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Wonderland Wizards 2020-21 Tryout Policies & Procedures

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Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey Association has House and Travel hockey teams that provide recreational and competitive sports play.

Wizard Travel Team Tryouts selection is conducted for the purpose of identifying players to add to the official roster for the 2020-2021 season. The goal of the tryout process is to place players on a travel team that is in line with their hockey skills and hockey sense. This will be based on a player’s performance at the scheduled tryout sessions for that level. Coach evaluations may also be considered.

The Wizards have multiple travel teams at various competitive levels. The Wonderland Wizard coaching staff will meet with each of their respective travel teams before or at the beginning of the 2020-2021 hockey season and set the expectations for their teams with the goal of maximizing each player’s individual potential and assisting each player’s individual effort to take control of his/her personal development.

Tryouts for the Wonderland Wizards Travel teams for the 2020-2021 season will be conducted at the conclusion of the current season.  Specific tryout times are posted on the Wonderland Wizards website. 

The Tryout Committee will not be responsible for any player evaluations, rather they are responsible for making sure the following policies and procedures are adhered to so that the process is fair to all.

The Tryout Committee will select the Evaluation Team, which will be composed of independent evaluators and members of the Wizards certified coaching staff.

The Head Coach for the “AA” and “A” teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam level, as well as the Head Coach for the Mite A teams, will be named prior to the tryouts. We also plan to name the Head Coach for the other Travel teams prior to tryouts, but in some instances the Head Coach may not be named until the team is selected.

The Wizards anticipate having four (4) Mite travel teams, four (4) Squirt travel teams, four (4) Pee Wee travel teams, and three (3) Bantam travel teams. Additional Travel teams may be selected or a reduction in Travel Teams may take place based upon the numbers of players trying out.

Team selection will be based on a player’s performance at all of the scheduled tryouts for that level and will be conducted by the Head Coach of their respective Travel team.  

Being absent from a tryout session(s) could impact a player’s team selection. It is anticipated that there will be four (4) tryout sessions held at the Bantam, Pee Wee and Squirt levels; and three (3) tryout sessions at the Mite level. Players must attend at least 3 of 4 sessions at the Squirt through Bantam levels and 2 the Mite level. Please note that the number of tryout sessions is subject to change depending on circumstances.

The Coaches will advise the “on–ice” evaluators of the format & drills they want the players to follow during that particular tryout session.

No parents are permitted on the ice during the tryout sessions. No parents are permitted to call a coach or evaluator during and after the tryouts to discuss their child’s tryout.

 

Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam Tryout format:

  • The first tryout session, for each of these levels, will be divided alphabetically.
  • Coaches will then divide subsequent sessions at their discretion. 
  • Player numbers and the appropriate times will be posted on the Wizards website.
  • We will not allow players to attend a session other than the one they have been designated to. If a situation comes up where a player cannot attend their designated session, a coaches’ approval is required to be able to attend a different session. 
  • The AA teams may be selected after the 3rd tryout, and those selected players will be notified by email. (The head coach may also contact members of the team in addition to them receiving the email notification.)
  • Within the email notification, a date and time will be specified whereby the player must commit to the AA team via the online registration process, and pay their deposit.
  • Deposits will be accepted online only via credit card or eCheck. If you would like to pay cash, this must be coordinated with a Wizards Board Member, and the cash must be received before the specified commitment date and time. Failure to commit to the AA team (i.e. registering and paying the deposit by the specified date and time) will forfeit your spot on the AA team.
  • The A, B, B1 and subsequent teams will be selected after the 4th tryout.
  • The entire team placement process could take up to 5 days, depending on the number of teams, so please be patient. 
  • During this period (approximately 5 days), email notifications will be sent to each player with the travel team they were selected for: (In succession or simultaneously: A, B, B1, etc.). (The head coach may also contact members of the team in addition to them receiving the email notification.)
  • Within the email, a date and time will be specified whereby the player must commit to the team they were selected for via the online registration process, and pay their deposit.
  • Deposits will be accepted online only via credit card or eCheck. If you would like to pay cash, this must be coordinated with a Wizards Board Member, and the cash must be received before the specified commitment date and time. Failure to commit to the team (i.e. registering and paying the deposit by the specified date and time) will forfeit your spot on the team.

 

Note: The tryout fee DOES NOT get applied to the 2020-21 TRAVEL hockey season fee.

If a player does not make a travel team, the tryout fee can be applied to their HOUSE hockey season fee.

At the designated commitment meeting, all players MUST bring a copy of their online registration confirmation (online registration located on Wizards website).  If you decide to pay online this year with a credit card, this confirmation page will also show proof of payment.  If you would like to pay with a check, you will still need to bring your online registration confirmation page but you will then make your payment at the commitment meeting.

This process and requirement will take place as subsequent teams are named and players are notified.

Travel Team players need to consider that in addition to the fee for the season, our teams will attend out of state tournaments that require each player to cover their own expenses (hotel, travel. etc.)

Travel Team players need to consider that in addition to the fee for the season, our teams will attend tournaments which are not covered by the season fee, and will require each player to cover their own expenses (hotel, travel. etc.) Wizards travel teams do travel for competition, but the travel is reasonable.

Midget Tryout format:

All Midget Major and Midget Minor tryout sessions will be divided alphabetically, so players will know what sessions they are to attend up front.  Coaches may divide subsequent sessions at their discretion. 

If a player cannot attend their designated session, please let a Wizard Board member know, so we can mark the player down as attending a different session. This helps the process.

The Midget Minor Tournament Bound, Midget Major Tournament Bound teams and Midget Open teams will be selected after the 2nd or 3rd tryout, and be notified by email.

Within the email notification, a date and time will be specified whereby the player must commit to the specific Midget Tournament Bound team they were selected for via the online registration process, and pay their deposit. By doing so, you secure a player’s spot on the team.

Deposits will be accepted online only via credit card or eCheck. If you would like to pay cash, this must be coordinated with a Wizards Board Member, and the cash must be received before the specified commitment date and time to secure a player’s spot on the team.

The Midget season fees are split between the Wonderland Wizards (ice time and refs) and Center of Ice (coaches, tournaments, socks/additional jerseys if applicable) 

Note: The tryout fee DOES NOT get applied to the 2020-21 Midget hockey season fee.