Metcalfe Jets Rep B Tryout Process

1ST Round of Tryouts

Two (2) ice times will be assigned per division of 1.5 hrs.

2nd Round of Tryouts – All teams from Minor Atom to Major Midget will play other teams from within the GHA association in exhibition games.  These costs have already been included in the tryout fees each of you have paid. Minor aged teams will play two games, Major aged teams three games due to the increased number of teams in the Major age levels in the GHA.

Major Novice will receive 2 more ice times, and exhibition games are being arranged, but they will not be participating in the tournament style 2nd round tryouts as the other levels.  Major Novice final releases will be made on September 4.13.

Player & Goalie Selection Process

Any player registered with MDHA or having an approved tryout transfer to MDHA for this season may tryout at his/her division level. The only acceptable reason for missing the first two (2) tryout sessions will be due to an ongoing higher level tryout, or an injury/illness (see note further below).   Each player will be guaranteed two (2) tryout sessions which are the first two ice times (1st Round).  No player will be released until the completion of their 2nd session.

Independent evaluators will be used to rank all the players and goalies.   They will assist the Head Coach to bring the list to 20 skaters and 3 goalies after the first two ice times.   All independent evaluators will declare a conflict of interest if they have children or relatives at the respective level they are evaluating.  They will use forms supplied by the MDHA for ranking and these will be provided to the VP Competitive.

The final decision for player and goalie selection will be the responsibility of the Head Coach who will be bringing the roster to 15 skaters and 2 goalies per team. Coaches will justify their decisions/selections based solely on evaluations.


Goalies will be evaluated during a separate session by an independent evaluator and also during the ice time sessions by the coaches and their evaluators.   A player selected to a team as a goalie shall remain a goalie for that season.

Player Release Process

At the conclusion of the 1st round on September 2.13 players will be provided a letter indicating whether they have advanced or not to the 2nd round of tryouts.  To facilitate this process all parents will be asked to remove their player’s hockey equipment from the arena, and wait outside for their player.   There will be no discussions with the player (or parent) immediately following the 1st round.  Players and parents are asked to please refrain from opening the letter at the arena, doing this with their child/youth in a location that provides them some privacy and support.

The final releases will be made on September 7.13 and the coach will meet with the players to discuss his decision, and provide feedback to the players.    A member of the MDHA Executive will be present in the room during the release.

If there are concerns, a parent may inquire in writing to the VP Competitive after 24 hours of the release.  Evaluation forms or player rankings will not be released to parents.   A parent may also refer to MDHA By-Law 4 (1.1) regarding the filing of any protest regarding the evaluation process.

Absent from first two sessions of tryouts

If a player or goalie is absent from the first two sessions (1st round of tryouts), the MDHA VP Competitive needs to be contacted as soon as possible in writing at   The player may participate in the 2nd Round of tryouts only under the following conditions if approved by the VP Competitive:

Player Participating in tryouts at a higher level, confirmed by the President and Registrar.
Injury or illness;   a doctor’s note prior to the next tryout sessions must be sent to the VP Competitive as proof of such incidents of injury or illness.

Injury/Illness during tryouts

If a player is injured before or becomes injured during the tryout process, the following shall guide the decisions of the evaluation committee and Coach:

A doctor’s certificate must be provided disclosing the injury/illness (type, duration and anticipated return date) within 24 hours, if occurring during tryouts or occurring prior to tryouts.

A doctor’s certificate must be provided permitting the player to return to tryouts and/or specifying conditions which would restrict the players’ full participation.

If the illness/injury precludes participation or prevents ample time for evaluation during the first two tryout sessions by the evaluators, the players skill level and inclusion into the top 20 will be assessed following the guidelines specified below:

  • Player played at a higher level than Rep B in the previous session.
  • Player was a River Rat/Rep B player in the previous season.

Players meeting the criteria above are included in the top 20 and are eligible for selection by the coach for the final roster.

If the illness/injury prevents the player’s return to the ice beyond the 1st month after the start of the regular season (November 15th), a place on the final roster cannot be held for that player and he must be returned to his/her home association.  A doctor’s note must be provided to validate the time frame for a player’s return.

Coach Not Designated

In the event a Head Coach is not designated or unavailable at the time of tryouts, the MDHA VP Competitive, with the full support of the MDHA Executive, shall assume sole responsibility for selecting the team through the use of impartial and independent evaluators.  The results of the independent evaluators shall be final and not subject to reconsideration.   The MDHA Executive shall endeavor to have a Head Coach in place prior to the try-outs, or as soon as possible through or upon completion of the try-out process.