AA 2nd Try Out Procedures


SCAHL Memorandum
To:      SCAHL Member Associations                            
From: Greg Davenport
Subject: AA 2nd Try Out Procedures
Date: September 4, 2015
We have begun to see request for 2nd try outs for players released from their home Recruitment Areas.  Please note the following criteria as per the AA Hockey Model.
1.  The second tryout process will be facilitated through each individual League, so it will be key that there is constant communication between the Leagues and their member associations.
Associations will need to follow the two Deadlines set out in the “AA” Hockey Model under the “Notification of Tryout Section.” They are:
  1. Prior to September 1st, a Recruitment Area has declared to the League that they are in need of players due to a low turn-out of eligible players registering for try-outs; or        
  2. Prior to September 15, a Recruitment Area has declared a low number of players attending try-outs that are capable of played at the “AA” level.
When these requests are being made, the Recruitment Areas need to ensure that they are providing proof of the need (Registration numbers etc..). Should no word from a Recruitment Area be received that additional players are needed, that Recruitment Area will not be eligible to receive players for the second tryout.  
So at this point if your Recruitment Area feels it qualifies under point B above, a letter should be forwarded to the SCAHL so stating and providing proof of the “need”.
2.  Players seeking the second tryout will notify the League that they are interested in the second tryout. Those players will be required to obtain a letter from their Resident Recruitment Area and a new Player Movement Form, but will not be able to request a specific association over the other. The League will then communicate to the Recruitment Areas that have requested for help the players available for second tryouts. Those Recruitment Areas will then have the choice of which players they choose to bring in for a second tryout. *Remember this is all based on the needs of the teams, and not the needs of the player.*
So, if you are contacted by players wishing a 2nd try out, advise them of the above guideline, and have them send the SCAHL a letter from their resident Recruitment Area confirming their release, along with a new Player Movement Form. 
The League will be forming a committee comprised of the Division Governors and President to determine which Recruitment Areas players will be directed to based primarily on factors such as distance and severity of need.  This is not a provision to simply enhance the talent pool.  Consideration should be given to insure that resident players have received an appropriate opportunity to make the team prior to allowing access to 2nd try outs.
3.  Important Dates
                September 15 - last date a Recruitment Area can apply for “in need” status to receive 2nd try outs.
                September 20 - first AA try out camps must be completed.
                October 2 - approved 2nd try outs must be completed.
4.  AA Hockey Model Excerpts
Players will be given the opportunity to try out for the Team identified within the “AA” Hockey Model
as their “Resident Recruitment Area Team”. If the player does not make their Resident Recruitment
Area Team, they must return to their Resident LMHA.
A second try-out may be granted by the League based on the needs of the teams in surrounding
recruitment areas. Second try-outs are only permitted in cases where specific circumstances dictate
the need for movement in order to improve the competitiveness of another Recruitment Area team
and are not intended to permit players the opportunity for multiple try-outs. A second try-out will only
be entertained if:
a) Prior to September 1, a Recruitment Area has declared to the League that they are in
need of players due to a low turn-out of eligible players registering for try-outs; or
Prior to September 15, a Recruitment Area has declared a low number of players
attending try-outs that are capable of playing at the “AA” level;
b) The Recruitment Area must have gained support in accepting “Import” Players from its
participating LMHA partners prior to being able to request players for a second try-out;
c) The player’s Resident LMHA has a sufficient number of players in order to be able to
offer a Team at the specific Division without said player;
d) The player has been cut and has obtained a Letter from his/her Resident Recruitment
Area team;
e) The player has submitted a new Minor Hockey Player Movement Form, along with the
Letter from the Resident Recruitment Area, to the League;
The League will notify the player whether or not the request will be granted and which nearby
Recruitment Area the try-out has been granted for.
If approved, a player on a second try-out must be evaluated by independent evaluators for a
minimum of two (2) ice times and it must be determined as to whether or not the player has made
the team within seven (7) days;

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