The rep player selection process for skaters and goaltenders for the atom to bantam age divisions will follow the same pattern. Skaters will be assessed over three ice sessions in Phase 1 to determine if they will continue in the rep selection process while goaltenders will have an additional goalie evaluation session. Phases 2 and 3 will be a series of internal scrimmages and exhibition games respectively and player movement will occur at the completion of each of these two phases. Final rep team assignments will be completed following the conclusion of Phase 3.
The graphic provides an overview of the entire process, with each stage being described in detail below. Note that the goaltenders will follow a similar path with the exception that they will rotate through multiple groups during Stages 1-3 as opposed to being moved.
Players will be assigned to a specific ice time for their first ice time during tryouts on Saturday, August 24 or Sunday, August 25 (depending on the division) by Tuesday, August 20th. These assignments, along with all future assignments during the rep tryout process will be posted on the Participant Information web page as soon as the selection committee has completed the assignments.
Please note, it is our intention to have this completed as quickly as possible following the final ice time for the age division, however it may take up to 4 hours for the discussion to be finalized.
It is the responsibility of the player and/or their parent/guardian to obtain the information on ice times from the Participant Information web page - this information will not be communicated by any other means.
Examples through the Process
To assist in understanding the flow through the different stages, four examples are outlined below with various starting points and outcomes.
a) Player W is assigned to Peewee Group 2 (middle tier) for the Sunday, August 25th session. In that session, they have a great session and are rated as one of the top forwards and are assigned to Peewee Group A (top tier) for Monday, August 26th.
b) In that session, they are rated in the bottom third of the group, and after discussion by the selection committee, they are deemed as being rated high enough to remain in the top tier for Tuesday, August 27th.
c) Following Tuesday's session they are rated as being in the top half of the remaining players after releases to C Division and are assigned to Practice Group 1.
d) After the two scrimmages during Phase 2, Player W is rated the 12th best forward of the group and are assigned to Practice Roster A2.
e) Following the exhibition games, Player W has played well and is named to the Peewee A2 team for the season.
a) Player X is new to the Thunderbirds and is assigned to Atom Group 3 (lower tier) for the Saturday, August 24th session. In that session they are clearly at a higher skill level than the rest of the group and are assigned to Atom Group B (middle tier) for Monday, August 26th.
b) In that session, they are again rated at the top of the group and are assigned to the top Atom Group for the next ice session on Tuesday, August 27th.
c) Following Tuesday's session, they are rated in the middle of the top group and assigned to Practice Group 1.
d) After the two scrimmages during Phase 2, Player X is rated #10 overall and is assigned to Practice Roster A1.
e) Following the exhibition games, Player X has continued their strong play and is named to the Atom A1 team for the season.
a) Player Y is assigned to Atom Group 3 (lower tier) for the Saturday, August 26th session. In that session they are rated in the lower third of the group and they are assigned to remain in the lower tier for Monday, August 26th.
b) In that session, they are rated in the lower third of the group and again are assigned to remain in the lower tier for the final scrimmage in Phase 1.
c) Following Tuesday's session, Player Y is included in the assignments to the C Division and is not assigned to a Practice Group.
a) Player Z is assigned to Peewee Group 2 (middle tier) for the Sunday, August 25th session. In that session they are rated in the lower part of the group and the selection committee determines they are to be assigned to the lower tier for Monday, August 26th.
b) In that session, they are focussed on proving they belong in the higher tier, play a solid scrimmage and are rated in the top group and are assigned to the middle tier for the Tuesday session.
c) Following Tuesday's session, they are rated in the bottom third of the middle tier and assigned to Practice Group 2.
d) After the two scrimmages during Phase 2, Player Z is rated as the 8th best defencemen and assigned to Practice Roster A4.
e) Following the exhibition games, Player Z is named to the Peewee A4 team for the season.
We are not able to show all possibilities but the most important element to understand is that no matter what occurs from one Stage to the next, players simply need to show up as prepared and mentally focussed as possible and play the best they can. Should a player be assigned to a lower tier for the next ice session, the expectation is that they should be one of the best players in that group and likely to earn a spot back in the higher tier - but they need to be able to focus on the next ice time and will need the help of their parents to do so. There are no appeals while tryouts are ongoing so your best option is to remain positive with your player(s) and help them get ready.
Involvement of Parent Coaches
Parent coaches' involvement in the process: Parent coaches who are being considered for a coaching role will not be assigned to teams until the completion of the tryout process. Parent coaches may be on the benches throughout the scrimmages as a means to ensure the Association provided lineups are followed however they will not be participating in any of the evaluation or selection of players.
Attendance at Rep Player Selections
Please note that players are required to attend all sessions they are assigned to as per Policy 9 - Rep Player Selection.
In the case of sickness or injury, as stated in the policy, a letter from a physician indicating the nature of the injury and the expected return date must be submitted no later than 2 hours prior to the first ice time that will be missed. This letter must be received via email by the Executive Director by the timeline outlined.