Mentor Youth Hockey Tryout and Team Selection Guidelines

Tryouts and team selection will be conducted in a fair and impartial manner under the direction of the Mentor Hockey Director. An outside evaluating team will be scoring the players during tryouts. MYH will hold tryout sessions.

The Mentor Youth Hockey Evaluations /Tryouts will take place on the following dates: March 19, 20 & 24.

MITE March 19 6:15-7:30 p.m. March 24 8:30-9:30 a.m.
SQUIRT March 19 7:45-9:00 p.m. March 24 9:45-10:45 a.m.
PEEWEE March 20 6:15-7:15 p.m. March 24 12:00-1:00 p.m.
BANTAM April 9 8:15-9:15 p.m. April 14 9:00-10:00 a.m.

All tryout fees must be paid prior to the player participating in the tryout process. Only players in good financial standing with MYH, the City of Mentor and other youth hockey organizations affiliated with USA Hockey and the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League will be permitted to tryout. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click here to view/download the 2018/2019 Tryout Registration form.

Each age group will perform skill drills. All data from the skills evaluations will be calculated. This is when the split of groups will happen. Each division will be split into 2 groups.

Following the skills split, players will scrimmage in their respective splits. The coaches, hockey director and independent evaluators will assess the scrimmages and try to get as much data on each player as possible.

There will be two scrimmages. Players may move from one group to another and some players may be asked to scrimmage with both groups.

Scrimmages will be evaluated on a point system. Coaches’ comments from the tryouts as well as coaches’ comments from the previous year will be a factor when making a decision on teams. Coach’s comments and evaluations will not be made public.

Teams and Team Composition
Teams will be comprised of 10 skaters and 1 goalie. The final number of players will be determined by the Mentor Hockey Director and the coaching committee.

The number of teams will be determined based on the number of players trying out, available ice time and talent level. Coaches may roster the allowable number of players per USA Hockey regulations (20). Coaches also have  the option  to ‘double’ roster players and/or designate substitute players.

Evaluators will rate player skills and ability as well as make suggestions to the head coach for final team selections. Independent evaluators will be used.
Evaluators will use a standardized scoring system that will assess skating ability and hockey skills at each level during scheduled tryout sessions. The Hockey Director will select evaluators for a given level who do not have children trying out at that level. If an evaluator happens to have a child skating at that level, the evaluator is not allowed to score his own child. All skaters are given colored pinnies with numbers. Evaluation sheets are issued to the evaluators with pinnie colors and numbers only.

Coaches, players or parents should not attempt to have any communication relative to the tryout process with evaluators during or after any tryout process or activity. Confirmed parent/player violations will result in the disqualification of said player from the selection at that level of hockey. A disqualified player will be eligible for the next lower level of play.

Player selection will consider the following factors and player traits:

  • Aptitude Factor
  • Self control and energy level
  • Individual skill
  • Forward/Backward skating
  • Transitional Skating
  • Stick-handling
  • Shooting
  • Passing
  • Game awareness
  • Team play
  • Positional play
  • Communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Coachability
  • Creativity
  • Attitude Factor
  • Team focus
  • Sportsmanship
  • Maturity level
  • Ability to handle adverse situations
  • Enjoyment of the game
  • Response to positive reinforcement
  • Competitive intensity
  • Results oriented
  • Confidence
  • Positive
  • Motivation and dedication to the sport

Skating Up
“Skating up” is rarely good for the player and the association. It depletes the lower age teams and rarely makes the older team more competitive. Sometimes it causes an older player to be displaced from a team. Parents and players who wish to skate up must clearly be at the top of their respective age group, a written request MUST be presented to MYH, along with your tryout form. The move must be from the highest level in one age group to the highest level in the next age group. Mentor Hockey Director has final say on players moving  up.

Please “STAY” encouraging and positive during tryouts. Having FUN is the key to any sport, which teaches life lessons to our children.
Since your child will be busy working on the ice during this time, we ask that you to follow these simple “STAY” rules during tryouts:

  • STAY positive with your child at all times.
  • STAY away from the glass during tryouts. Parents and bystanders will be relegated to one section of the bleachers during the tryouts.
  • STAY focused on the big picture and trust that our goal is to put every child into the best opportunity for them to succeed, and have a fun season.
  • STAY away from talking about other players and parents comparing your child to other children. This can only cause negative or hurt feelings.
  • STAY with the program and help your child have a great season!
  • STAY away from the sentence, “my kid played on the A team last season.” Players change a lot in terms of size, speed, desire, and strength during the Peewee and Bantam years. A lot can change from year to year and no one’s position is guaranteed! Just because they made an A team or a B team one season does not guarantee they will the following year. Last season is last season!

Please avoid comments to the players or reactions to the players on ice. Remember the tryout process is a very small part of the hockey season.
Take your time during tryouts to get to know the other parents and hopefully get involved with our booster club. Being involved is a great way to show support.

Players will be selected based on several intangible traits versus just stronger individual hockey skills. Hockey is a team sport and individuals with stronger skills but who are selfish can often be counterproductive to achieving team goals and upset team chemistry.  Hockey is a long season and the right team  chemistry (on and off the ice) is crucial to a successful program. Coaches will keep this in of mind when making team selections.

Player Commitment
A Player’s Commitment assessment, as specified by his or hers previous seasons’ coaches, will also be used as a critical factor in final player placement. A player’s commitment to the program, and, more specifically, their team, is oftentimes over-looked or taken for granted.

The head coaches will work together with the Mentor Hockey Director on team composition.

The head coach will utilize a mix of evaluator recommendations and coaches’ insights to make team selections.

Only the Mentor Hockey Director has the right to suspend or remove a player from the roster whose actions are deemed abusive, violate team policies or are detrimental in any way.

Commitment to Program
Once tryouts are concluded, Parents’ and Players’ have 1 week to make their commitment to their teams. This is done by filling out the Player Commitment Form and returning it with payment.

In the event a player is not selected for a team, the Mentor Hockey Director and Coaching Committee will make every effort to explain as to why a child did not make a team. Parents may file an appeal.

Appeal Process
Appeals will be handled by the Mentor Youth Hockey Committee. All appeals must follow a 24 hour waiting period after the team selection. After the 24 hour waiting period, appeals will be accepted in writing only and may be emailed or dropped off to the Mentor Hockey Director.

Any appeal before the 24 hours after team selection will result in  that appeal being automatically denied. Parents must then set an appointment to meet with the Mentor Hockey Director.

Decisions on appeals will be made as soon as possible by Mentor Youth Hockey Committee. Mentor Hockey Director has the final say on all decisions.