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Flames Placement Process (Replacing Tryouts)
Note - Their is a FAQ section below which we will continue to update with the most common questions being asked.
We have been advised by USA Hockey that all Atlantic Division organizations can proceed effective June 11th to offer contracts to players for next season based on their current knowledge of players in lieu of tryouts. This past Wednesday we held an internal Flames board meeting to discuss how to proceed, and spent some time discussing reviewing how other organizations are going to proceed. Last night the New Jersey Youth Hockey Association held an emergency meeting online to allow all organizations to discuss the USA Hockey notice, and address any questions. Coming out of those two meetings we now have a plan to share with you on how to move forward.
First, in lieu of official on ice tryouts, we will be offering each player an opportunity to apply for placement on a Flames team at their appropriate age level. The player can choose which teams they wish to be placed on – ie AA, A or B (this list will vary according to age group and what teams we are able to offer). When a player chooses their placement options the player may also select multiple teams at their age group and we highly recommend doing so. If a player only selects the higher level team, and we are not able to place that player on the higher level team, then we will not place the player until all other players that have indicated their choice for the lower level team have been placed. If there are still openings on the lower level team then we will contact that player to see if there is interest in playing on the lower level team. What does this mean for your player? As an organization we will do our very best to try and ensure that every returning player gets placed before all incoming players under the presumption that they are flexible within their age group. If a player chooses to only be placed on the higher level team, then we will proceed to fill the lower level team with the players that have registered to fill out the rosters first. Only after this has been done will we then reach back out to offer your player a spot on the lower level team if that team is not full. Therefore, we highly encourage you to be flexible when filling out the placement sheet unless your player truly does not want to play on the lower level team.
As part of this process there will be an initial $125 Placement fee due upon registering for placement. For those that have signed up for tryouts and paid your tryout fee already, the tryout fee will be applied toward this cost. However, unlike previous years where the tryout fee went to cover the costs of Tryouts, this season that fee will be applied as a credit toward your 2020-21 season tuition fees as long as the player accepts the placement offering they have selected and signs for the season if the Flames offer a spot. If in the rare case we find we cannot place a player at their chosen level then the fee will be refunded fully. Should a player decide to reject the placement they have chosen if offered, the fee will not be refunded. The purpose of this fee is to ensure that players filling out the placement forms are willing to commit at the level they requested if offered a spot. This helps ensure that as we assemble our teams the players are committed and willing to take that spot.
Please be advised that no organization is permitted to offer a contract or a guaranteed spot prior to June 11th. Therefore, we are not permitted to guarantee you a spot on any team prior to that date, and neither is any other club. Effective June 11th, we will send out a communication to all players advising them of their placement. Players will have 24 hours to accept their placement and sign a season contract. After the 24 hours has expired any placements unclaimed may be given away to other players looking for a placement. USA Hockey has advised that all clubs must submit rosters to them by June 20th.
I am sure that at this point you probably have many questions. To start to address these we will host age level online meetings in the near future. You will receive a follow up email explaining the time of the session and how to join. During that session you will be joined by Andrew Ducko, our Hockey Director, several of our Board members as well as our coaches for that level. We will walk you through the process in person and answer any questions you may have.
Finally, I want to address the question of fees paid for services that we have not been able to offer due to COVID. These include the 3 on 3 Spring League as well as the Pre-Tryout Clinics. For the 3 on 3 league, we still hope to get that in during the summer if the rinks are permitted to re-open prior to the regular travel leagues. If in the unfortunate event that we cannot get that league going, we will credit those fees toward your upcoming season. For the Pre- Tryout clinics, I do not anticipate that we will be able to reschedule those, therefore we will credit those funds toward your upcoming season.
We thank you for your patience, and look forward to being back on the ice very soon.
Glenn K Doody
President, Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association
Frequently Asked Questions
How to I get my placement form?
We are still working to determine whether to do that electronically via our registration system or via email. The issue we have is that we already have about 80 players registered for tryouts who will just have their registration transferred to the new registration process and will not have to register for placement, but will need to fill out the form. We are working to determine the best method to collect this information given where we were in the Tryout registration process and will inform everybody once we finalize that part of the process.
How do I know when the Virtual Age level meeting is?
We will send a follow up email next week with the invitations to the age-level meetings.
If I register to tryout, am I guaranteed a spot on a team?
As a family run organization we try our best never to cut a player that wants to play for the Flames providing the player is flexible about what level they want to play at (AA,A or B). Every registered player that have selected at least the lowest level team, along with any other levels will be selected for a team. The player may not be selected for the higher level team that they want. For example: A player may want to skate at the A level and we may offer them a spot on an B team.
For those players that select only the higher level teams, If you are not offered a spot on that higher level team that you select, if there is still room on the lower level team, we will offer you a spot, but spots cannot be guaranteed. If one is not offered, you will be refunded your fee.
How will players be selected to teams?
Our Coaches and Hockey Directors will be meeting to discuss every registered player and select those players to specific teams
Can players from other organizations be selected for teams?
Yes. Our Coaches and Hockey Directors are familiar with all of the players in the area, and we welcome players from other clubs. Players who played with the Flames last season will be given priority over new incoming players.
Will players be notified what team they were selected for prior to the contract signing?
Yes. We will notify players what team they have been placed into on June 11th, and players will have 24 hours to complete and return their contract, otherwise we will consider that spot as open to allow other players that may want to take the spot to do so.
Is there a placement fee?
Yes, the placement fees are the same as for a regular tryout. The key difference is that the placement fee will go as a credit toward your regular season as long as if you are offered a spot at your chosen level you accept it. If you decline the spot, the placement fee is non-refundable.
