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IHWC Youth Hockey Parents,
IHWC Rangers Hockey Tryout time is here for the 2019‐’20 season! This
overview is to provide information on the IHWC youth hockey team composition for the upcoming season and
explain the evaluation/tryout process. Our program is always
working to improve the youth hockey experience and this overview
includes expectations for the 2019‐20 season. The goal of any youth
evaluation or tryout is to find the best team for each player’s
development and most importantly to have fun.
IHWC Rangers Try-out & Registration Key Dates:
Rangers Youth Hockey Event:
IHWC Tryout Registration
USA Hockey Registration for 2019-20 season
IHWC 2019-20 Season Registration (Mite to HS) –
IHWC Rangers Online Store Opens
Week of 4/8
2019-20 A1/A2 Team “Tryout Clinics”
4/15 & 4/22
2019-20 A1/A2 Team Tryouts & HS Varsity Tryouts
2019-20 Rosters Posted on IHWC Website (Acceptance
in 1 week)
2019-20 Season Registration Closes & Rangers
Online Store Closes
IHWC Rangers Division Names, Team Formation & Tryout
IHWC Team & Division Nomenclature:
IHWC will roster both Rec and A level teams at each youth age group.
Rec teams will be referenced by a “B” after the team name.
Non‐recreational teams will be referenced by an “A” after the team
name. The “A” and/or “B“ included in the team name follow the USA
Hockey guidance denoting the level of competition for the team. The
8U/Mite will continue to be called Indian Hill Mite League (IHML).
• Recreational (Rec) or B Teams:
• Participate in the Midwest Youth Hockey League (MYHL) or other
leagues offering parity of play.
• Includes players of any skill or experience level.
• Focus on local games and competition, with less time and commitment
relative to A teams
• Each IHWC age division will have one Recreational team each
• Season is Mid‐October 2019 to early March 2020.
• 20‐25 games, End of Season League Tournament, 2 weekly practices and
ADM session (TBD). (optional)
• A1/A2 Teams:
• Participate in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League, Ohio Scholastic
Hockey League or another competitive League for parity of play.
• Includes teams at AA and/or A levels as well as high school teams.
• Will require a greater level of travel, monetary and time commitment
to the sport.
• Will place a greater emphasis on competition with additional games
• Season is early September 2019 to early March 2020
• 40‐50 games, End of Season League tournament, 2 tournaments, 2 weekly
practices and ADM session (TBD). Additional tournaments can be decided
upon and paid by team.
IHWC Team Formation:
• All Rangers youth teams will be formed in the
Spring following IHWC Evaluations/tryouts.
• Tryout evaluations are for players wanting to play on an A1/A2 level
• Rec. B players do not have to attend a tryout session, but do have to
register for 2019-20 season starting April 3 to May 16.
• April 2019 Tryouts include all players in the 10U/Squirt, 12U/Peewee,
14U/Bantam & High School Levels.
• Each age division may have 1‐2 A level teams, dependent on registered
player numbers. Team formation is determined by registered numbers and
• Each age division will be reviewed for number of rostered players,
goalies and to ensure each age division will have a Recreational B
• Each age group has factors that vary: different number of players
registered, different skill set and desire for competition level. Age
groups will be reviewed independently based on the variables mentioned
EXAMPLE ONLY - Team Formation:
14U/Bantam Age Division – illustrating team names and formation for
• 14U/PW A1 – Plays in Buckeye A Silver division
• 14U/PW A2 – Plays in Buckeye A Bronze division
• 14U/PW B – Plays in MYHL or another competitive league
Why do we have team formation in the Spring 2019?
· All skaters are provided fairness and evaluated at the same time.
· Team placement is early. Players know their coach and roster in
advance of the season starting.
· All skaters will be placed on a team with parity of selection based
on skill within their age group.
· IHWC RANGERS uniform and gear ordering. We ensure all uniforms,
spirit wear and gear is ordered well in advance of the 2019‐20 season
start with a Spring store offering. The IHWC uniform online store will
open April 3 to May 16 in coordination with IHWC registration.
· Ice scheduling. Knowing teams will allow us to appropriately schedule
practice and game ice for 2019‐2020 season.
Tryout & Evaluation Overview:
Objectives of IHWC Spring Tryout Evaluations:
· Provide a fair and impartial assessment of a player's total hockey
skills during skating, small area games and scrimmage sessions
· Place players on the most appropriate team based on their level of
skill, measured against their peer group, during on‐ice evaluations,
while also factoring in feedback from previous coaches and certain
hockey “intangibles” (e.g. work ethic, coachability, attitude, etc.)
