The try-out process generally involves three open ice practices that are run by the coaching staff. Prices vary depending on the team but generally $7 to $10 per try-out is the norm. I personally recommend that parents consider taking their child out for a try-out or two if for no other reason that to provide him or her with a jump on early season conditioning. Try-outs are one hour in length and the children participate in a vigorous skate utilizing numerous drills in order to show their abilities to the coaches.
We particularly encourage the parents of our younger players (5, 6, 7, and 8,) to bring their children out to try-outs. Many parents, especially those new to the game watch the house league and decide that their child cannot possibly be an All Star. What they fail to realize is that the house league is composed of several age categories rolled together. The Minor Novice division can have 4, 5, 6, and 7 year old playing together. It is no coincidence that the A line is mostly made up of 6 and 7 year olds, the B line 5 and 6 year olds and the C line 4, 5, and possibly a few 6 year olds. The All Star programme is much more divisive in its age categories. Tykes are 6 year olds and the odd 5 year olds, and Minor Novices are 7 year olds. Each year in age has a separate category in which to play.
So while your child may be a C line Minor Novice house league player he or she may be a 6 year old Tyke All Star. It is best to let the coaches be the ones to judge their ability at these ages.
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