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Tryout Process

Tryout Process

Tryout process

MCYH Player Evaluation and Team Selection Process 2018-2019 travel teams

MCYH periodically needs to evaluate skaters for the formation of teams. We are prepared for tryouts of the travel teams for the 2018- 19 season. After reading this please see the Tryout FAQs on our website.

The intent is to create an unbiased process where all skaters have an equal opportunity regardless of parental involvement in coaching or other MCYH volunteer service. Hockey skill and game sense should be the primary drivers allowing for a reasonable degree of coach’s input with regards to attitude, effort, and “coach-ability.”

A neutral group of evaluators with little, if any, prior knowledge of our skaters’ abilities will score tryouts. The intent is to select teams based primarily on a numerical compilation of the evaluations. The selection committee, which will consist of the evaluators and the head coaches designated for travel at each age level, will receive the results of evaluations and make final determination of skater’s relative abilities. Coaches will not score the evaluations.

Should any coach as a member of the selection committee ask the evaluators to select a player out of numerical order, the evaluators are free to seek additional information such as comment from the current season’s on-ice coaches. Any request by the coach as a member of the selection committee to select a player out of numerical order must also be approved by the President (or board proxy if a conflict exists) after explanation of the request. The President will not serve on the selection committee itself. Rankings will not be shared beyond the selection committee and President (or proxy).

So while the primary criterion in selecting the team is the numerical score provided by the evaluators, it is not necessarily determinative.

We attempt to make this process as neutral as possible; this is why we obtain the services of outside coaches to rank our players. However, we are a small organization and need the help of our coaching staff and our board to make the try-out runs smoothly. Our coaches will be present on the ice and in the benches during tryouts to assure that line drills are run smoothly and that the benches are orderly. Coaches are not there to coach their own children and will have been asked to focus on the drills rather than encouraging any particular individual skaters.

The size of the selected team is an important consideration. Smaller teams may compete at a higher level, but limit the number of skaters developed by the team. Larger teams develop more players but may struggle to compete at a target Tier level because of the need to provide equal playing time. Teams should generally have between 13 and 15 skaters plus a goalie. The minimum recommended team size is 12 skaters plus a goalie. Teams may rotate two or more goalies and the goalies may also “skate out” when not taking a turn in net. This may impact roster size but this is a very fact specific determination.

Two on-ice sessions will be used. The first session will be an hour and a quarter long. The first forty five minutes will be a skills session designed to allow evaluators to assess all aspects of skating technique, stick handling, passing, and shooting. The remaining thirty minutes will be dedicated to 3-on-3 play.

At the conclusion of the first night's play a certain number of skaters may be asked not to attend the second night’s session. This decision will based on the fact that our evaluation team has reviewed enough information about a particular player to conclude they will either certainly make the team, or will certainly not make the team.

This is a change in our tryout process for the spring of 2018. The change was based on a review of our last three season’s tryouts and the associated data. When choosing a team the most difficult decisions generally revolve around assessing the distinctions between players in the middle of the group. It is from this middle group that the last few players to be added to the roster are likely to be chosen; this group that will include the strongest players who do not make the roster. So this group needs to be looked at carefully and their skill sets need to be considered against each other rather than against the dominant few, or the less competitive skaters.

The second session, day two, will be dedicated to scrimmage. Scrimmage teams should be balanced to the extent possible with coaches rotating positions regularly so that kids get to play different positions and on different lines. Lines will be fixed to the extent possible for 12 minute “periods” until the ice time is up. Line changes will be made every 2 minutes with a buzzer to insure equal playing time and minimize confusion on positions played etc.

Unless excused after the first night, attendance at both sessions is expected. If you want a spot on a Midcoast team you must come to Midcoast tryouts. Travel hockey is a commitment for the player, the player’s family, and all 375 current members of MCYH. Players who are chosen and commit to the team will find that the coaches have a higher expectation for player commitment to attending practice, attendance at off-ice training and teaching events, and a general commitment to appropriate behavior, attention, and respect during the practices themselves. As such MCYH expects any player who hopes to be a part of our travel program next season to commit to attending all tryout sessions and to bring a positive attitude to the ice so the evaluators can make their choices with the best information.

Pre-existing family travel plans, required after school events (e.g. a performance), illness, and injury represent excusable absences. However, a player who seeks to be excused from one or more sessions must contact the MCYH President before doing so. At the discretion of the President, a player with an excused absence may be considered by the selection committee or coaches in comparison to the players evaluated and recommended for the team. However, families need to understand that missing on-ice sessions will necessarily give evaluators less information with which to assess their skater.




  • Players will be assigned a numbered jersey at check in. Number and name is recorded on a master list and the jersey # only is recorded on a hockey evaluation form for each player given to each evaluator. In other words, the evaluators will have numbers but not the skater’s names. They will not have access to registration information either so will not know if a skater is a current Midcoast skater or not.
  • Because numbers need to be assigned please arrive in time so that your player has enough time to dress and to get his or her number.
  • The selection committee will compile and select the team with approval of the President. Individual specific results of the evaluations will not be made public.
  • Once the team has been designated an email will be sent to all those who tried out. It will simply list those who were selected and ask for a prompt response regarding the player’s commitment to the team. A link to our registration site will be provided; registration and payment of a non-refundable deposit will be expected within 24 hours.



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