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WCYHA has elected to hold tryouts in the spring for several reasons. First, it allows families to focus on enjoying summer vacations and getting their kids back to school without the added complexity of hockey tryouts. It also makes it easier and more efficient for the WCYHA Board to manage the extensive administrative needs of the program. Having an understanding as to the number of teams will aid in purchasing ice time, selection of coaches, scheduling of practices, declaration of tier designations, etc. Lastly, this is more consistent with the direction of Connecticut Hockey Conference and other programs.
The purpose of tryouts is to evaluate a player's skills, instinctive feel for the game, commitment and teamwork in order to place him or her on a team that will provide the best environment to maximize player development, improve self-confidence, allow for enjoyment of the game of ice hockey and for WCYHA to great competitive teams.

WCYHA has developed a tryout process that intends to place players on teams matching their individual skills and competitive level. We recognize that players develop at different times and intervals. Some players will develop the most from being one of the top players and driving the team flow. Some players will develop the most from being one of the lower players and having to step up their level of play. In evaluating players and making team selections, we attempt to account for these factors. The goal is to build teams that consist of players with similar abilities and drive, in a competitive atmosphere, while fostering skills development. Therefore the highest-level team is not always the best fit for a player.

We expect all players to attend all tryouts. WCYHA’s policy is that a player must attend at least one try-out session to be placed on a team. If a returning player cannot attend spring try-outs but does plan to return and play for the Jr. Colonials in the fall, they must communicate this to the board prior to tryouts and request a "Special Case" placement (as described below) or be placed via the Missed Try-Out process.

Tryouts shall consist of skill evaluation in the areas of skating, passing and receiving, stick handling, shooting, play making, stamina, and checking (if applicable). In addition Goaltenders will also be evaluated based on their skill in making saves and controlling rebounds. Players will also be evaluated game situations to determine positional play and competitiveness. The second night of the tryout will be modified to focus more on
Competitive play especially at the PeeWee and Bantam levels where there will be greater emphasis on game play versus individual skills. Squirt age group will still have individual skill drills but will also incorporate game play as well.

Every effort will be made to provide a fair and consistent approach to the tryout process. Players will be evaluated on the above Selection Criteria skill areas and weighting on individual skills will be dependent on individual division groups as defined by the USA Hockey Division Skill Level guidelines for Mite, Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam. Players must meet a minimum criteria to be placed on a team.

There will be a group of qualified external evaluators grading each level as well as a WCYHA observer who does not have a child trying out for that level. There will also be one or more on-ice coaching instructors who will not be doing any evaluations. Their function is only to assist with the various on-ice drills and scrimmages.

The evaluators will have a list that will have an assigned number with no names. After both tryouts are completed, the evaluators will forward to the WCYHA Board the evaluation results for each age group. The Board will then meet to assign teams using a combination of these evaluations and the evaluations from 2012/2013 coaches (for returning players.)

On occasion there may be an excessive amount of player registration in a particular age or team bracket. Every effort will be made to place all players up to the maximum number allowed by CHC team registration rules. Travel Teams will consist of no more than twenty (20) players (including two (2) goalkeepers).

Tryouts are closed to parents. The WCYHA Board fully understands that questions may arise after tryouts and will address any questions or concerns in a timely manner. Please be reminded that this is an all-volunteer organization. All communications should be directed to .At no time should anyone be contacted by phone unless otherwise directed to do so.
All participants must be registered and paid through the WCYHA website prior to tryouts. Try out fees are $25.00 for Mites and $100.00 for Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams and are not refundable. Walk-ins are not be allowed

Remember that the sign in process takes time so please arrive to the rink 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of the Tryout. Please note: WCYHA pinnies will be handed out to each participant at the registration table on the first night of tryouts and will be collected directly following the second tryout. They must be worn at all times.
 If you are new to WCYHA, you will need your USA Hockey confirmation number to complete registration.


Tryout dates are as follows:

Mites (2005 - Younger)
Monday 4/1 Check-in 4:30 pm On-Ice 5:20-6:20 pm

Squirts (2003 & 2004)
Thursday 4/4 Check-in 6:10 pm On-Ice 7:10-8:40 pm
Saturday 4/6 Check-in 12:00 pm On-Ice 1:00-2:30 pm

PeeWees (2001 & 2002)
Wednesday 4/3 Check-in 6:50 pm On-Ice 7:50-9:20 pm
Friday 4/5 Check-in 6:10 pm On-Ice 7:10-8:40 pm

Bantams (1999 & 2000)
Monday 4/1 Check-in 5:20 pm On-Ice 6:20pm-7:50 pm
Tuesday 4/2 Check-in 4:40 pm On-Ice 5:40-7:10 pm

Rosters will be posted to the website on April 8th.

Anticipated 2013-2014 fees are below and include:
Mite A           $1,700
Mite B           $1,300
Squirts          $1,950
PeeWees      $2,100
Bantams       $2,200

A signed commitment letter and a non-refundable commitment fee of $750.00 will be required by April 15th for players, to secure your spot on the team. While WCYHA will send reminders out before and after tryouts regarding the commitment fee due date, WCYHA will not be following up with individual families to collect monies. If payment is not received by this date WCYHA will assign your position on the team to another player. Please also note that any player with an outstanding balance may try out but will be placed on a waiting list until all fees have been paid. The player will not be guaranteed a spot on an A team even if they are a returning A player.
A player placed on an ‘A’ team is expected to make every practice, game, and tournament unless sick, injured, or a significant family commitment. Players who expect to miss practice or games because of other sports/other commitments should NOT elect to try out for the A team. Limited attendance at practice will affect playing time in games and tournaments and will be taken into consideration for placement the following season. Although not mandatory A team members are expected to participate in the WCYHA off season workouts and WCYHA supported summer camp.

All Head Coaches will be posted on the website after tryouts with the 2013/2014 placements. Assistant coaches will be posted with the final rosters.

Special Cases are situations where players miss all try-out sessions because of injury, medical condition, family emergency or other unforeseen last-minute circumstance. Special case status is granted by the Board and is available only to returning players. After a player receives Special Case Status the Board will place the player on the appropriate team. It is incumbent on the player and his family to communicate with the board in a timely fashion regarding circumstances that occur around planned participation in try-outs. To receive ‘Special Case Status" the player must have been registered for try-outs, (unless the injury or medical condition was communicated to the Association beforehand).

Missed Try-out: This policy applies to players that do not participate in try-outs but are looking for a spot on the roster after try-outs. There are four situations where this can occur: 1) a player moves to our area; 2) a local player seeks to move to a new organization; 3) a local player seeks to play travel hockey for the first time; and 4) a returning player misses try-outs but does not have "special case" status. Players who miss try outs will be placed on teams using the following procedures:

A roster spot depending on availability - If no roster spot is available, players will be added to our "Wait List"
Evaluation by the Coaches of the level the player would play on. All “special case” and missed tryout players are also responsible for payment of the applicable try-out fee.