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Preseason and Tryouts

2019-2020 Season

Preseason ice for travel teams for Squirts, Pee Wees, and Bantams will start in September. Current dates and times are posted on the calendar (remember to select your tags for Squirts, Pee Wees, and/or Bantams). Any changes to the preseason ice schedule will updated on the calendar.

Tryouts for travel teams for Squirts and Pee Wees will take place during the first week of October. Current dates and times are posted on the calendar. Team placement for Squirts and Pee Wees will be completed on Saturday October 5 and will be posted on Sunday October 6. Team practices will start that week.

Please refer to the Tryout Placement Procedures document for more information.

Goalies

Tryouts for goalies for all travel teams for Squirts, Pee Wees, and Bantams will be on Monday September 30. This initial evaluation session will be for goalies only.

Squirt and Pee Wee goalies will continue to be evaluated throughout the rest of their regular tryout sessions that week. Goalies should attend all tryout sessions for their age level as directed. Team placement for goalies will occur at the same time as players for Squirts and Pee Wees.

Bantam goalies will continue to be evaluated throughout the rest of their preseason ice sessions and any scrimmages. Team placement for goalies will occur at the same time as players for Bantams.

Bantam Checking Clinics

To kick off the preseason for Bantams, a series of checking clinics will be held in early September. These are posted on the calendar. All players who are intending to tryout for Bantams are encouraged to attend these sessions. First year Bantam players (2006 birth year) are required to attend at least one checking clinic and preferably two of them. Additional sessions may be added to the schedule if needed.

The purpose of the checking clinics is to introduce proper body contact, clarify legal and illegal actions involving body checking, and begin to understand the physical transition into Bantam level of play. Coaches will focus on educating players on key skills including angling, positioning, technique, awareness, and safety.