· Provide uniformity, consistency and transparency in the tryout
process such that player and parent expectations are consistent from
year to year as players move through the various levels of the IHWC's
age groups (8U/Mites, 10U/Squirts, 12U/PeeWee, 14U/Bantam, & High
· Form teams that are competitive at each level and provide the best
opportunity for all players to further develop their skills and to HAVE FUN playing hockey
· Provide feedback in order to enhance the development of each hockey
2019-20 A1/A2 Teams Tryout Clinic & Tryout Dates:
Register – CLICK HERE
Register – CLICK HERE
2011 to 2013
No Clinic- Register for season on April 3!
No Tryout – Register for season on April 3!
2009 & 2010
Monday, April 8 6pm
Monday, April 15 6pm
Monday, April 22 6pm
2007 & 2008
Tuesday, April 9 6pm
Tuesday, April 16 6pm
Tuesday, April 23 6pm
2005 & 2006
Thursday, April 11 6pm
Thursday, April 18 6pm
Thursday, April 25 6pm
2001 to 2004
Thursday, March 21 7:10 - 8:40pm
Thursday, April 11 7:10 – 8:40pm
Thursday, April 25 7:10 - 8:40pm
FALL TRYOUTS: September 2019 TBD
*For Varsity 2 of the 3 Spring try out dates required. Varsity
will host two to three additional tryout sessions in the
Fall 2019 (September). Players who want to play JV do not need to
attend tryouts but DO have to register for the 2019-20 season on
• 10U, 12U and 14U Parent Meetings will be hosted at IHWC during
tryouts the week of April 15. Mite and High School parent meetings will
be held in the Fall 2019.
• The “Tryout Clinic” offered the week before tryouts
is a clinic that will run-through the drills and format of the tryout
• Please plan on being at the rink 1 hour prior to your scheduled
• Tryout Fee: Members of Indian Hill Winter Club will pay a $20 tryout
fee and non-members a $100 Tryout Fee. If the non-member player makes a
team the $100 will be deducted from the new member’s initiation fees.
• Tryout Clinic Fee: The clinic to prepare for tryouts is $20 per
player, member and non-members.
• Upon registration and acceptance of an IHWC Rangers roster spot, the
player will be charged a $250 non‐refundable acceptance deposit. For
non-members, the IHWC membership application has to be submitted within
one week of acceptance to reserve the roster spot offered.
IHWC Checking Clinics and Baseline Testing for 14U, JV and
IHWC will host two checking clinics every 14U player will be required
to attend before playing in League Games for the 2019-20 season.
Clinics will be held in early September at IHWC.
Baseline testing is a measure of a person’s balance and cognitive
function prior to sustaining a concussion. Every player in the 14U and
High School program will be required to complete a Baseline test (done
every two years) through a complimentary service. This test is for all
players who are of checking age. The Baseline test is also available
complimentary for any IHWC player under the age of 14U upon
request to Rangers@IHWinterClub.com.
Player Tryout Evaluation FAQ’s
The following are Frequently Asked Questions that hopefully
will help build greater understanding and transparency of how the
1. When should we arrive for the tryouts?
Your player should arrive 1 hour before their
scheduled tryout. This allows time to go through registration and be
ready 10 minutes before the ice time begins for a meeting with the
Evaluation Instructor/Club Management. At that time the format for that
evening’s tryout session will be explained.
2. How many tryout sessions will there be?
There will be 2 total sessions. The first session will be an overall
evaluation of all players. Session 2 will consist of either a call-back
or scrimmage amongst all players. 10U/Squirt, 12U/PW and 14U/Bantam
tryouts will be 1 hour and 20 minutes with High School being up to 1
hour and 20 minutes.
3. Why do we have tryouts?
IHWC conducts tryout sessions to provide player assessments each season
and to place players on teams of parity of skill. The players at each
age level are divided according to ability to maximize the potential
for each player and each team to improve and have a successful season.
The goal of IHWC is to provide the best opportunity for all players to
further develop their hockey skills and have FUN!
4. Should my son/daughter try out for an “A” level team?
This question can be answered by referring to your player’s success and
growth over the past season in parallel with the feedback provided by
your current head coach. Any player of the appropriate age is eligible
to try out for the “A” level teams however; it is important parents are
realistic in your expectations.
5. Are tryouts mandatory for all youth hockey players at IHWC?
No. The tryout evaluation is only required if your player wants to
tryout to play on an “A” level team. The tryouts provide your player to
be evaluated against his/her peer group and placed on the appropriate
Players who wish to continue with playing on an IHWC’s Rec/B
team ARE NOT required to attend any tryout sessions, but ARE
required to register for the 2019-20 season by May 16, 5pm.
