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2021-22 HOCKEY TRYOUT EVALUATIONS & EXPECTATIONS
05/12/2021
NCWC Members,   The Hockey Policy Committee (“HPC”)...
Check In Procedures: Squirts, Peewees & Bantams *Please Read*
05/07/2021
As a FINAL reminder, Travel Hockey Tryouts will begin for our Squirts,...
UPDATED Warm Up Skates for Upcoming Travel Hockey Tryouts
05/04/2021
NCWC Members, As a FINAL reminder, here is the updated schedule...
Registration for 2021 Midget Fall Season: FINAL REMINDER
04/30/2021
During the past five (5) years, the New Canaan Winter Club...
UPDATED Tryout Dates & Times: Squirts, PeeWees & Bantams
04/22/2021
NCWC Members, Here is the UPDATED schedule for our upcoming Squirt,...
 
2021-22 HOCKEY TRYOUT EVALUATIONS & EXPECTATIONS

NCWC Members,

 

The Hockey Policy Committee (“HPC”)  is committed to making the tryout and team selection as fair a process as possible and our goal remains to place our players on the right team for his/her skill level and development.  We have had success using independent evaluators to assist in the player evaluation process and plan to do so again this year.  One point that HPC wants to make clear to all families with kids trying out is that there are a number of factors that impact team selection.  While we may take into account a player’s past performance, commitment level and a player’s age/tenure in the selection process on “close calls,”  the most important factor remains one’s tryout performance.  Tryouts provide the one opportunity to evaluate all of the players in an age group on an equal footing.  We emphasize these points to set an expectation level that no player is guaranteed a spot on any team nor will a player automatically move up from one team to another.  We owe it to all of our members, players and coaches to select teams based on merit and this will be our philosophy during the team selection process.  As in past years, we will only select players to participate in travel hockey if they have the skill level, commitment and maturity to do so.  

 

Based on our registration, we expect to offer our Members a great lineup of teams that meet the needs of most of our travel hockey caliber players. Based on the numbers that have registered, we anticipate fielding four travel teams at the Squirt (12 and 11 birth years), three travel teams at the Pee Wee (10 and 09 birth years) and three travel teams at the Bantam (08 and 07 birth years) levels.  The roster size of each team will be dictated by the ability of players to handle each level as determined by the evaluators all while taking into account the numbers of players registered for each group.  It is important to understand once again that that when a player accepts a position on a travel team, he/she is expected to participate fully in practices, games and tournaments.  State and other tournaments have traditionally fallen over both the public and private school breaks.  While fall sports may present some understandable conflicts, a strong commitment is essential to the program’s success.  Please keep in mind the NCWC also offers a house program for those who feel uncomfortable with this level of commitment.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

    •    5-6 Evaluators will be on and off the ice evaluating players. Our Hockey Director, Clark Jones, will oversee the process as usual.

    •    The scrimmage sessions provide the kids a great opportunity to showcase their ability in a game setting

    •    Players are evaluated on:

    ◦    Skill Level including skating, shooting, handling of the puck, foot speed, etc.

    ◦    Understanding of time and space, movement without the puck use of body

    ◦    Compete level, winning of battles, attitude, listening skills, how a player handles adversity

    ◦    Decision making with and without the puck

    ◦    Commitment and attendance of practices, games and tournaments does play a part in evaluations

    ◦    Body of work over the previous year/years will be taken into account during evaluations

 

    •    After the final tryout, the evaluators place skaters/goalies on the appropriate teams and then the HPC communicates the lists with the travel team families

  •   After each tryout skate, the evaluators meet, go over each skater and place them in the appropriate groups. Movement of skaters can occur during tryouts.

 EXPECTATIONS OF PLAYERS AND PARENTS:

    •    Players: be dressed and ready before the zamboni is off the ice

    •    Players: bring your own water bottles and be ready to work.

    •    Players and Parents: if you step on the ice on the last day of tryouts you are COMMITTED to the New Canaan Winter Club travel program. Your check will be deposited.

    •    Players: don’t fool around at anytime and no shooting pucks at the boards.  Evaluators will take this into account when placing players on teams.

