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Guidelines for Selection of Tournament-Bound Teams
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- “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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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