2023-2024 Tryout Schedule
Conditioning skates prior to tryouts will start September 18th, 2023 for U11, U13, and U18 D (REP) teams. Conditioning skates allow for players to have an opportunity to be on the ice prior to their first tryout. These conditioning skates are not run by evaluators of the tryouts and are not part of tryout evaluation
All conditioning skates & tryouts will be held at West Lorne Arena. Full equipment, including mouth guard is expected. Please wear a numbered jersey, and you are encouraged to have both a dark and light set. If you do not have these jerseys already, WLMHA will have some available to use during tryouts. Please also review the WLMHA Tryout Policy.
The conditioning skate & tryout schedules are posted below, as well as on individual team calendars.
Additionally, we also want to remind parents that should their child make the U11 or U13 D (REP) team, there is a fee of $200 charged to cover the cost of the additional weekly ice time during the season. More details on payment will follow after tryouts.
Try-Out Registration at the Arena
You must check in upon arrival at your tryout, and register your jersey number with WLMHA executive at the arena. Please arrive early to allow for time to ensure all registrations are complete.
A payment fee of $50 is required to participate in conditioning skates & tryouts. The Registrar will be present at the tryouts to ensure all fees are paid. If you have not previously paid this fee as part of your registration, please e-transfer to [email protected] and indicate the Team/Age Group and “Tryout Fee” in the comments.
Tryout fees must be paid or you will not be permitted to participate in tryouts.
Please see below for the full Try-Out Policy:
All fees must be paid prior to the first tryout unless a prior arrangement has been made with the WLMH Board.
The West Lorne Minor Hockey Association (WLMHA) permits all competitive coaches to select their team. Head coaches are permitted to pick instructors to help with the try-out procedure.
The Director of Coaching will approve all on-ice instructors/coaches involved in running the tryout(s) on the ice. Additional assistants may be assigned to conduct on-ice drills during the selection period under the direction of the on-ice selection committee. Additional, third-party evaluators (not part of assigned coaching staff) may be assigned to assist with tryouts at the discretion of WLMHA.
The coaches conducting tryouts are responsible for ensuring that all players receive an equal chance to demonstrate their skills.
Discussions that take place regarding Evaluations are confidential, and will not be discussed with parents or other people outside the Evaluation process. When a player is cut from a team, parents are not to seek out and contact Evaluators about this. The Coach or groups representative, who contacts the player or parent, is the only one who is to discuss why the player was cut. In doing so, a comparison to any other specific child shall not be used.
Once team selections have been made by the coaches, they will attempt to notify all parents/players in their age group of their placement via website post. Every effort will be made to notify all parents/players in an age group on the same day of the final tryout by 11pm.
All registered players are guaranteed a minimum of 2 tryout skates. If a player cannot attend a tryout skate, for any reason, they must contact the Director of Coaching prior to the tryout that will be missed. A player must attend at least (2) of the tryout skates to be considered for the Rep teams, unless in accordance with the below.
If a player misses tryouts because of injury, illness, or a transfer from another center, the Director of Coaching and, if applicable, coaches from the child's previous hockey season, will meet and discuss how to proceed. (Place the child on the team if the decision is obvious, or allow for the player to be viewed in an evaluation set up when healthy). Any decision will be pending Board approval.
Eligibility of an Underage Player to Tryout
Per OMHA Regulation 3.6, the WLMHA has established criteria for an underage player to tryout. An underage player shall be eligible to try out for a higher age team, and qualify by ability in accordance with section 87 - Player Request to Move Up.