Player Selection Process

2023-2024 Rep Player Selection Process

  • The tryout process will adhere to the requirements laid out in Policy 9 – Rep Selection Process. (Rep Player Selection Policy). Please review the policy prior to your first tryout skate.
  • All participants should have completed the Rep Commitment Form sent to you when you registered for Rep Tryouts. All behavioural and commitment expectations should be adhered to.
  • Participants MUST attend all tryout sessions they are assigned to attend with the following exceptions
    • Injury – a doctor’s note must be submitted to the Executive Director/Board Memebers here with both the nature of the injury and the expected return to play date;
    • Covid symptoms – If a player is showing symptoms of Covid-19, including any cold or flu symptoms, they must not attend any Vancouver Thunderbird event and the Executive Director should be informed immediately. In addition, the player must follow the BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines as to when they can return to activities which can be found here: They will be treated in the same manner as an injured player as per the Rep Selection Policy – Section 2.3 (Rep Player Selection Policy).
  • U15 or U18 players who are still part of Hockey Canada sanctioned U15 AAA, U18 AAA, or Junior team tryout camps are required to be in regular communication with the Executive Director throughout the process to maintain their eligibility with TBirds as per the Rep Selection Policy.
  • The evaluation team is comprised of non-parent coaches and external evaluators. Parent coaches will be asked to support during games and on-ice practices but are not involved with providing evaluations.
  • No player is guaranteed a spot on a rep team based on their performance on any one day. The assessment process involves player movement upward, lateral (staying in the same group), and downward at each stage. This movement is based on the player’s performance during each session.
  • A rep parent meeting will be held via Zoom where a minimum of one parent per player must participate. The timing of this meeting will be communicated at a later date.

Detailed schedules for all divisions throughout the tryout period will be found under division specific tabs below.

The Process

Hockey Canada outlines the following objectives of any player evaluation process:

  • To provide a fair and impartial assessment of a player's total hockey skills during the skating and scrimmage sessions.
  • To ensure that players have a reasonable opportunity of being selected to a team appropriate to their skill levels as determined during the on-ice evaluations of the current year.
  • To provide coaches with the opportunity and flexibility to build a team based in part on their own coaching philosophy and knowledge of player skills and attitude.
  • To provide uniformity and consistency in the evaluation process such that a player and parent expectations are consistent from year to year as players move through the various levels of the association's programs.
  • To provide feedback in order to develop players.

Participant Schedule and Rosters for the Day

U13/U15 - will commence August 26, 2023
U11/U18 - will commence after Labour Day, Sept. 5, 2023.
There will be no activities Saturday, Sept. 2 - Monday, Sept. 4, 2023

Select age group from tabs below

U11 Division

Players will be assigned to working groups for U11 A1, U11 A2, U11 A3, U11 A4 as well as recreational.

Players will be notified of their working group assignment by 2:00 pm Friday, Sept. 15.

U11 Roster
U13 Division
U13 Roster
U15 Division
U15 Roster
U18 Division
U18 Roster