PLAYERS AND PARENTS WELCOME TO THE PHA REP TRYOUTS 2022-2023 EDITION!
Greetings PETES Nation!
This winter 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 feature U14, U15 & U16 in the spring and U8-U13 & U18 seeing fall tryouts.
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 in various arenas around the city and townships.
The OMHA has re-branded AE teams as BB teams this year and all those teams will still compete in the Lakeshore League team.
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 Sept 15th at 8pm 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
- 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 U12 AA 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.