    •    Players: masks are to be worn at all times

    •    Parents: please drop off your son/daughter and go run some errands or grab a meal. Let your child skate and have fun. They are already nervous as it is and having you standing there watching over them will make them even more nervous.

  • Parents: do NOT contact the Hockey Director, any member on HPC or the Board until 48 HOURS AFTER the ROSTERS are POSTED. If you make contact prior to the 48 hours you will be fined $250. After the 48 hours have been posted, you may contact the Heads of the HPC with any questions or concerns.

 

ANTICIPATED 2021-2022 LIST OF HEAD COACHES:

 

Squirt A: Head Coach Clark Jones

Squirt A1: Head Coach  Matt Magda

Squirt B:  Head Coach J.P. McNichol

Squirt C: TBD

 

Peewee A: Head Coach Brandon Angotti

Peewee A1: Head Coach Mike Mammone

Peewee B: Head Coach J.P. McNichol

 

Bantam A: Head Coach Clark Jones

Bantam A1: Head Coach Jamie Hanford

Bantam B: Head Coach Mike Mammone

Please note that there will be assistant coaches added  from our deep bench of professional coaches and parents once the rosters are set. We are blessed with a lot of talent and energy from this group and they continue to be an important part of our success and culture.

***PLEASE NOTE:  MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES BY PLAYERS AND PARENTS WHENEVER THEY ARE INSIDE OF DIH AND/OR ON THE ICE***

HPC 


by posted 05/12/2021
Check In Procedures: Squirts, Peewees & Bantams *Please Read*

As a FINAL reminder, Travel Hockey Tryouts will begin for our Squirts, Peewees & Bantams on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18 at Darien Ice House (DIH)

MONDAY, MAY 17:

Please follow these CHECK IN steps below for SQUIRT TRYOUTS:

  • Squirts (last names: A-I):  CHECK IN begins at 4:10 PM
  • Squirts (last names: J-Z):  CHECK IN begins at 5:20 PM

Please follow these CHECK IN steps below for BANTAM TRYOUTS:

  • Bantams (last names: A-K):  CHECK IN begins at 6:30 PM

TUESDAY, MAY 18:

Please follow these CHECK IN steps below for PEEWEE TRYOUTS:

  • Peewees (last names: A-J):  CHECK IN begins at 4:30 PM
  • Peewees (last names: K-Z):  CHECK IN begins at 5:40 PM

Please follow these CHECK IN steps below for BANTAM TRYOUTS:

  • Bantams (last names: L-Z):  CHECK IN begins at 6:50 PM

The CHECK IN process for each respective group will be CLOSED 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START of their skating session.  Thus, please arrive early as we will not be processing any late arrivals.  

*** We cannot make any exceptions if you do not follow these steps. ***

Please bring the following:

1) Enrollment Check – You will need to bring a separate check for EACH child you have trying out made out to: New Canaan Winter Club. 

Pricing for Squirts: $1875/CHILD *These are a non-refundable deposit*

Pricing for Peewees: $2100/CHILD *These are a non-refundable deposit*

Pricing for Bantams$2100/CHILD *These are a non-refundable deposit*

The remaining amount (Squirts: $1875 for a total of $3750; Peewees: $2100 for a total of $4200Bantams: $2100 for a total of $4200will be invoiced on September 1. This tuition will cover the bulk of the additional fees (coaches' salaries, tournament fees other than Lake Placid, etc.)

Depending upon specific team charges, there may be additional charges or a credit later in the season.  If your child does not make one of the travel teams, we will shred your check.  Please contact Jeff Brandt at  if you have any pricing questions. 

2) Outstanding dues - If any, you will need to bring a separate check for any past dues made out to: New Canaan Winter Club.  

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF STEPS 1-2, EACH PLAYER WILL BE GIVEN A PREASSIGNED JERSEY TO WEAR FOR TRYOUTS.  Please note that these jerseys will be used after tryouts as their practices jerseys so each player can keep the jersey that was assigned to them.    

We are excited about this upcoming hockey season and appreciate everyone's cooperation in making the CHECK IN process a smooth one.

