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Aug 28, 2023 | Anthony Lalonde | 1234 views
Representative Hockey in Elmvale
Read the following article to learn more if your player is interested in trying out for Rep hockey in Elmvale, and how to prepare for the tryouts!

Trying Out for a Rep Team in Elmvale

Elmvale Minor hockey takes pride in having not only representative hockey available at the B level but we are also trying to provide a second Rep team at the D level in all divisions U11 and above.

Here is some information for parents and players if they are or have not yet decided on if they want to try out for rep hockey in Elmvale and how to help prepare their child for them. 

 

We especially need rep players to try out in the u13 division either for the B level or the second entry D level team. You can choose to try out for either team in a division, however it is encouraged to go to the B level tryouts for the extra ice time and to gain a better understanding of what hockey tryouts entail. 

  • Check Eligibility: Make sure your child meets the age requirements set by the organization for the specific age category of the rep team they're interested in trying out for. Email the [email protected]
    If you are not sure your child is eligible!

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  • Registration: Register your child for the rep team tryouts. This typically involves completing an online registration form, submitting any required documents, and paying a tryout fee.

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  • Prepare Physically and Mentally: Help your child prepare physically by ensuring they are in good shape and have the necessary hockey gear, including skates, protective equipment, and a stick. Emphasize the importance of staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a positive mindset.

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  • Attend Tryout Sessions: Attend the scheduled tryout sessions. These sessions are usually run by experienced coaches and evaluators who will assess your child's skating, puck-handling, passing, shooting, and overall hockey sense.

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  • Showcase Skills and Attitude: Encourage your child to give their best effort during the tryouts. Coaches not only look at skill level but also consider attitude, teamwork, and coachability.

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  • Selection Process: The coaching staff and evaluators will assess all participants and select players for the rep team based on their performance during tryouts. Not all participants will make the team due to limited roster spots.

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  • Notification: The organization will notify you whether your child has been selected for the rep team. If they are chosen, you'll receive information about the team's schedule, expectations, fees, and other relevant details.

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  • Commitment: If your child makes the rep team, discuss the commitment required. Rep teams often have more frequent practices, games, and potentially travel, so be prepared for an increased time commitment.

Trying Out for a Second Entry Rep Team in Hockey:

  • Understand the Concept: Explain to your child and yourself what a second entry rep team is. This team offers players who didn't make the top-tier rep team an opportunity to still play at a higher level. It is also available to players that do not want to try out for the top level team. 

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  • Tryout Process: If there are tryouts for the second entry rep team, follow the same steps as for the primary rep team, including registration, preparation, attending sessions, and showcasing skills.

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  • Selection and Communication: The selection process will be similar to the primary rep team. Players who fit the criteria and perform well will be chosen. You'll receive communication about your child's status.

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  • Positive Approach: Encourage your child to approach the second entry rep team tryouts with a positive attitude. It's still an opportunity to compete at a higher level and improve their skills.

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  • Feedback and Development: If your child doesn't make the second entry rep team, use any feedback provided as a tool for improvement. Remind them that development in hockey is a continuous journey, and there are opportunities to grow through local leagues and practice.

Throughout both processes, maintain open communication with your child about their feelings, experiences, and expectations. Support them regardless of the outcome, emphasizing the importance of effort, growth, and the love of the game.

If you would like feedback from the coach on why your child may not have been selected for a Rep team, please follow the 24hr rule. Wait 24 hours after the final selections before reaching out to the coach or selection committee.

Elmvale Executive. 

 
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