Player Evaluation and Player Releases
The Canadian Athletic Club leaves the evaluation of all players to the team coaching staff who are exposed to player skill and character and are prepared to evaluate the players based on their plans for the team they have been asked to manage for the hockey season. Evaluators will consist of CAC coaches and invited outside evaluators (as necessary) and will all use a predetermined scoring sheet based on criteria decided by the CAC Hockey Operations Committee. All individual player scores will be kept confidential and will be used as a ranking system only not as the only tool used to select players to the teams. It must be presumed by the player and the parent(s) that the Coaching staff will evaluate the player in a fair and equitable manner, keeping in mind that the criteria for selection is not only based on skill, but on team roles and player’s attitude and character. The CAC Board members do not provide input into this process beyond “underage player” guidelines.
Tryout drills and/or organized scrimmages are the responsibility of the on-ice coaches in discussion with the off-ice coaches and Category Directors and may change from session to session.
All players registered to tryout at the Canadian Athletic Club will get a minimum of 3 (three) on ice sessions before releases occur. Initial releases may occur after these 3(three) on ice sessions.
All registered Peewee players will be placed on scrimmage teams. These placements will be completely random and previous year’s team placements will have no bearing.
All players will be evaluated by members of the coaching staffs of CAC teams
(Peewee, Bantam and Midget Coaches) using CAC evaluation forms.
Upon completion of the evaluation scrimmages, a list will be created of the top 40 forwards, 30 Defensemen and 10 Goalies.
From this list Coaching staff of the 3 Peewee AA teams will gather to draft their teams.
Selection order will be decided by a draw of straws.
Head coaches (if a parent) will be allowed to choose their own child if the child ranks within the top 40 forwards, 30 Defensemen and 10 Goalies as their first pick.
Only 1 (one) assistant coach (if a parent) will be allowed to select their child for the teams second pick if the child ranks within the top 40 forwards, 30 Defensemen and 10 Goalies as their first pick.
All other player selections will be done in draft order.
The player selection process will be closely monitored by the CAC Hockey Administration Committee.
All Peewee players not selected to one of the 3 CAC Peewee teams will return to their home association(Whitemud or Hawks) or may inquire about the limited Peewee player movement process of which there is no guarantee for any additional tryouts with other organizations.
All Bantam players registered to tryout with CAC will be evaluated together. The top ranked 34 skaters and 4 goalies will be selected to participate in the BAAA Prospect game. Within 24 hours of the completion of the BAAA Prospect game the coaching staff with supervision of a member of the CAC Hockey Operations committee will draft a 25-player roster. All Bantam players not selected to this 25-player roster would then be selected by the coaching staffs of the CAC Bantam AA teams in a draft process. Or have the option of requesting entry into the Elite Player Movement process.
All 15,16 and 17-year-old Midget players registered to try out with CAC will be evaluated together. The top ranked 34 skaters and 4 goalies (including any 15-year-old players selected) will be selected to participate in the MAAA Prospect game. Within 24 hours of the completion of the MAAA Prospect game the coaching staff with supervision of a member of the CAC Hockey Operations committee will draft a 25-player roster. All 16 and 17-year-old Midget players not selected to this 25-player roster would then be placed on the CAC Midget AA team. Or have the option of requesting entry into the Elite Player Movement process. 15 year old players not selected to stay with the MAAA team will then be given 2 more skates with only 15 year old players. From these 2 skates a 25 man roster will be selected for the MMAAA team. All 15-year-old Midget players not selected to this 25-player roster would then be placed on the CAC Midget REM AA team tryout roster , Or have the option of requesting entry into the Elite Player Draft. There will be no 15-year-old Midget players placed on the MAA tryout or regular team rosters.
Following the tryout team roster selections from the first week of September to the conclusion of the SSAC John Ferguson Preseason tournaments and the MAAA pre-season games, the eight team rosters will be pared down to a maximum of 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders (18 skaters and 2 goaltenders at MAAA). It should be noted, however, that player movement between CAC teams may continue until Midnight on October 15 of the current hockey season. This movement would be caused by players returning from Junior camps (WHL, AJHL, ETC…)
All Bantam and Midget player releases will be conducted in a one-on-one interview with the coaches giving a brief explanation as to the reason(s) and providing the player with the options open to him along with applicable contact phone numbers. If a player that is released would like tryout for another club, please see Elite Player Movement for Waiver and Notification-of-Tryout forms at aacouncil.com.
Our first responsibility is to develop hockey players from within the Canadian Athletic Club Operational Boundaries. Therefore, any import players will not be rated lower than the 6th forward,4th defenseman and 1st goalie based on a comparison of the evaluation criteria. Any import player requesting a tryout skate will be given a minimum of one tryout skate (practice or game) and will be released in a timely manner so that they may continue their tryout season. Import players requesting a tryout with the Canadian Athletic Club will be allowed a skate on a as needed basis and are not guaranteed a tryout skate
If a player is injured during the player tryouts the Canadian Athletic Club cannot guarantee the continuation of that player’s tryout season or placement on a team once that player has been medically cleared to return to play with a medical doctor’s permission and in the case of a concussion the proper return to play protocol has been followed.
When a player is released:
The Canadian Athletic Club will strive to make player releases in a timely manner so that released players will have an opportunity to continue their tryouts at a lower level.
All players, parents, and coaches must conduct themselves within the expected standards outlined in the CAC Code of Conduct and Hockey Edmonton Good of the Game. Any Parent/Guardian/Family Member or Player not adhering to these policies may be subject to discipline and or removal from the tryout process.
Final Team Selection
Once a player is selected to a team (late September, early October), registration fees are due. The fees may be paid in one payment or in two installments at BAA, M-15AA, MAA as per Player Fees page. At BAAA, MMAAA, MAAA the fees may be paid in one payment or in three installments as per Player Fees page. At this point, the team is responsible for all team expenses including additional practice ice required over and above the allocation assigned to the team by the Club (approx. 2 practices per week).
Peewee AA teams must be completed and rostered by Sept 15 as mandated by Hockey Edmonton. Player Fees for the Peewee AA teams will become due when the players are rostered, fees may be paid in one payment or in three installments as per Player Fees page. At this point, the team is responsible for all team expenses including additional practice ice required over and above the allocation assigned to the team by the Club (approx. 2 practices per week).
Individuals requiring special payment arrangements that differ from above terms must make these arrangements with the CAC Treasurer and Registrar at the time of the final team carding meeting and will be reviewed on a case by case basis in complete confidentiality.
All Canadian Athletic Club teams shall declare official team rosters as per Hockey Edmonton Rules of Registration and in accordance with the timelines set out by the CAC Board of Directors.