2022-2023 Evaluation Information

We are excited to have Bar Down Education back to do the U11 and U13 evaluations for the 2022-2023 hockey season.  Our U7 and U9 categories will be evaluated by our Directors.  Enjoying the offseason looks different for every athlete and the Hawks and Bar Down Education love to see athletes enjoy playing other sports, having holidays and when possible working on their hockey skills for next season.  


The off-season can look different for every athlete and family and there are many great camps and skill sessions (don’t forget about public skating and good old street hockey too) out there for hockey families to explore.  Bar Down Education highlights 5 main competencies while evaluating so if a camp or impromptu street hockey session works on these areas it will only help in the startup of next season.  



Puck Skills

Compete Level

Positional Play

Hockey Smarts

·  Quickness

·  Agility

·  Transitions

·  Pivots

·   Accurate passing

·   Range of motion with puck

·   Creativity

·   Dekes

·   Quick releases

·   Shot selection

·     Backchecking

·     Forechecking

·     Second effort attempts

·     Engagement in the corners and front of the net

·    General positional play

·    Maintaining lanes

·    Offensive tactics

·    Defensive tactics

·    Spacing

·    Read and react

·    Coverage

·    Team-mate spatial awareness

There is no right way of preparing for the next hockey season but at the very least make sure equipment is ready, a few skates before tryouts can be had and player’s goals and expectations are aligned with the preparation and effort they put into the offseason.

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