6. If my son/daughter was on a team on an A1/A2 team last season, will
that mean they automatically make one of the A level teams in the
No one is guaranteed placement on any team except the Recreational
teams. The tryout format is to compare and assess all players and their
abilities to be competitive at the “A” level. It also takes into
account the number of players registered for the 2019-20 season and
their skill sets for team placement.
7. What if my player cannot make it to the evaluations/tryouts?
Each player desiring to make an A level team must participate in the
evaluation process, absent an injury. If your skater is unable to
attend because of injury, you must contact both contacts in advance:
• Kevin Lord, Director of Ice Operations Klord@IHWinterClub.com
• Youth Hockey Committee Rangers@IHWinterclub.com
No player is guaranteed a spot. If a player has a documented injury and
is unable to participate in the tryout process, their team placement
will follow a makeup tryout the first week in September 2019.
8. Who will do the evaluations?
There are 3 key groups involved in the evaluations:
• On‐ice coaches to take players through the session.
• Off‐ice independent evaluators who will be
responsible to evaluate every player on the ice during the time
allotted. There may be on‐ice evaluators depending on the particular
situation. Our goal is to have independent evaluators that are members
of the IHWC and Cincinnati area hockey community who do not have
children in the youth hockey program. The evaluators are the best
available most experienced coaches and hockey players that will give us
the best evaluations possible. These evaluators will be located around
the rink evaluating the players.
• Off‐ice administrators who will be responsible for
9. What should my son/daughter wear to the tryout?
Full equipment is always mandatory. This includes a protective cup,
shin pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, skates, hockey
gloves, hockey stick and a USA Hockey approved helmet and full shield
and a mouthguard. Players will be provided from IHWC a white or dark
jersey they will wear to each tryout session and return at the end of
10. Will the player be evaluated in a skill and game environment?
In order to give each and every player a fair opportunity to exhibit
the range of skills that they possess they will be evaluated within
skill stations, small area games, and full ice environments. At the
younger age levels a greater emphasis will be placed on the evaluation
of skills; as the players get older the small area game and scrimmage
sessions will have a greater overall impact on the player’s placement.
11. Will the prior season evaluation information be used?
The tryout process will include prior season assessments and feedback
from their prior year coaches. Players will be selected not only on
individual skills but also several intangible traits. These traits are
• Attendance & Commitment
• Player’s commitment, as specified by his or her previous seasons’
coaches, will be used as a critical factor in final player placement. A
player’s commitment to the program and more specifically, their team,
will not be over‐looked or taken for granted
• Attitude & Behavior
• Determination, drive, intensity, work ethic
• Positive team attitude & player
• 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. IHWC
will keep this in mind when making team selections.
12. What happens after the evaluation sessions? How are the players
notified of their team placement?
Parents/players will be notified of their team placement by viewing on
the IHWC website.
IHWC Website Hockey Youth Hockey 2019‐20 Tryout Rosters
Rosters will be posted within 48 hours of each final age division
tryout session (see chart below). Parents will login and identify the
player’s “unique tryout number”. The unique tryout number willnot be the player jersey number.
If an age division offers two A level teams, the rosters will be
identified as such. Example: Bantam A1 Roster or Bantam A2 Roster
13. When does the player have to accept the spot on the team?
Players will have one week from posted results to accept a roster spot
on the team (acceptance dates referenced in table above). All players
will pay a $250 deposit upon registration and acceptance of roster
spot. If player is a non-member, an IHWC membership application has to
be submitted to reserve the roster spot as well as the $250 deposit.
14. What if my player is offered a roster spot on a team, but wishes to
play on the next team? Example: Player is offered a spot on Squirt A1
and wants to play on Squirt A2?
A request in writing from the parent/guardian can be submitted to YHC
Committee for review. Teams are selected for parity of skill and
competition and the request will be reviewed and consider all parties
Teams & Team Composition
The estimated numbers on teams follow the USA Hockey ADM
Note: Rostered number of players may vary for the 2019-20 season.
10‐12 Skaters and 1‐2 Goalies
12‐14 Skaters and 1‐2 Goalies
13‐15 Skaters and 1‐2 Goalies
High School (JV and Varsity)
16‐18 Skaters and 1‐2 Goalies
Player Selection Criteria
The following is a general overview of skills that may be evaluated in
the tryout evaluations.
Acceleration, speed, mobility, agility, balance, stride, crossovers,
pivots/transitions, acceleration out of turns, quick feet, controlled
skating, change of pace.
· Can the players perform the basic forward and backward stride?
· Are the players knees well bent with the back slightly forward and
the head up, or is the player hunched over, bending at the waist with
little knee bend?
· Good skaters will use long strides with a complete recovery of the
stride leg before striding with the other leg. Their strides will look
very smooth and appear not to require much effort to move around the
· Does the player look smooth when they skate, or do they appear off
· Can the player turn in both directions with little trouble or do they
struggle to turn in one or both directions?
