AMENDED June 23,2017
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 ranking system based on criteria decided by the CAC Hockey Operations Committee. All individual player ranks 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 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 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 tryout roster. This 25 man roster will be posted on the CAC Bantam tryout page on this website. All Bantam players not selected to this 25-player tryout roster would then be selected by the coaching staffs of the CAC Bantam AA teams to participate in the Bantam AA PROSPECT GAME. After the Bantam AA prospect game the Bantam AA coaching staffs will select 2x25 man tryout rosters in a draft process. These 2x25 tryout rosters will be posted on the Bantam tryout page on this website. Players not selected to these Bantam AA tryout rosters will be released to continue there tryout season at a lower level or they have the option of requesting entry into the Elite Player Movement process.These player releases will not be conducted in a one on one interview. Should a player require an explanation as to why they were not selected, they would contact the Bantam AA coaches by email and a response will be provided.
All 15-year-old Midget players registered to try out with CAC will be evaluated together. The top ranked 34 skaters and 4 goalies will be selected to participate in the MMAAA Prospect game. Within 24 hours of the completion of the MMAAA Prospect game (the MMAAA prospect game may not be played, this will be dependent upon the number of registered 15-year-old players) the coaching staff with supervision of a member of the CAC Hockey Operations committee will draft a 25-player roster. This 25 player tryout roster will be posted on this website. All 15-year-old Midget players not selected to this 25-player roster would then be selected by the coaching staffs of the CAC Midget REM AA teams in a draft process. Or have the option of requesting entry into the Elite Player Movement process. A select few 15-year-old midget players may be selected to participate in the MAAA prospect game based on a request from the MAAA coach. These 15-year-old players selected may be placed on the MAAA preseason 25 player roster and will continue their tryouts with the MAAA team. Player releases at this segment of tryouts will NOT be done in a one on one interview. Should a player require an explanation as to why they were not selected they would contact the appropriate coach by email and an answer will be provided.
All 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. 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...) Releases from CAC Team rosters may and can occur up until midnight on October 15th of the current season dependent upon players returning from Junior. The players returning from Junior are not promised or guaranteed a roster spot on any CAC team after this date.
All Bantam and Midget player releases from the 25 man tryout rosters 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 players tryout season or placement on a team once that player has been medically cleared to return to play with a medical doctors 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 Protect the Game Program. 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).
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.
Tryout fees must be paid in full before the player will be allowed to participate in their scheduled skate time. Tryout fees are NON REFUNDABLE once the player has begun the tryout process by participating in their first tryout skate.
Team/ Player registration fees are NON REFUNDABLE Once the player has been placed on a team roster and are due at this time ( Please see above ) If a player is injured during the regular season, playoffs or sanctioned tournament there will be no consideration for a refund of team fees.
Appeals of the refund policy will be reviewed by the Canadian Athletic Club Executive on a case by case basis and their decision shall be final.