Evaluations


It’s almost that time of year again!

Below you will find the tentative overall schedule for evaluations this year. Please use this as a guide but wait for your child’s specific skate times. Please note that we may have to change dates/times for certain categories.

DAY DATE START END ARENA CODE ARENA USE
WED 9/4/2019 19:15 20:15 CWB Callingwood B Atom Goalies
WED 9/4/2019 20:30 22:00 CWB Callingwood B PeeWee Goalies
FRI 9/6/2019 18:30 20:00 CWB Callingwood B Novice Skate 1
FRI 9/6/2019 20:15 21:15 CWB Callingwood B Novice Skate 2
SAT 9/7/2019 8:15 9:15 CDA Castledowns A Jr TB Skate
SAT 9/7/2019 9:30 10:30 CDA Castledowns A Jr TB Skate
SAT 9/7/2019 10:45 11:45 CDA Castledowns A Sr TB Skate
SAT 9/7/2019 12:00 13:00 CDA Castledowns A Sr TB Skate
SAT 9/7/2019 13:15 14:15 CDA Castledowns A Atom Skate 1
SAT 9/7/2019 14:30 15:30 CDA Castledowns A Atom Skate 2
SAT 9/7/2019 15:45 16:45 CDA Castledowns A Atom Skate 3
SAT 9/7/2019 17:00 18:00 CDA Castledowns A Atom Skate 4
SUN 9/8/2019 9:15 10:15 COA Coronation Novice Skate 3
SUN 9/8/2019 10:30 11:30 COA Coronation Novice Skate 4
SUN 9/8/2019 13:00 14:00 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 1
SUN 9/8/2019 14:15 15:15 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 2
SUN 9/8/2019 15:30 16:30 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 3
SUN 9/8/2019 16:45 17:45 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 4
MON 9/9/2019 18:15 19:15 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 1
MON 9/9/2019 19:30 20:30 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 2
TUE 9/10/2019 19:30 20:30 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 5
TUE 9/10/2019 20:45 22:15 COA Coronation Atom Scrim 6
WED 9/11/2019 17:30 18:45 CWA Callingwood A Peewee Scrim 3
WED 9/11/2019 19:00 20:30 CWA Callingwood A Peewee Scrim 4
FRI 9/13/2019 17:45 19:00 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 5
FRI 9/13/2019 19:15 20:30 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 6
FRI 9/13/2019 17:45 18:45 GTA Grand Trunk Arena Atom Scrim 7
FRI 9/13/2019 19:00 20:00 GTA Grand Trunk Arena Atom Scrim 8
SAT 9/14/2019 8:15 9:15 CDA Castledowns A Novice Skate 5
SAT 9/14/2019 9:30 10:30 CDA Castledowns A Novice Skate 6
SAT 9/14/2019 10:45 11:45 CDA Castledowns A Atom Scrim 9
SAT 9/14/2019 12:00 13:00 CDA Castledowns A Atom Scrim 10
SAT 9/14/2019 13:15 14:15 CDA Castledowns A Atom Scrim 11
SAT 9/14/2019 14:30 15:30 CDA Castledowns A Atom Scrim 12
SAT 9/14/2019 15:45 16:45 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 7
SAT 9/14/2019 17:00 18:00 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 8
SAT 9/14/2019 18:15 19:15 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 9
SAT 9/14/2019 19:30 20:30 CDA Castledowns A Peewee Scrim 10
SUN 9/15/2019 8:00 9:00 CDB Castledowns B Jr TB Skate
SUN 9/15/2019 9:15 10:15 CDB Castledowns B Jr TB Skate
SUN 9/15/2019 10:30 11:30 CDB Castledowns B Sr TB Skate
SUN 9/15/2019 11:45 12:45 CDB Castledowns B Sr TB Skate

Background - Why are they necessary?

Hockey players may vary considerably in their individual skills. In general, players have a more enjoyable experience when playing with other players of similar abilities. In order to provide this, an evaluation process is necessary.

In the Hawks Athletics Club, all Novice, Atom and Peewee players will participate in evaluations. Evaluations are based on the player's age category and direct observation of hockey skills with a strong emphasis on skating. The purpose of evaluations is to create teams consisting of players with similar abilities. Every effort is made to ensure a fair and equitable process.

Evaluations can be the most stressful part of the season for both the players and their parents.  The process appears opaque, and because of this sometimes capricious.  It can take the better part of a month, at a time when everyone is most excited for the coming season, which can sour the season before it even begins.  With this in mind we have revised our process to make it more transparent, to complete the process in less time and form teams sooner so they can come together earlier and practice before the beginning of the season and, above all, place players on the appropriate teams. 

To improve our ability to accurately rank players we will be using a 7-point scale to measure individual skills.   If you use a five point scale, evaluators are hesitant to use the top and bottom of the scale.  The result is a large number of players in the middle who don’t necessarily have the same abilities, which doesn’t produce a reliable ranking of players.  With a 7-point scale the top and bottom score is left for outlier players, leaving a usable 5-point scale that reflects a normal distribution of abilities, which will produce a more reliable ranking of players.

To ensure we have the right players on each team more attention will be paid to individual skills and 1-on-1 competition, and less focus will be placed on scrimmages.  Individual performance under a controlled competitive environment can more easily isolate skills and be evaluated according to a common, quantifiable, standard, while scrimmage performance lack an identifiable standard and are prone to partiality and unconscious bias. 

To ensure the process is followed in a fair and transparent manner, all teams will be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee.

Finally, to ensure that the process it timely, we have condensed the process so that it be completed in about a week for most teams.  To these ends, players will participate in either two or three skates.  The complete process is outlined in this document:

Player Evaluation Guidelines

Please remember that the selection process may be difficult for both players and evaluators and we ask that you do not make it more difficult with your actions or comments.

Any questions about the evaluation process should be directed to the VP Hockey Operations.

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