PLAYERS AND PARENTS WELCOME TO THE PHA REP TRYOUTS 2020 EDITION!
Greetings PETES Nation!
This past month, the Rep Coach Selection process for the upcoming season wrapped up and coaches were selected. They will do the best they can to develop our players but also provide a safe , fun environment for the kids to play hockey.
This year's tryouts will feel slightly different then last year's tryouts for Minor Bantam to Minor Midget.
Please take a moment to read the tryout policy if you have not already. Due to ice shortages again this year tryouts will be held in Norwood.
The PHA has decided to ice MD teams again this year for Minor Bantam to Minor Midget instead of AE teams. There are some differences between AE and MD but it is still a very competitive level of hockey. The main difference is that MD is No body checking. This does not mean non-contact. It is still an aggressive style of play. However, much less chance of concussions and broken collar bones. There will be an article posted in regards to MD hockey soon. There will be 3 different passports offered this year. Players will not be required to attend AA or A tryouts if they do not wish. Simply purchase the MD passport instead. The Lakeshore League is one of the last remaining leagues in the OMHA to offer contact. Changing to MD will open up opportunities for a variety of tournaments and different competition. If you do purchase the full passport for $90 this makes you eligible to tryout for all levels including MD if released from AA and A.
A Couple of Points For Tryouts
- EVERY PLAYER MUST PURCHASE A TRYOUT PASSPORT - There will be no exceptions to this for the tryouts. If you have not purchased a passport by the April 20th midnight deadline you will not be allowed to tryout. Any players that purchase a passport and are offered a spot on a AAA team will receive a full reimbursement.
- NRP's WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED 3 SKATES - NRP's will pay as they go. $30 per skate to a max of $90. If you are an NRP you may be released after 1 skate
- MD PLAYERS WILL ONLY BE GUARANTEED 2 SKATES - If you are not interested in contact you can choose to bypass the AA and A tryouts by purchasing an MD passport instead. This is available for Minor Bantam to Minor Midget.
- YOU MUST BE RESIDENTIALLY COMPLIANT WHEN TRYOUTS START - If you are planning on moving into the area that is fantastic but you must be residentially complaint to participate as a regular player by the time tryouts begin. If you are not Residentially complaint you are welcome to tryout as an NRP player for Minor Peewee and up. If you are not sure about your situation please contact our registrar for further assistance
Let's talk about Tryout Expectations
WHAT EVERY PARENT and PLAYER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRYOUTS
- Tryouts are an ongoing process. Next year's coaches (who in most cases are this years coaches and or parents) have been watching games, practices and other team events all year. You would be surprised to learn how much a coach knows about your player before they even step on the ice for the first tryout.
- Coaches may not pick who YOU think are the best 17 players. That is because coaches have to build TEAMS and that involves a mix of left and right shots; offensive and defensive kids; fast kids and grinders; creative/flashy players and steady/dependable players. They also may have to keep body checking in mind, work ethic, which way a kid is trending and coachability. Finally, Rep teams generally have between 110 and 180 events over the course of an 8-9 month season with team chemistry being an important component for success, so if you don't think parent behavior/attitude and player behaviour /attitude have a role in selections then you are mistaken. This plays a huge role in a coaches decision.
So, with all of this in mind, what should you do to maximize your chances of achieving your goals?
- If you are a player - work hard in games and practices - do the little things - be a great teammate who is easy to coach. You never know who is watching.
- If you are a parent, be realistic. Make sure they know who your child is and why you think your child is a strong candidate for the team.