Tryouts and Rep Team Formation FAQ - 2020-2021 Season (Brampton Hockey Inc.)

PrintTryouts and Rep Team Formation FAQ - 2020-2021 Season
Tryouts and Rep Team Formation for the 2020-2021 Season

The rumour mill in hockey is rampant at the best of times, but has been brought to new levels during these unprecedented times. The topic of tryouts and team formation seems to be particularly popular which is why we have chosen to address it in the hopes of dispelling some of the rumours and misinformation surrounding it.

“Teams are being selected internally, there will not be any tryouts”

On May 1, 2020 the Ontario Hockey Federation issued a bulletin to all Minor Hockey Associations advising that there is to be no commitment to any players, in any capacity, at any level until hockey is reinstated. Any organization who is caught committing to players will be subject to fines and suspensions under the OHF tampering sanctions and any players involved in any such commitments will not be allowed to play for the teams involved. In addition to this, the distribution of rosters has been postponed until August 1, 2020 meaning no Minor Hockey Club has the ability to build rosters in the Hockey Canada registry at this time.

“I have
a verbal commitment from a team for the 2020-2021 season, I won’t need to attend tryouts if they even happen”

Communications received from Hockey Canada and the OHF have given no indication that the elimination of tryouts for the 2020-2021 season is being considered.

It would be expected that if travel hockey is to resume for the 2020-2021 season that tryouts would have to take place in some capacity in order to provide a fair and consistent process for team selection. Furthermore, attendance at tryouts is essentially the foundation for all player regulations within Ontario. Under these regulations, no player can be committed to or released without first attending tryouts.

While there may be a sense of security in a verbal offer, without formalization through a signed offer of commitment (which are also not currently available) a verbal commitment can be broken by either the player or the Club without consequence.

Printed from on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:59 PM