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Player Evaluation Committee has developed a player evaluation process which provide all players an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills, abilities and hockey sense thru planned skills/drills and scrimmages all while doing their best. At the conclusion of player evaluations, Hockey Operations will have scores and a clear picture of a player's abilities. The goal is to ensure that no evaluator evaluates his/her own child.  However, schedules could be adjusted due to unexpected circumstances.  If that happens and someone ends up evaluating at his/her child's level, that evaluator will have no input regarding his/her own child; the child will be ranked and placed by the other evaluators only, using the regular selection process.

  • Players are to attend the age/last name skills session (1) in March and the two (2) scrimmage sessions in April.
  • Players are to attend ALL of their appropriate evaluation sessions.

Scoring: Skills & Scrimmage

Skills: During the skills portion of the evaluation, a coach will be posted at each end of the rink.  The first coach will ensure that all players start at the same position and at the same time. The second coach will have a stopwatch and clipboard to properly measure and record the player’s time measurement.   If a player is deemed to have had an event that significantly impacted his score, the coach will signal to Director (individual running the event on ice) to determine if the player shall attempt the drill again.  The following rules should be applied when determining scores:

  • When scoring skill drills and the use of a puck is included, the player must cross the finish line with the puck to complete the drill.
  • If the players has outside interference including a coach, another player, equipment failure, etc. beyond the players control the player will be asked to redo the drill.
  • If there is a malfunction of the timer, then the player will be asked to redo the drill.
  • A player who makes a mistake, such as simply mishandling the puck or accidentally tripping without any outside interference will not be allowed to redo the drill.  Players should work as quickly as possible to recover from mistakes and finish the drill.
  • If the player does not perform the drill properly, it will be left to the discretion of the coach timing the drill to determine if the mistake significantly impacted the players performance of the drill.  If yes, then the player will be asked to redo the drill, if no and the mistake positively impacted their time, then an asterisk should be added to their score and an .5 sec penalty will be added to their time when entering their score.

Scrimmage: The scrimmage portion of the evaluation, at least 3 (with a max of 5) evaluators will score each player in five areas:  skating, puck control, aggressiveness, read/react/hockey sense and positioning.  The scoring will be based on a scale of 1 through 9, with 1 being the highest score and 9 being the lowest score.

  • The first scrimmage session at each age level will be broken up by Alpha (Last Name) order for each hour keeping total players on ice under 40 skaters.

  • For the second scrimmage session each hour will be broken up based on scores from the 1st scrimmage, skills and current coach’s evaluation. If two hours are need based on the number players at age level, the first hour will consist of the lower ranked players and the second hour will be high ranked. Some players based on performance during the first hour may be asked to stay for the second hour.

Player Placement: Players will be placed on team based on player evaluation which include scrimmage score, 60% + current Coaches Eval 25% + skills score, 15%.

Preliminary Rosters Rankings and team assignments, at each level, will be drafted by the Hockey Director after a peer review check with the Coaching Coordinators and President.  The Hockey Director will then convene a Coaches Meeting to review the Preliminary Player Placements on the Proposed Teams at each level. 

  • This meeting will review placements, scores and reference coaching evaluations to help in the Preliminary Player Placements.  Optimum Final team size is between 11-15 players plus goalies, so Preliminary Rosters will have 9-11 players to allow for Fall Conditioning movements. 
  • The actual number of players placed on the preliminary rosters for each team will be large enough to ensure that 75% of players stay on the final roster.  This means that we might have more players on preliminary rosters for a specific team than the final roster.

All players are evaluated equally with no guaranteed spots.  In the event of a statistical tie, preference will be given on the higher team by the following criteria: 1) The player who is a returning CM Revolution player from the prior season, 2) the player who was a member of the higher level team in the division[1] from the prior season, 3) A second year player at the same age level.

In the event, that a second year player in a division would be moved down to a lower team than the prior season based on their tryout scores, without either an expansion or contraction of the number of teams in the division, a consensus agreement must be reached by the Hockey Operations team and signed off on by the President.