***PLEASE NOTE:  MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES BY PLAYERS AND PARENTS WHENEVER THEY ARE INSIDE OF DIH AND/OR ON THE ICE***

Tryouts & Times:

***Please note that once your child steps on the ice, on the last day of tryouts, you are committing to playing for the New Canaan Winter Club 2021-2022 travel season.*** 

 

MONDAY, MAY 17

-5:10-6:10p SQUIRT (LAST NAME A-I)

-6:20-7:20p SQUIRT (LAST NAME J-Z)

-7:30-8:30p BANTAM (LAST NAME A-K)

 

TUESDAY, MAY 18

-5:30-6:30p PEEWEE (LAST NAME A-J)

-6:40-7:40p PEEWEE (LAST NAME K-Z)

-7:50-8:50p BANTAM (LAST NAME L-Z)

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

-7:00-8:00p SQUIRT GROUP 2

-8:10-9:10p SQUIRT GROUP 1

 

THURSDAY, MAY 20

-4:20-5:20p PEEWEE GROUP 1

-5:30-6:30p PEEWEE GROUP 2

-6:40-7:40p BANTAM GROUP 1

-7:50-8:50p BANTAM GROUP 2

 

FRIDAY, MAY 21

-6:50-7:50p BANTAM GROUP 2

-8:00-9:00p BANTAM GROUP 1

 

SATURDAY, MAY 22

-1:40-2:40p SQUIRT GROUP 2

-2:50-3:50p SQUIRT GROUP 1

-4:00-5:00p PEEWEE GROUP 2

-5:10-6:10p PEEWEE GROUP 1

 

HPC


by posted 05/07/2021
UPDATED Warm Up Skates for Upcoming Travel Hockey Tryouts

NCWC Members,

As a FINAL reminder, here is the updated schedule for warm up skates for the upcoming Squirt, Peewee and Bantam tryouts in May.

**ALL WARM UP SKATES WILL BE HELD AT DARIEN ICE HOUSE**

FRIDAY, MAY 14:

-6:50-7:50PM: Peewees

SATURDAY, MAY 15:

-8:00-9:00AM - Squirts

SUNDAY, MAY 16:

-10:00-11:00AM - Bantams

These warm up skates will cost $30 per skater, so please bring either CASH OR CHECK (Venmo will NOT be accepted) to give to Annie Watson before your player gets on the ice for his/her respective warm up session.

Your skater will NOT be allowed on the ice until payment is received.

Sign-ups are not required.

HPC

 


by posted 05/04/2021
Registration for 2021 Midget Fall Season: FINAL REMINDER

During the past five (5) years, the New Canaan Winter Club has provided support for both 16U and 18U New Canaan Midget hockey teams in the fall.   These teams have been run by the parents of the New Canaan High School hockey team members.  This program is available to all NCWC members and non-members for the fall of 2021.  

 

One key change to this New Canaan high school program is that we intend to go through the registration process this spring with the intent of potentially holding evaluations this spring rather than in the fall. 

 

Please follow and complete the registration instructions that are listed below and complete by Friday, May 7.  We will not be charging any fees at this time as we just want to capture a list of our participants so that we can make strategic planning decisions.  But, there will be a late fee of $250 per player if you wait until after this date to complete all of our registration steps as listed belowRegistration will close on Tuesday, May 11.    

 

If you have any questions about getting your son involved in this program, please contact Jeff Brandt, .

 

Please follow the following four (4) steps to register your Travel Hockey Players for both General Registration and their respective Travel Hockey programs at the New Canaan Winter Club.  This process looks more intimidating than it really is and the following steps have been provided to make the process an easier one for you.  Please follow these steps precisely as they will save all of us a lot of time:

    

  1. Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and register each hockey player/coach in your family with USA Hockey that will be playing Travel Hockey.  Please make sure you register your player(s) by clicking "Ice Players and Coaches.”  Each player will receive a code that has nine (9) numbers and the first five (5) letters of their last name in it.  It is suggested that you print out the USA Hockey registration confirmation (complete with number and barcode) for your records.  At a minimum, please write down your USA Hockey confirmation number for each child and keep this information available for completing Step 4 in the Winter Club’s registration process.  You will need to pay the $55.50/player USA Hockey registration fee (Including $9.50 for the CHC) via credit card.  Children under the age of 6 are free but they must still be registered.

