VMHA 2021 Representative Assessments

Assessment Process

The assessments are set to begin on Monday 06 September 2021, more specifically:

  • U13
    • Goalies’ assessment will begin with the Skills session on Monday 06 Sep at 6pm at GR Pearkes Arena
    • Skaters’ assessment will begin with the Combine Testing on Monday 06 Sep at 6pm at the Oak Bay Arena
  • U15
    • Goalies’ assessment will begin with the Skills session on Monday 06 Sep at 7pm at GR Pearkes Arena
    • Skaters’ assessment will begin with the Combine Testing on Wednesday 08 Sep Sep at 6pm at GR Pearkes Arena
  • U18
    • Goalies’ assessment will begin with the Skills session on Monday 06 Sep at 8pm at GR Pearkes Arena
    • Skaters’ assessment will begin with the Combine Testing on Tuesday 07 Sep Sep at 7pm at GR Pearkes Arena

The full schedule will soon be posted on our website, please visit it regularly: https://www.victoriaminorhockey.ca/schedule/

The assessment process consists of three (3) phases, as follows:

Phase 1 – 6 September to 12 September 2021

The first phase consists of:

  • Skills session: Both goalies and skaters will be assessed in focused skills sessions. Goalies will be assessed by TNT Goaltending as per the past couple seasons. Skaters’ skills will be assessed by Global Sport Testing who will employ a Combine Testing process. These sessions are not practices, they are designed to assess fundamental hockey skills and the results will be used for team selection.

For some insight into the Combine Testing process, please visit https://www.globalsporttesting.com/

  • Colour Game: All players and goalies will be grouped in “colour” groups, these groups will play a game where their abilities at game speed will be assessed. Each group will play a game against another colour group. Following the skills session and the colour game, all players will be ranked.
  • Top / Bottom Games: Based on the ranking from the skills session and colour game, players will be placed in Top and Bottom teams for three assessment games. After every Top/Bottom game, players will be ranked again and informed by email in which Top/Bottom game they are to play next.

On completion of Phase 1, players will be informed by email if they will move on to Phase 2 or are being released to the VMHA Recreation Program.

Phase 2 – 13 September to 26 September 2021

Players moving on to phase 2 will be grouped into Tiered groups based on their rankings from Phase 1. Although placed in Tier groups, it is important for the players to understand the teams are not formed yet. The number of players per group for Phase 2 will be as follow:

  • Tier 1 Group: Roster Size + 5 Skaters and 1 Goalie
  • Tier 2 and 3 Groups: Roster Size

Phase 2 consists of practices and games led by the Head Coach (or Coach Designated if the Head Coach has not been selected).

The Head Coach, supported by assessors as required, will assess the players in the group through practices and games in order to pick the best team (not necessarily the best players).

Players can be moved or released at any time during Phase 2.

On completion of Phase 2, the final skaters/goalie will be released to the VMHA Recreation Program to have the teams at their roster size moving into phase 3.

Phase 3 – 27 September to 08 October 2021

During Phase 3, teams will have been formed and all Head Coaches will have been assigned. Head Coaches will lead practices and games. On completion of Phase 3, the teams, including team staff, will be finalized.

Regular Season – After 08 October 2021

Although player movement is still permitted until early January, it is not anticipated after Phase 3.

Evaluation Criteria

Skills Session Assessments

  • Skaters will be tested as follows:
    • Sprints: To test the skaters’ linear speed and acceleration.
    • Weave Agility: To test skaters’ forward acceleration, agility and ability to maintain speed while performing multi-directional movement.
    • Transition Agility: This test assesses an athlete’s agility and directional transitions between forwards and backwards skating.
  • Goalies will be assessed on:
    • Movements: Stance, balance, mobility, skating, shuffling
    • Positioning: Centre line, depth adjustments, square to puck, post mechanics
    • Execution: Skill execution, rebound control

Game Assessments: Players will be assessed and ranked based on their overall hockey player’s abilities:

  • Skaters will be assessed on:
    • Technical Skills: Skating, stickhandling, puck control, angling/checking at game speed;
    • Team Player & Mental Skills: Discipline, communication, drive, compete;
    • Game Sense: Read / react, anticipation, Hockey IQ – Defense (moving the puck, getting open, point play, net play, board play, neutral ice / regroup), Hockey IQ – Forward (ability to get open, scoring ability, play making, forecheck, backcheck, defensive abilities, neutral ice / regroup)
  • Goalies will be assessed on:
    • Reading the Play: Focus, concentration, anticipation, desire, tracking
    • Goalie Specific Movements: Stance, balance, mobility, skating, shuffling
    • Positioning: Centre line, depth adjustments, square to puck, post mechanics
    • Execution: Skill execution, rebound control
    • Game Situations: Recovery techniques, body balance, read and react

Assessment Team

Each age group will be assessed by a team of up to 6 assessors. A minimum of two of these assessors will be external to VMHA (ie contracted), one of them to focus specifically on goalies. The T1 Head Coaches will also be part of the assessment team. All assessors will be independent of the age group being assessed; they do not have a child trying out in that age group, the only exception is in circumstances of an Interim T1 Head Coach.

T1 Head Coaches

We are thrilled to have secured the following coaches for our T1 programs:

  • Gavin Yee – U18 T1 Head Coach
  • Brett Vestby – U15 T1 Head Coach
  • Eric Erickson – U13 T1 Interim Head Coach

Concerns during the Process

Players and parents are not to contact or engage any of the coaches or assessors with questions or concerns with the process, the assessments, their player, or any other matters pertaining to the representative program.

Concerns during the assessment process can be directed to the VMHA Vice President (vp@victoriaminorhockey.ca).

Parent Meetings

We will host an online (Zoom) parent meeting at the beginning of the process to answer any lingering questions and provide updates on the process.

Although tryouts are almost around the corner, there are many details and factors that could force us to adjust our plan. We will use follow-up emails and the parent meetings to highlight any changes and answer questions.

Cost and Fees

The Rep Tryout fees must be paid prior to the assessment, any player who has not paid their tryout fee before 05 September 2021 will not be allowed to take part in the assessment process and will be released to the recreation program for the 2021 minor hockey season. This fee is non-refundable and is used to cover the costs associated with the assessment process.

In addition to the Rep Tryout Fee, players selected for the representative program will also need to pay the Rep Program fee of $600 for the 2021 minor hockey season. This will cover expenses associated with the extra practices, games and referees that make up the differences between the recreation and representative programs.

Finally, each team will also develop a season plan and seek Team Fees to cover team events, tournaments, extra ice, dryland, as well as other team expenses. Please note that U15 T1 and U18 T1 team fees will also cover their head coach’s travel expenses as they have a non-parent coach.