Try Out Details

As in the past, the Northwest Icehawks tryouts are designed to ensure that each player is placed on the team that will give him/her the greatest opportunity to compete at the appropriate level of play and to best develop their hockey skills while simultaneously providing them with a positive learning experience. We clearly understand that there is no perfect process but believe that you can have confidence knowing that we spend a lot of time and energy evaluating and enhancing our process to ensure that it is fair and objective so that each player is given an opportunity to exhibit their hockey skills through numerous skill drills and simulated game situations. Parents’ support of both their child and the program are critical components in a child’s understanding of tryouts and ultimate motivation for enjoying hockey. It is important for parents and players to understand that the highest level team is not always the best fit for a player. The Icehawks will continue to work very hard to ensure that every player is set up for success and is in a position to have fun competing in the great sport of hockey.




1. Coaching Director collects player evaluations from the previous season’s coaches for all returning players. This is one of several pieces of data that is factored in when determining placements.


2. Tryouts are run in late March / early April for Mites, Squirt, and Peewees and Bantams each year. Players wishing to tryout must register online and pay the tryout fee. Additionally, any prior year fees that are still unpaid must be paid prior to tryouts. Tryouts will be run using the following format:

  • Two 1 hour tryouts will be held for all Mite through Bantam aged players.
  • Tryouts are developed to measure core skating and hockey skills along with player effectiveness in game situations
  • All on ice evaluations will be done by IPH Hockey, an independent hockey organization dedicated to high-quality hockey instruction and training. Goalie evaluations will be done by ProCrease. There will also be several on-ice coaching instructors who will not be doing any evaluations. Their function is only to assist with the various on-ice drills and scrimmages.

3. Team placements are determined by a variety of factors including the data gathered from the independent evaluations at tryouts and the end of season coach’s evaluations.


4. Players’ families will be notified of team placement, usually within 7-10 days of the last tryout session for each level.


In the initial placements, we will aim to list “A”, “A1”, and in cases where the numbers work out, a third team. When appropriate, some positions for skaters will be left open on the higher level team. The intent is to allow for additional players to move to the higher level team prior to the start of the season in October as numbers allow. Initial placements are done this way to allow the organization to adjust for new skaters or others who could not tryout in the spring (i.e. due to injury, moving into the area, etc.) and it can also allow for skaters who further develop both physically and with their hockey skills over the summer to be appropriately placed for the season.


The Icehawks goal is to have a place for each child to play in an appropriately competitive situation. In the event that the numbers or other extenuating circumstances don’t allow for a player to be placed in the spring, they will have an opportunity go on a “wait list” knowing there will be an attempt to place them on a team in the fall if an opportunity exists at that time.


5. Coaches – The Icehawks intend to select all head coaches with the spring placements. Assistant coaches will be selected by the start of the season.


6. Should there be any open roster spots available, they will be finalized as the season starts. Team practices will begin in September.



All players intending to play with NWCYH for the upcoming season are expected to attend all tryouts. At minimum, a player must attend at least one tryout to be placed on a team. If a returning player or new player absolutely cannot make spring tryouts and still intends to play with the Icehawks for the upcoming season, they must communicate this to the Icehawks President or Coaching Director prior to tryouts. Situations resulting in missed tryouts that fall outside of the normal circumstances will be handled by the Board on a case by case basis.



After team placement notification following tryouts, players then have 24 hours to commit to the roster spot. When a player accepts a roster spot, a commitment letter must be signed electronically on the Icehawks website. This letter commits the player to playing for the Icehawks and paying all fees for the upcoming season. Payment of all fees will be done online using a credit card in accordance with the fee policy.


Players not committing to a roster spot during the 24 hour window or failing to make the proscribed payments risk losing the roster spot.

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