The fourth digit in your USA Hockey number must be a 2.  This indicates you are submitting a current registration for the 2021-22 season.

  1. Please complete the ONLINE NCWC Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form (one per family) 
  1. Winter Club members should register all family members for General Registration 2021-2022, who intend to skate at the Winter Club at anytime during the season, including general skating.  Non-members should just register their son for General Registration 2021-2022 as your family will not have access to use the Winter Club.   

 Please follow these following steps:

  • Go to www.ncwinterclub.com
  • Click on Register Online on the left column
  • Click the 2021-2022 General Registration button
  • Log in by entering email address and your password; if you do not remember your password, then just type in your email address and hit submit.  Your password will be automatically sent to your email address.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING BY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU SENT TO THE WINTER CLUB WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED THE CLUB.  DO NOT REGISTER USING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS UNLESS THE WINTER CLUB HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS AND HAS IT ON FILE AS YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT. 
  • Register Parents first as your information will automatically transfer to your children’s account information.  Click on each family member's name that you need to register and follow instructions for completing the Emergency Contact information, Code of Conduct, and Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form.  When you are completing the medical information for each child, please type the word NONE in the appropriate boxes if the medical issue does not apply to him or her.  If you do not do this, then the system will not register your child.  Please repeat this step again for each family member if you have not done so already.  Please verify that each family member has been successfully registered by seeing that 2021-2022 General Registration is listed next to or underneath each child’s name. 
  1. Register your player for the Midgets program. 

 ***Please note that the system is set up so that you must successfully register for General Registration before you can complete this step***   

 Please follow these steps:

  • Click on Register Online on the left column.
  • Click on this link: 2021 Midgets Hockey.
  • Enter your child’s 2021-22 USA Hockey registration number at the bottom of the Participant Information page after you have verified that the information is accurate.  The system will not allow you to finalize your registration unless you provide this information.   
  • Double check the information and click submit.  USA Hockey instantaneously verifies that you correctly entered a valid USA Hockey number     

Congratulations, you are finished with the entire registration process and an automatic confirmation email will be sent to you!!! 

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the Winter Club’s Registrar at   

HPC


by posted 04/30/2021
UPDATED Tryout Dates & Times: Squirts, PeeWees & Bantams

NCWC Members,

Here is the UPDATED schedule for our upcoming Squirt, Peewee and Bantam tryouts in May. 

Mite tryotus will be announced at a later date and will take place at the end of August or early September.  

 

**ALL TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD AT DARIEN ICE HOUSE**

 

MONDAY, MAY 17

4:00-5:00p SQUIRT (LAST NAME A-I)

6:20-7:20p SQUIRT (LAST NAME J-Z)

7:30-8:30p BANTAM (LAST NAME A-L)

 

TUESDAY, MAY 18

5:30-6:30p PEEWEE (LAST NAME A-J)

6:40-7:40p PEEWEE (LAST NAME K-Z)

7:50-8:50p BANTAM (LAST NAME M-Z)

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

7:00-8:00p SQUIRT GROUP 2

8:10-9:10p SQUIRT GROUP 1

 

THURSDAY, MAY 20

4:20-5:20p PEEWEE GROUP 1

5:30-6:30p PEEWEE GROUP 2

6:40-7:40p BANTAM GROUP 1

7:50-8:50p BANAM GROUP 2

 

FRIDAY, MAY 21

6:50-7:50p BANTAM GROUP 2

8:00-9:00p BANTAM GROUP 1

 

SATURDAY, MAY 22

1:40-2:40p SQUIRT GROUP 2

2:50-3:50p SQUIRT GROUP 1

4:00-5:00p PEEWEE GROUP 2

5:10-6:10p PEEWEE GROUP 1

 

HPC

 


by posted 04/22/2021