Tryouts for next season (2019-2020) begin in late February. Please check the evaluation schedule below for dates/times. Each player will need to register for the tryout and pay the tryout fee of $210. More information on the tryout process can be found below.
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|Level / Birth Year||Last Name||Skills Evaluation||Game Evaluation|
|Mite (2011, 2012)||A - K||2/25 5:45PM @ NVO-1||3/4 (Small Area) 5:45PM @ NVO-1|
|Mite (2011, 2012)||L - Z||2/26 5:45PM @ NVO-1||3/5 (Small Area) 5:45PM @ NVO-1|
|Squirt (2009, 2010)||A - K||3/11 5:45PM @ NVO-1||3/18 (Small Area) 5:45PM @ NVO-1|
|Squirt (2009, 2010)||L - Z||3/11 6:55PM @ NVO-1||3/18 (Small Area) 6:55PM @ NVO-1|
|Peewee (2007, 2008)||A - K||3/12 5:45PM @ NVO-1||3/19 (Full ice ) 5:45PM @ NVO-1|
|Peewee (2007, 2008)||L - Z||3/12 6:55PM @ NVO-1||3/19 (Full ice) 6:55PM @ NVO-1|
|Bantam (2005, 2006)||A - K||3/11 8:05PM @ NVO-1||3/18 (Full ice) 8:05PM @ NVO-1|
|Bantam (2005, 2006)||L - Z||3/12 8:20PM @ NVO-2||3/19 (Full ice) 8:20PM @ NVO-2|
|Midget (2001 - 2004)||ALL||3/4 8:05PM @ NVO-1||3/4 (Full ice) 9:15PM @ NVO-1|
(2007 - 2010)
3/24 6:50PM @
3/24 8:00PM @
ABCC Girls teams evaluation schedule is below. Make sure to look for your daughter's birth year to determine the correct evaluation session.
If your child is also trying out for a co-ed team, you must:
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|Level (birth year)||Session 1||Session 2|
|Girls U10 (2009, 2010)||3/21 6:50PM @ Valley rink-1||3/28 6:50PM @ Valley rink-1|
|Girls U12 (2007, 2008)||3/21 8:00PM @ Valley rink-1||3/28 8:00PM @ Valley rink-1|
|Girls U14 (2005, 2006)||3/23 8:00PM @ Valley rink-1|
For ABCC Girls U8 (2011, 2012), there are no separate ABCC evaluations. ABCC's philosophy is that the girls will get optimal development by participating in either the AB or CC Mite or LTP programs. There will be an ABCC U8 "mini-season" team, which will allow the girls to have some fun and play against other girls teams. More information will be available over the summer.
There has been some new developments in the structure of the Midget age program at ABYHA that will start with the Fall 2019 season. This article will explain the details of the program as well as how and why it came about.
ABYHA has been in continual discussion with the AB High School Varsity coach about how best to develop players for the transition to high school hockey. While this has the most immediate impact at the Midget level, these discussions are aimed at all levels. You may have seen varsity players helping out at mite, squirt and peewee practices through the year. This is both to promote leadership development of the high school players as well as provide role models for the younger skaters.
The ABYHA midget program has always been for high school aged players, and will continue to run as in years past. We will have a tryout with independent evaluators, and teams will be selected based on those results. We will create as many teams as we have players, and the teams will compete in the Valley league.
The change this year will be for the top Midget 1 team. ABYHA and the 495 Stars are cooperating to create a team where those players intending to try out for the high school team will have the opportunity to play together in the Fall. ABYHA, 495 Stars, and the High School coach had input on the details and structure of the program, but high school involvement ended at that point. This team will be limited to players eligible to play for the AB High School program at any level (varsity, or JV).
This team will play in both the Valley League and the Premier Hockey League, and will play 25+ games (~2 per week), in addition to having 3 hours of practice ice per week. All practices will be at NVO. Additional Midget teams will have 1 game per week, but the same 3 hours of practice ice, 2 of which will be shared with the M1 team. The M1 team cost will be ~$1125 per skater. Additional teams will be ~$700 as in the past.
Just to be clear, this new M1 team is *NOT* the high school team. The team will be chosen by a panel of independent evaluators not associated with the High school team in any way. Selection to this team will be made by the evaluators, and will not consider past high school hockey participation, nor will selection to this team have any bearing on selection to the high school team in November.
Additional midget teams in our system are in no way receiving a lesser experience. They will share the 2 hour skills practice with the M1 team, and are on track move toward the high school system. This program is designed for the sole purpose of bringing AB players back together to help player development and familiarity with each other. The hope is we create a more cohesive program with a smoother transition for players selected to the high school team in November.
As March arrives, so does the time for hockey placement evaluations. Without proper perspective, this may be an unnecessarily stressful time.
How will my child perform? How will he/she be evaluated? Will he/she make the team?
This article will hopefully shed some light on the placement process for all our ABYHA travel teams.
The first thing to know is that ABYHA does not cut anyone. Every child that participates in the tryout will be placed on a team for the Fall.