Players who are eligible for movement in the fall are flagged at the spring coaches meeting time based on their performance during tryouts and coaches’ evaluations.  The Final Preliminary Rosters will be submitted to the BOD for Final Approval.

Fall Conditioning Week

As many skaters continue to develop over the summer and players move into our towns, the CM Revolution Program understands that skaters may need to be evaluated in the Fall and placed on a team for their best development.  The Fall Conditioning Week is the final phase of our player placement process and includes several sessions of drills and scrimmages that allow for players to be evaluated.  Players will be evaluated by Fall Conditioning Evaluation team that is comprised of the preliminary head coach, hockey operations team members and other coaches which  makes a  roster recommendations to the Hockey Director and Coaching Coordinators for movement.  Each member of the fall conditioning evaluation team will rank the players based on their performance during fall conditioning.   The players with the highest combined rank will be selected to move up.  If there is a tie, then Head Coach of team will select player using special considerations listed below.    The goal is to have the Final Rosters created and posted before the regular season begins. 

Some notes on special considerations:

  • CM Revolution policy regarding 2nd year players within a level:  If players have similar scores, the 2nd year player will be given a higher level of consideration.
  • Players missing Player Evaluation Events:  Players who are absent from Fall Conditioning events for their assigned teams will remain on their assigned teams.  If a player is able to partially participate in Fall Conditioning, evaluators will do their best to determine skill level.  If such a determination is not able to be made, the player will remain on their assigned team.
  • Players at Different Age Levels:  ALL skaters will tryout at their own age level. If there is a Massachusetts Hockey medical waiver requested to play at a younger level, or a legitimate reason to play at an older level, the skater will still tryout at their own level. The skater’s family requesting the age waiver will need to communicate their level request to the Hockey Director, Coaching Coordinators and President, who will note the request on their tryout application. If it is determined that the player will play at the requested level, the player will be asked to tryout the requested level's tryout.
  • Scores:  The Hockey Director and/or Coaching Coordinators will keep all scores and notes and will use them during the Evaluation Process. The scores will not be made public.

Coaches’ Evaluations:

While approaching the end of the hockey season, CM Revolution head and assistant coaches are required to evaluate their players on their team based on several hockey skills and abilities and submit to the hockey director.  This evaluation includes:  skating, passing, attitude, aggressiveness, hockey IQ, hustle, coachability, shot, positioning, puck control and team play.  The scoring is 1 through 10, with 10 being the best. 

The Coaches score their players based on the level of the players and their team.  Therefore this evaluation does not cross from level to level or team to team easily, but does give additional data on the player. Due to this coaches’ evaluations are used as a lower percentage of total score source for player evaluation.

** Scoring: Scrimmage 60% + Current Coaches Eval 25% + Skills 15%: Notes: Coaches evals will need to be done by all current team coaches and submit prior to skills session. An evaluation form will be developed by committee and sent to all coaches in Feb. The form will match the Scrimmage eval scoring. TBD form may follow a rank of 1-10 with 1 being highest. As an example, 1 ranking on skating means that players skills would be first line of the top team in the division level they will be moving into.

  • Proposed Scoring Scale:
    • Example:  
      • 1 = First Line Top (A Team)
      • 2 = Second Line Top (A Team)
      • 5 = Second Line 2 level (B Team)
      • 9 = Third Line Lowest team (C Team)
      • 10 = Lowest team depending on age House League may be an option for this player.

Schedule Goal for Preliminary and Final Rosters

The goal is to have Preliminary Rosters posted on our website by the end of June.  The goal for Final rosters is the end of fall Conditioning Week.   Each division manager will responsible for contacting players who were identified during fall conditioning week to move up. 

[1] A player who has moved up a division will not be given preference based on the team they played on in the previous division.  For example, a player from the Squirt 1 team moving to the Peewees, will not be given preference over a similar player at the Peewee level based on their previous placement at the Squirt Level.