Tryout Policy (Peterborough Hockey Association)

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2022-2023 Tryout Policy


The P.H.A. is classified as an ‘AA’ Centre in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and therefore the 1st priority for Representative Teams is to select a ‘AA’ team.  Once this has been accomplished, the P.H.A. will then select an 'A' and an BB team (see list below).  The Peterborough Hockey Association (P.H.A.) Representative Team Tryouts will take place starting Sept 17th 2022, for the following ages and divisions:

Fall Tryouts

U10 AA, A
U11 AA, A
U12 AA, A
U13 AA, A, BB
U18 AA, A


Tryout Cost
All players trying out for AA, A and BB Representative
teams in the Fall will be required to purchase a Passport at a cost of $105.00, or $30.00 per skate for NRP. This will get the player through all P.H.A. tryouts.  Passports are now available for purchase online (Credit Card-Paypal only) NO CASH OR CHEQUES.

Passports need to be purchased by the posted deadline in order to get you on the coach's list.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you do not have a passport before the deadline you will not be sold one and not eligible for tryouts.

Non - Resident Players Welcome – The Peterborough Hockey Association is inviting non-resident players to tryout.  Non - residents are only eligible for the AA level at the U12 and above age groups. The maximum number of NRP's allowed per team is three.  NRP eligible players must be pre-registered with their home center and bring to PHA tryouts an NRP approved passport from their home center.  NOTE: If you are an NRP player and do not produce your home center NRP approved passport at tryouts you will not be allowed on the ice. NRP’s will be required to purchase the PHA tryout passport at a cost of $30.00 per skate.  You will be required to produce a current receipt for each skate

Player Tryout Guidelines:
• Peterborough players who were rostered on a P.H.A. 'AA', 'A' or 'BB' team for the prior season, must first tryout for the 'AA' team in order to be eligible to play on a team below 'AA' for the upcoming season, this applies to all age groups.  Only if released by the 'AA' coach may the player tryout for the next level of Representative Hockey. Players cannot choose to drop or skip levels or they will be placed in house league for the season. As per OMHA regulations the Association cannot and will not grant releases to other centres as players all have a place to play Rep hockey within the Association and therefore to not meet or requirements for an OMHA releases due to lack of Rep hockey status.  

Coaches and Tryout Evaluators

The coaches will make themselves noticeable throughout the
rinks during the end of the season to observe possible player selections. Coaches will be observing players in game situations as well as how they work with others in practices.
Coaches will use some of that information during tryouts when selecting their team. All
tryouts will include evaluators who are not connected to the team, the coach or have
any conflict of interest with players trying out. These evaluators will be spread
throughout the rink and might not be noticeable, but will be there on behalf of the PHA executive. All coaches must use knowledgeable and competent on ice instructors that
are also not connected to the team in any way. With the exception of the coach,
parents, relatives, friends of any players trying out are not allowed to be on the ice or
used as evaluators – No exceptions. Coaches may choose one staff member (preferably Trainer) before the tryouts commence, saving the rest of the staff selections to be named after the team is selected.

Playing at the Correct Level

If a player trying out for a team is offered a spot on that team, the player must play at that level, players will not be allowed to drop down a level if they have the skills, ability and an offer to play at a higher level. The PHA’s role is to develop all players and to do this correctly; all players must be playing at the appropriate level of play. If a player refuses the offer to play at the original REP level offered, they will be released from all REP hockey in the PHA and eligible for HL hockey in the PHA.

Tryout Exemptions:
Players must attend tryouts to be eligible to be carded to a P.H.A. Representative
team. Exemptions from participating in a tryout due to illness or injury must be requested and granted at the arena by the Head Coach and the PHA REP Executive Tryout Committee. The coach and the PHA REP Executive Tryout Committee are not obligated to grant any exemption request

Should a player miss a tryout without an approved exemption they will not be eligible to be carded to a Representative

Should a player have an exemption request denied but chooses to not tryout for the team that player cannot be carded to any P.H.A. Representative Team for the upcoming season

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that these rules are understood and that players attend the proper tryouts. Should you have any questions concerning the tryout format please speak with the coach of the team or the VP of Rep.

The P.H.A. reserves the right to card players at any time during tryouts.

Refund Policy on Passports:

A refund is only eligible should you make a AAA team.
There will be an administration charge of $10.00 on any refund. 
In order to apply for a refund the request must be submitted electronically. Link for refund request (Click Here)
There will be no refunds if you should you state you are residential compliant or try and falsely claim residency.
There will be no refunds should you state you need an NRP form and not produce it at tryouts as well you will not be allowed on the ice.