The placement process happens over the course of the roughly 3 month period from March to Memorial Day. Everyone that has been through the process before is familiar with the on ice evaluations the program holds each year. In these sessions, we invite independent evaluators to come and score the players over a few sessions. In the Skills session, all the players complete a set of drills that are scored by the evaluators. Skaters are evaluated on skating ability and puck handling. In the Small Area session, small area games are set up to evaluate true hockey game skills. Players are evaluated on competitiveness, creativity, vision and hockey IQ. This year we are also adding a full ice game for the peewee, bantam, and midget levels.
What is not as commonly known is that these sessions are only one part of the placement process. If your child played in the ABYHA program this or any recent season, they were evaluated by their coach during the March time frame. Each coach is asked to score each player on a series of hockey attributes, and rank the players on the team. This is done by the head coach as well as all assistant coaches.
At this point, we have a mountain of data on each player in the system. Some of this data is generated by someone who never saw your child before. Some of this data is generated by coaches that spent 7 months with your child. The data comes from many angles, and is very thorough. At this point we have an online application that crunches all this data for us, and ranks every skater in each division. This list is reviewed with a first pass by ABYHA to make sure there are no obvious errors. ABYHA has done this process for many years, and what we find is that this first pass is amazingly accurate.
Based on the number of players in each division, the list is divided to make as many teams as makes sense for the number of skaters. We call this Version 1.
Version 1, including the tryout raw data, is shared with the current year Head Coaches. There is detailed discussion at this meeting about the Version 1 list. Any disagreements are voiced, discussed, and finally decided. This becomes Version 2.
Version 2, not including raw tryout data, is shared at a general coaches meeting, with all the current coaches. We now have many more points of view, so any discrepancy missed so far is generally found. More discussion takes place, and if need be, changes are made. We are now at version 3 of the team list, and we consider this final. This is the list that is announced around Memorial Day.
It is important to note that coaches for next year’s teams have not been selected at this point. Only after the final Version 3 placement list is complete do discussions begin on who will be the coach.
As a parent on the outside of this process, there are a few tips to be shared.
If your child, who played in ABYHA this year, has an “off night" at evaluations, it will have very little effect on placement. As mentioned above, there are coaches who spent 7 months with your child, and their opinion will be heard.
The same is true of missing evaluations, but this is not an excuse to skip, nor is it a reason for any player to “mail it in” at evaluations. We are looking to see the best from every skater, and this is their chance to shine and show us what they have. Determination and attitude play a big part in this game, and a bad attitude at evaluations will be noticed.
Once team placements are announced, please remember that this process is not about making the best, super, winning team. This process is about putting your child in the best position for them to improve, and most importantly, have fun. A child placed inappropriately will not be happy, and will not improve as he/she should. We strive to create a love of the game, where your child can’t wait to get to the rink.
Remember, the team placements have been reviewed by no less than a dozen people, most of whom have played this game for many years, and at a high level. Your child was not missed or passed over.
If your child is a “bubble” player, meaning they are right on the line between 2 teams, consider the difference. If your child is in the bottom half in terms of skill for a team, he/she will touch the puck less, be less involved in the play, and struggle with confidence. “Playing up” does not produce better players. If your child is in the top half of skill on the team, they will be more involved in the play, touch the puck more, and gain confidence. Confidence is critical to this game at every level. If you rob your child of that early, it is very difficult to regain.
Lastly, we are revising our placement process for 2017-2018. We have stated that we are not allowing players to play on other hockey teams as well as ABYHA. It has been our experience that players cannot be committed to 2 teams, and therefore miss practice and games. In many cases the AB team is left short. Worse than that, those players are taking spots away from others who are more committed to the AB team. We feel very strongly about the USA Hockey Development Model we have adopted, and subscribe to the research that shows the appropriate amount of ice time a developing player should get. Research has shown that playing significantly more that the USA Hockey recommendations not only does not help develop a player, in most cases it is a detriment. We have seen many players "burn out" before they reach high school, therefore it is to everyone's benefit that we adopt this policy.
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I'm sure many of you have aspirations to someday play for the Acton Boxboro High School Varsity team. The high school locker room in is serious need of some improvements. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with the cost of these improvements. Please consider a donation of any size to help invest in the future of the program!
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Founded in 1970, the Acton-Boxboro Youth Hockey Association serves boys and girls in the towns of Acton, Boxboro, Harvard, and Bolton Massachusetts. Our home rink is the Nashoba Valley Olympia on Route 111 in Boxboro (directions). Our teams play in the Valley League, and our girls team play in the Middlesex Yankee Conference.
We have 17 teams from the Mite to Midget level, Girls team combined with Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey, and a learn to skate program with six intramural Mosquito teams. We have a long, proud heritage. Our program is based upon the principle of making our children's hockey experience as enjoyable as possible, with a strong emphasis on skating and skills development and having fun with hockey. Some of our players have graduated to the National Hockey League, and others have played for their high school and college teams.