What if I already registered and paid for Tryouts?
If you have already registered and paid for Tryouts, then your registration will automatically be moved over to the placement registration, and your Placement fee considered paid.
Do goalies have to pay the Placement Fee?
The placement fee process and costs are identical to the structure used for Tryouts. Goalies do not have to pay the placement fee, however they will also not receive the credit for having paid the placement fee.
Will families be required to pay their tuition in full on June 11th?
No, the deposit system will be the same as previous years. We will collect a $500 deposit due at the time of signing. The balance will be due 30 days prior to the start of the season unless a monthly payment plan is requested.
What if the season is postponed or delayed? Will families receive a refund for the registration and tuition fees?
Yes. We will issue refunds and/or credits for any part of the season that cannot be completed.
What if I lose my job or experience financial hardship due to COVID19 prior to the start of the season?
All USA Hockey clubs are requested to include in their contracts a clause that provides for a full refund up to July 31st of any fees paid in the event of financial hardship due to COVID19. The family will have to provide evidence that the hardship is due to COVID 19. If a player requests this refund, the organization will refund their money, however the player will not be permitted to play elsewhere for the upcoming season.
Will the Flames rinks be available this season?
At this point we anticipate that both rinks will be open and available. If our rinks are not able to open for any reason we have quality connections with nearby rinks to secure ice as needed.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BANTAM A TEAM FOR MAKING THE USA HOCKEY ATLANTIC AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS!!!
FLAMES BANTAM B AND BANTAM A TEAMS MAKE NJHYL PLAYOFFS!
NASSAU GIRLS U12 TEAM MAKES MAWHA PLAYOFFS!
Congratulates to our Bantam B and Bantam A teams, as well as our Girls U12 team for making the playoffs in their respective leagues, the NJYHL and MAWHA. This is quite an accomplishment for both teams and clearly illustrates both the growth in skill and development of these players who are mostly Flames and Nassau returning players from last season.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL 3 TEAMS ON YOUR JOURNEY!
FLAMES PEE WEE A AND BANTAM A PUNCH TICKETS FOR EJEPHL PLAYOFFS!!!!!
Congratulates to both our Pee Wee A and Bantam A teams which will be taking part in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects Hockey League (EJEPHL) Playoffs held at Ice Line Jan 31-Feb 2.
The Pee Wees participated in the EJEPHL U12 Futures Conference consisting of 28 teams from across Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Maine and New Hampshire. Based on their record, the team placed 6th of 8 qualifying teams.
The Bantams participated in the EJEPHL U14 Futures Conference consisting of 30 teams Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Maine and New Hampshire. Based on their record, the team place 6th of 8 qualifying teams.
Both teams will play a round robin to determine which two teams move onto the semi-finals.
The EJEPHL is utilized by many hockey programs to supplement the NJYHL season. Teams participating in the EJ play a 16 game schedule against teams from outside their regular local exposure.
Congratulations to Midget U18AA on making States & Districts!
Our Midget U18AA team missed going to nationals by the slimist of margins, capping two great weekends of hockey. On the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th the team charged through State playoffs earning a berth in the Districts, where they would take on the Jaguars Black team in a best of three championship to determine who would go to finals. Getting though the State championships was no easy feat for a team that suffering from multiple injuries, but the players stepped up to compete. On Friday night, game 1 of the Districts saw our Flames drop a 5 to 1 decision, and on Saturday our Flames fought hard to bring the game to overtime, sucummbing to the Jaguars Black 2-1 in overtime. Congratulations on a great seaon to our Midget U18AA team.
Hershey Labor Day Tournament
Bantam B Champions
Playing “We are the Champions” and drinking (water) out of the new Cup like trophy, the Lawrence Nassau Flames Bantam B team celebrated a hard fought championship win at the Hershey Labor Day Tournament on Sunday September 2 at the Twin Ponds East ice rink in Harrisburg PA. The team won all four games during the three-day tournament with dominating offense and stellar defense - scoring 16 goals and only allowing 3.
“We definitely preached fitness when we started putting this thing together, knowing we had a bit of a short bench. The boys earned every bit of that trophy, and hopefully this is the first step in a successful journey for us as a team,” said Coach Steve Kolber.
Led by points leader Luke Gensinger, the team received goal scoring from Patrick Crome, Michael Pirone, Dylan Peters, Abhay Malushte, Matthew Cudmore and Nate Kocheran. Ryan Kocheran, Chris Hanson, Jacob Adami, Liam Ryan and Chase Wood all chipped in assists during the championship run. While Jake Lenox and Nick Chetti held down the goaltending duties admirably, facing over 70 shots in 4 games - including 2 shutouts.
"If we can keep everybody contributing positively, we should be in for a great season,” concluded Coach Kolber.
Congratulations Ace Ewanchyna!
The Lawrence Nassau Flames would like to congratulate Ace Ewanchyna from the Flames U16AA team on his selection to one of two Atlantic District 2005 teams that traveled to Villach, Austria this week. Ace, who has played with the Flames since he was a Mite, traveled overseas to play teams from Ukraine and Austria in an international competition. Through three games Ace has contributed two goals and an assist, which ties him for third on his team in points. He will play two more games on Friday in the round robin round with playoffs taking place over the weekend. The Flames organization is extremely proud of Ace and his accomplishments as they are a testament to all the hard work and dedication he has shown throughout his hockey career. Anyone interested in following Ace can follow this link https://www.kehv.at/lions-trophy/ or follow @AtlanticDistr on Twitter where games are streamed live on Periscope.