The 2015-16 regular season is rapidly coming to a close and
the majority of our rep players, coaches and parents are probably starting to
think in terms of a long and hopefully successful play-off run. For some,
however, it’s also the time of year where thoughts turn to next season, and the
possibility of moving to the next level ie AAA hockey.
In some cases, these thoughts may be prompted by an approach from someone claiming to represent a AAA team, and an invitation to attend what amount to “unofficial” tryouts. These on-ice sessions go by various names- birthday skates, hockey parties, skills training etc. They are often attempts to circumvent the rules by organizations which have difficulty attracting quality players. They are unofficial because they are illegal under Hockey Canada regulations. Participants, if caught, are subject to potentially serious consequences eg fines and suspensions in the case of teams and coaches, loss of eligibility to play for the team in question in the case of players. Simply put, it’s an unnecessary risk for no real return.
Between April 11 and April 25 2016 players are free to attend official tryouts hosted by OMHA and GTHL AAA organizations. No player can be signed by a AAA team prior to this period. The WSMHA will do whatever we can to facilitate a legal AAA try out process for Stouffville players.
Between now and April we ask only that you focus on this season, and show respect for your teammates and coaches by giving your full attention and best efforts to winning a championship for Stouffville. For those who aspire to playing AAA and have the skills to do so the opportunity will be there in April.