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Team Formation Guidelines

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Guidelines for Selection of Tournament-Bound Teams

  1. The Head Coach has the responsibility to select the team. The team should be selected to best represent the organization and be competitive at their level.

  2. The pool of players from which the team is selected is comprised of all players who have demonstrated an interest and are legally registered with USA Hockey. They must also be eligible to play for TGHA under the guidelines provided by USA Hockey and NYSAHA for player movement.

  3. The ability of a player or her family to handle the financial burden of travel hockey is not a concern in selecting the team. If a player is eligible and has the desire and skill to play at that level, the financial issues will be addressed privately and sensitively with the appropriate personnel in TGHA.

  4. “MOVE UP” POLICY as defined in the 2011-2012 TGHA Handbook.  The TGHA philosophy of player development is that it is usually best for all players to play within their respective age groups. However, in special circumstances it may be appropriate for a player to move up to a higher age group. All requests to play “up” must adhere to the following protocol:
    • All requests must be made in writing to the TGHA Board of Directors.

    • Head coaches from the team for which the player is age-appropriate, and the team the player is requesting to be moved up to, must be involved in the decision.

    • The player’s skills on the ice should be such that the she would be played on the first or second line of the team she would be moving up to.

    • The player must attend the team formation sessions for the team for which the player is age-appropriate, and the team the player is requesting to be moved up to.

    • The TGHA Board of Directors will have the final say on whether or not a player can move up, and will make its decision after giving all parties involved a chance to be heard.

      Coaches are advised not to select underage players who will not receive regular playing time. "Regular playing time" is defined as players who are on the first two forward lines or first two defensive pairs. It is better for an underage player to play regularly at her own level than to not play at the upper level. Our organization's focus is the development of players and then, competition.  During tryouts, the coaches of all travel teams shall confer with each other to the extent possible. The needs of teams at each level should be considered in making team selection decisions including whether an underage player should be allowed to move up to older levels.
  1. The head coach will determine the number of players to be rostered with USA Hockey. With the emphasis on improving the organization through player development, it is understood that players who "make teams" but are not given adequate playing time, fail to develop. It is better to position that player at a lower level and allow them to improve. Coaches are encouraged but not bound to take the maximum number allowable on a roster. This direction is given to provide opportunity for more players at higher levels of competition. However, a full roster implies that there is very little difference between the first player and the last player selected.
  1. Individual skill is very important in evaluating players. Other characteristics that should be recognized when selecting players include: Physical and Social Maturity - while not a body-checking game, there is a great amount of allowable body contact. The ability of a player to withstand the contact with larger and older players must be taken into account. The age ranges for girls teams are often wider than for boys' hockey, so it is important to look at the level the girls are at socially and emotionally and determine if there will be a good fit. Cooperation and team play - Make sure the girls selected will get along with coaches and teammates, and that they can take constructive criticism and grow from it. Evaluate the understanding of the flow of the game and the player's ability to anticipate in game situations.

  2. Coaches may, at their discretion at any time within the regulations of USA Hockey and NYSAHA, add or delete a player from the roster. The coach will determine if a tryout for a player is required. All players must be registered with USA Hockey before going on the ice for a tryout or practice.

  3. Players who have been on a team in a prior season are not guaranteed a spot on that team for the coming season. Players who have participated in other organizations are given the same opportunity as players who have "come up through the ranks" in TGHA.

2011 – 2012 TGHA Handbook Revisions Voted on and Approved by TGHA Board – October 2011