· Can the player stop in both directions? Younger players will often
have trouble stopping in one direction.
· Can the player keep up with the play or do they struggle to stay with
the other players on the ice?
Passing, receiving, passing choices, on backhand, unselfish with the
puck, presents a good target, receives and retains with control, touch
· Does the player have the basic skills to execute a forehand pass?
· When the player passes, the puck do they slap at it or is the motion
smooth with the player following through to the intended target?
· Can the player pass the puck to its intended target with minimal
· Can the player make an accurate pass to a moving target?
· Can the player receive a pass on their backhand or do they tend to
shift their body to receive the pass on the forehand?
· Can the player pass the puck off of the backhand with some speed and
· Does the player call for the puck vs. banging their stick on the ice
or saying nothing at all?
· Does the player passing the puck make eye contact with the intended
receiver or do they just pass the puck blindly?
· Can the player execute a saucer pass over sticks and other obstacles?
Can the player pass the puck off of the boards to another player?
Puck Control ‐
Head ups, smooth and quiet, good hands, protection, in small spaces and
· Is the player foundationally ready to handle/carry the puck using a
hockey stance with hands away from the body?
· Does the player appear to be comfortable handling the puck while
skating or do they appear to fight the puck and have trouble skating
with some speed while handling it?
· Can the player keep his/her head up while carrying the puck?
Can they execute dekes and fakes with the puck?
· Can they stop quickly or change direction while handling the puck?
· Can the player continue to handle the puck while in traffic and under
Does the player get pushed or checked off the puck easily?
Power, accuracy, quick release, can shoot in motion, goal scorer,
rebound control, variety of shots wrist shot, snapshot, backhand, slap
· Does the player exhibit balance within the shooting motion?
· Can the player execute the technique of a wrist shot and backhand?
· Does the player follow through to the target on all shots?
· Can the player raise the puck?
· Is the puck shot with some velocity?
· Does the puck sit flat in the air or does it wobble?
· Can the player execute a one‐time shot?
· Is the player accurate when shooting?
Positional Play ‐
Ability to see the play developing both offensively and defensively and
moves to support, judgment, anticipation, understands systems,
· Does the player seem to understand where he/she are to play on the
· Do they support the puck in defensive and offensive situations?
· Does the player show patience, or do they tend to panic when
· Do they protect the mid lane and force opposing players inside out?
· Can the player angle another player off of the puck?
· Does the player force the play, or do they wait too long?
Checking Concepts ‐
Angling, good body position with balance and control, defensive side
position, aggressive checker, strength, taking checks.
· Can the player execute basic stick and body checks?
· Does the player understand angling and how to effectively angle an
· Does the player check properly with their hands down or do they get
their arms up to give a check?
· Can the player receive a check properly, not turning their back and
staying close to the boards?
· Can the player check an opposing player and pin them on the boards?
· Does the player shy away from other players?
– Balance, mobility, quickness, low shots, rebound control, cutting off
angles, post play, stick control, reaction, butterfly, posture,
flexibility and concentration
Parent Participation and Rules
Since your player will be busy working on the ice during this time, we ask
you to follow these simple rules during tryouts.
Rules for parents during tryouts:
· Be positive with your child at all times.
· Stay away from the glass during tryouts. Parents and bystanders should
not stand along the glass. Please sit in the club room during the tryouts
· The balcony will be closed, as it is reserved for the Independent
Evaluation Team and Winter Club Administration.
· Sideline coaching by the parents during the tryouts or outward yelling
will not be tolerated. Your player needs to remain focused and attentive to
the instructors at all times.
Focus on the big picture and trust that our goal is to put every child
into the best opportunity for them to succeed.
· Refrain from talking about other players or comparing your child to other
Support the program and help your child have a great year!
IHWC Play up Policy:
IHWC Rangers play up policy places a priority on safety, age‐appropriate
player development, and IHWC teams that could be impacted. Each player will
be assigned to an appropriate team based on: (first) age group according to
birth year and USA Youth Hockey Age Classifications; and (second) ability
as determined by a neutral panel. The IHWC Rangers Play up Policy is
located in the IHWC Youth Hockey Documents library.
Please find all of the IHWC Rangers policies in this library of documents.
www.IHWinterClub.com Hockey Youth Hockey IHWC Youth Documents
The purpose of this information sheet is to improve transparency and
provide assurance regarding fairness and consistency in the team selection
process. If you have any further tryout or team placement questions, please
do not hesitate to contact Club Management or the Youth Hockey Committee.
We look forward to a fun and successful hockey season!
IHWC Youth Hockey Committee & IHWC Club Management