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GHA Evaluation Skates

By Dana Miller Eiland, 09/28/16, 7:15AM MDT


Evaluations skates for 10U, 12U & 14U will be held the weekend of October 22 & 23rd.

Evaluations skates for 10U, 12U & 14U will be held the weekend of October 22 & 23rd.

Skate times are as follows:
Saturday October 22nd:

                12U                        7:30 - 8:45 AM
                14U                        9:00 - 10:15 AM
                10U                        10:30 – 11:45 AM
                14U                        12:00 – 1:15 PM
                10U                        1:30 – 2:45 PM

Sunday October 23rd:

                12U                        7:30 - 8:45 AM
                14U                        9:00 - 10:15 AM
                12U                        10:30 – 11:45 AM
                10U                        12:00 – 1:15 PM

The evaluations will be conducted by (2) independent coaches from out of town.  While observation of the evaluation skates is allowed and encouraged, the evaluation coaches have asked that if you do know them to please refrain from conversation, before, during or after the evaluation skates.

There is a distinct possibility that after the second of the three skates a few players may be asked to not return for the third evaluation skate.  If your child is asked to not return, this is good news.  It means they have performed very well and the evaluators would like extra ice time to evaluate the other skaters.

If your skater will not be able to attend any/all of the evaluation skates, please let the coach in chief, Ry Muzzarelli, ( know ahead of time.  

If your skater can not attend any of the evaluation skates, he/she will be placed on the "B" team until a determination by the Age Director and Coach in Chief can be made as to proper team placement. 

Results of the evaluation skate will be emailed soon after the evaluation weekend.

A few parents have asked about their skater, skating up to the next level.  Please read the skating up policy below:

Skating up:

Acceptable if first agreed upon by current level and next level head coaches, the players’ parents and final approval from the Board of Directors. The parents requesting that their player to skate up must submit a letter to the board requesting their skating up move. “Skating Up” will be understood to all parties that the player must practice and play with the higher division and will not be allowed to “skate down”.

The current GHA Coach-in-Chief must approve all player Play-Up’s Criteria. This will be based on the evaluation of the player’s skill level and ability to contribute to the older team, as well as the player’s maturity level compared to the older team’s players.

The Play-Up player should be projected to be among the top 25% of all players in the next age division. If the player is not projected to be in this percentage, then it is highly likely the move is not in the best interest of the player.

All Play-Up decision are subject to review by the GHA Board at any time. If at any time it is determined that the player who is playing up is experiencing difficulty, as determined by the Board and/or the player’s coach, the decision may be reversed or the Play-Up may be nullified.

If you think your player meets the above criteria and you would like your player to attend the evaluation skate of the next age group, please email the Coach in Chief,, with your request. If the Age Directors agree, the Coach in Chief will let you know that he/she has been approved.

Your player will be required to attend the evaluation skates of both his/her current age group and the age group they are trying to skate up to. This is necessary in the event that he/she is not in the top 25% of skaters at the next age level, he/she will still have to be evaluated with their peers at his/her current age level.

If you have any questions regarding the evaluation process please don't hesitate to ask the coach in chief, Ry Muzzarelli (