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Want to play Rep for the Oakville Rangers next year? This is what you need to know!
Submitted By John Verdon on Friday, March 09, 2018

Greetings RangersNation!

For the 2017 spring tryouts we launched a new tryout system which ensured that less players were on the ice for each session and that every player was fairly assessed. We will be bringing back that same system and process for the 2018 spring tryouts and are looking forward to seeing what players have to offer.  That said, I would like to reiterate the realities of hockey tryouts:




WHAT EVERY PARENT/PLAYER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRYOUTS:

  1. The majority of the tryout process is completed before on-ice tryouts begin. This shouldn't be some dirty secret. It is not a negative. It makes sense. If you are a coach and you are going to rely solely on a few 1 hour sessions to decide who is on your team, then you are a poor coach. Most coaches will/should have a number of 'for sure' kids in mind and 3 or 4 kids in mind for each remaining spot before on-ice tryouts begin. How? Because...
  2. Tryouts officially started the day each coach was announced. Next year's coaches should now be out watching games all over the place; they should be taking and placing phone calls; they should be responding to and sending emails; they should be talking with current and incoming coaches to establish depth charts, etc. Next year's coaches should be highly visible around the rinks and ready to talk to parents. They should NOT be having birthday skates or anything which could be considered tampering.
  3. Coaches may not pick who YOU think are the best 17 players. That is because coaches have to build TEAMS and that involves a mix of left and right shots; offensive and defensive kids; fast kids and grinders; creative/flashy players and steady/dependable players. They also may have to keep body checking in mind, work ethic, which way a kid is trending and coachability. Finally, Rep teams generally have between 110 and 180 events over the course of an 8-9 month season with team chemistry being an important component for success, so if you don't think parent behaviour/attitude and player behaviour/attitude have a role in selections then you are mistaken. Don't be the reason your kid doesn't make a team. If you suspect that you may be a crazy hockey parent, please read this and calm down and just enjoy.
  4. Picking teams is not an exact science - coaches will make mistakes. They are not doing it on purpose - they want to win. But maybe they see some potential in a kid vs. a kid who may have plateaued. Maybe they think they can improve the decision making of a kid who can skate and shoot like lightening. Maybe it doesn't work out. It doesn't mean the coach is an incompetent idiot who should be publicly or anonymously insulted. He/she was taking a chance to improve the team and it didn't work out. Oh well, get over it.

So, with all of this in mind, what should you do to maximize your chances of achieving your goals?

  1. If you are a player - work hard in games and practices - do the little things - be a great teammate who is easy to coach. You never know who is watching.
  2. If you are a parent, be realistic. If your child is in HL or AE, the chances of them making AA right away are very low. Target the appropriate level and contact the coach via email or if you see him around the rinks. Make sure he knows who your child is and why you think your child is a strong candidate for the team. Also, behave yourself - everyone is watching.
  3. If your child is returning from another association, understand that there is a variance of talent amongst "A", "AA" and "AAA" teams in different Associations. Your child may have to play one level down in Oakville for a year before they get back to the level they were playing elsewhere. That is not "not fair" it is the reality of minor hockey in this region.

If you are currently a Ranger, good luck in the playoffs. If you are in HL with rep aspirations, I hope to see you at tryouts or around the rinks. If you are an Oakville player thinking of returning, we would love to have you back. Finally, if you live on the moon but are a 50 goal scorer or a big right-handed D, give us a call - we may find a spot for you!

Go Rangers Go!

John Verdon
President - Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (formerly MOHA)

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