Tryout Process FAQ
WHAT IS THE TRYOUT REGISTRATION PROCESS?
Each player attending tryouts must complete an ONLINE registration form that provides general family information, player information, USA hockey registration number, history of playing, team(s) trying out for, etc. Each application must be accompanied by an online payment for the Tryout Fee.
Players who attend more than one tryout are not charged an additional tryout fee unless they were offered a spot on a previous SCIR team and declined it (i.e. If a player attends tryouts for a birth year team and is not offered a position, he/she can attend the mixed year team tryout at no additional cost).
IS THERE A COMMITMENT FEE? HOW MUCH IS IT? WHEN WILL IT HAVE TO BE PAID?
If a position on a team is offered, you will need to pay the appropriate season commitment fee when completing the online TeamSnap Position Offer Acceptance Form. The season commitment fees are:
- Birth Year teams - $500.00.
- Mixed Year teams - $350.00.
- 8U Development - $100.00.
Note: Commitment fees are non-refundable once a position has been accepted.
8U EVALUATIONS ONLY
8U (Mite ADM) players will attend the evaluation session(s) at the beginning of May to be assessed and assigned to the appropriate 8U Skill Level group. Following the evaluation sessions, the players will be placed with other players of similar skill levels. During the fall session, 8U (Mite ADM) players will continue to be evaluated and moved up or down as appropriate to promote growth of the player.
The evaluation session fee is $50.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO TRYOUTS?
Arrive in plenty of time each night. You must register the first night and receive your tryout number. Each successive tryout night you just need to check-in at the registration table.
Bring two jerseys every night: one DARK, one WHITE. These jerseys should be unmarked, no names, no emblems of PAHL, PIHL, or AAA teams. If you wear a jersey with any markings, you will be asked to wear it inside out, or a loaner jersey will be provided.
WHAT IF A PLAYER WANTS TO TRYOUT AT A DIFFERENT AGE LEVEL?
If a parent signs the USA Hockey Play-up Waiver, the player can attempt to play on a team with a birth year one year older in age. Players cannot play up two years (i.e. a 2008 player can tryout for a 2007 Birth Year Team but not a 2006 Birth Year team). It is strongly encouraged that players only try out for their appropriate birth year team.
In order to be considered, players must try out in both their own age level team and the old age level team. They will and must be evaluated against the skill of both levels for determination to be made of the appropriate team. The Board of Directors makes final decisions on placement.
NOTE: Players trying out for two teams do not pay additional tryout fees.
NOTE: As of the 2013-14 Season, 8U players (2011 birth year & younger) are not eligible to play-up by PAHL rules & Mid-AM rules. They must play at the 8U level.
WHAT IS THE EVALUATION PROCESS?
The evaluation process will be completed in multiple stages. The tryout sessions will consist of a series of varied drills designed by the Tryout Coordinators and scrimmages. The drills are designed so focus can be made on different fundamental aspects of ice hockey: skating, shooting, passing, defensive play, offensive play and hockey sense. Scrimmages allow the proper evaluation of a player’s all-around hockey ability and hockey sense. Players may be mixed and rotated during the scrimmages.
HOW WILL TEAM SELECTIONS BE DETERMINED?
After the final session of each level, the evaluator’s scores will be totaled. Player selection is determined by the players overall scores throughout the course of tryouts. The evaluators’ scores from ALL nights are used to determine a player’s placement on a team. Attending each night is important. However, if a player cannot attend each night, let the tryout coordinators know.
WHAT IF A SESSION IS MISSED FOR ANY REASON (I.E ILLNESS, INJURY, ETC)?
You should plan on attending all tryout sessions for your level. The more time a player is evaluated, the more accurately their are placed. However, it is understood that problems can arise, and if you find yourself in that position, please contact one of the Tryout Coordinators as soon as possible so we are aware of your absence. The selection will be based on whatever information is available from any sessions that were completed and evaluated. The tryout evaluation software use is designed to account for missed evaluation sessions so it does not negatively impact the overall score.
WHO WILL BE PRESENT DURING TEAM SELECTIONS?
The evaluators for that level, the tryout coordinators, and one person to record the selections will be allowed in the room while selections are made.
WHAT IF AN EVALUATOR HAS A CHILD AT THE LEVEL HE/SHE IS EVALUATING?
We will do our best avoid scheduling anyone to evaluate a session that would have his/her own child participating. However, all of our mixed year coaches are parents, and have the best knowledge to evaluate and participate at that particular skill level. SO if a parent coach is used as an evaluator that has a child trying out at that level, that evaluator will have no input regarding his/her own child. The child will be ranked and placed by the other evaluators only, using the regular selection process.
WHO WILL HAVE THE PLAYER'S SCORES AND WILL THEY BE MADE PUBLIC?
The Tryout Coordinators and Club Registrar will retain all scores and notes. The scores will not be made public.
WHEN WILL THE SELECTION RESULTS BE AVAILABLE/ WHERE CAN WE SEE THEM?
Offers are typically made 48 hours after your final tryout date. The tryout committee does reserves the right to withhold team selection until a future date based on factors such as more time needed to evaluate the data or low participant turnout for a particular team tryout.
HOW DO I ACCEPT OR DECLINE A TEAM POSITION?
Once the offer has been made, you will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer. Instructions for this process will be made available via email and/or on the team offer pages of our website. This process to accept/decline an offer will be done ONLINE via a specific link to the appropriate form.
WHAT IS AN ALTERNATE PLAYER AND HOW WILL THEY BE PLACED?
A skater is considered an “Alternate" when their tryout score results place them as the last player to a higher team or first player on the next team down at the same age level. This can occur due to team size or very tight scoring. The alternate player will be listed on the higher team as an alternate and as a player on the lower team. The offer is made for the player on the lower team. If the player accepts that position, he/she could be moved to the higher team if a spot becomes available. If, at a later date, the alternate player is offered the position on the higher team, an email will be sent to the email address on the registration paperwork.
If any player listed as an alternate declines their position on the lower team, they will lose any rights and claims to the alternate spot, if it became available. (i.e. A player is offered a position on 10U (Squirt) Team 2 and is listed as an alternate on 10U (Squirt) team 1. If that player declines the offer for 10U (Squirt) Team 2, the opportunity to be considered for 10U (Squirt) Team 1 if/when an opening becomes available would be null and void).
Numerous volunteers spend many hours organizing tryouts. We conduct the best and fairest tryouts, evaluations and placements we can. Please remember that no process is perfect. If you have any concerns regarding the process, we encourage you to bring them to the attention of the Tryout Coordinators as soon as possible.
Once again, thank you for participating in the Ice Renegades tryouts. We look forward to your continued support and participation through tryouts and the upcoming hockey season