SAMHA Tryout Process & Critical Dates for 2020-2021 Season

Aug. 25, 2020

SAMHA Tryout Process & Critical Dates for 2020-2021 Season

Guidance Document


This document is created to notify players, parents and families who are registered with SAMHA of the tryout process and critical dates in the following division(s):

  • U9 (Novice) Co-Ed / U9 (Novice) Female
  • U11 (Atom) Co-Ed / U11 (Atom) Female
  • U13 (Peewee) Co-Ed (this included P13U AA), 13U (Peewee) Female

Things to Know:

 Tryout Process:

  • Each registered player will participate in a one-hour skill session
  • These results will be used for the formation of cohorts
  • Cohorts will be created with similar skilled player based on results of the skill skate session and previous data including, but not limited to, the 2019/2020 level of play. Cohort groups will be formed by the Division Director, Development Director, Evaluation Director, HOCVP, Female Director (where applicable) and Cohort Leaders.

 Critical Dates:

  • August 21, 2020:Registration closed for the 2020-2021 season on the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association website.
  • September 5 & 6, 2020: U9, U9 Female - Skills Skate Sessions
  • September 6 & 7, 2020: U11, U11 Female - Skills Skate Sessions
  • September 9, 10 & 11, 2020: U13, U13AA, U13 Female - Skills Skate Sessions
  • September 12, 2020: Goalie Skills Session, U11 and U13
  • September 13-20: Cohort formations - These dates are an approximation. Formation of cohorts will be performed in a timely manner.
  • September 21 - TBD: Cohorts are formed for evaluation purposes and players will be scheduled as per the ice times allotted to their cohort group. Players will remain in their cohort group until further notice. 


Important Points:

  • Cohort groups are not the final teams. Teams will be selected once Hockey Alberta authorizes play to begin.  Please refer to the Hockey Alberta Return to Play document.
  • The Cohort skates will be a part of the player evaluation process.
  • As the process unfolds, things may and likely will change. SAMHA is subject to the directions of Hockey Alberta, Alberta Health, the City of St. Albert and other governing bodies.  We will provide updates when and if changes occur as soon as possible.  Your on-going patience is appreciated. 
  • U15 and U18 evaluation dates are TBD. We are working with the St. Albert Raiders Hockey Club to coordinate dates.  The process will be announced as soon as possible.


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