised with the Coaches Committee Division Rep.
• If a player has a medical issue and cannot attend the tryouts, he/she must contact the Head Coach and Coaches Committee Division Rep prior to tryout. A medical note may be required to support the request. A player’s previous level of play can used to determine if the player will be offered a place on the roster.
• SMMHA reserves the right to adjust tryout schedules, ice times, and/or to grant or not grant player movement for the betterment of SMMHA and its players, respecting OMHA and OWHA regulations.

Non-Resident Player (NRP)
The SMMHA is open for accepting NRP Passports for boys’ teams. Any player wishing to tryout on a NRP Passport, must contact the SMMHA OMHA Rep prior to the first tryout. No SMMHA home center registered player can be dislodged from playing hockey in the SMMHA, which would be caused by accepting a NRP Passport player. All OMHA rules pertaining to NRP Passports must be followed. 

Underage/Exceptional Player Rule
Any player requesting the opportunity to tryout as an underage/exceptional player for a higher age division must concurrently try out in his/her own age division. A player may tryout one age level higher than they would normally play for, having approval of their parent(s) or legal guardian, and will be subject to the following criteria:
• Notify the Coaches Committee Chair at least 48hrs prior to the first tryout date;
• Must possess exceptional skills; and
• Deemed a top player at his or her own age division as well as the higher age division.
• For goalies, the above conditions apply with the added condition that his/her movement does not deplete his/her own age team/division from having adequate goalkeeping.

The Coaches Committee will assign an Evaluation Committee (minimum of three neutral observers) to assess the player during tryouts. If the player is deemed a top player, he/she can continue in the tryouts. If the player is deemed not a top player, then he/she shall return to his/her own age division.
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