Player Evaluations

At the start of each season, all BMHA players must go through evaluations to sort them into teams.   This gives everyone the opportunity to play with others at a similar level and affords coaches the opportunity to best provide a positive teaching and learning experience.

The sort-out process for U9 and U11 will be based on two skills sessions and one scrimmage. The skills sessions will allow players to demonstrate their skating and hockey skills outside of the game environment. The scrimmage sessions will allow players to demonstrate both their skating skills and ability to play the game. Puck control and game play will also factor into the sort out process.

U13, U15 and U18 division evaluations will be largely scrimmage based with a skills portion be the primary part of the first session. Players will have the fairest opportunity in a game situation to demonstrate their skills and how they play the game.

The evaluation scoring system is a five point scale (1 to 5) and criteria for these scores will vary according to the age group. Evaluators will be looking at skating, puck control, shooting, passing and overall game play.

The following document and the section below provide more detail on the approach that will be followed during the evaluations.

At each session, independent evaluators - those with no children playing in that Division - will use the scoring system to arrive at a score.   The results will be the primary reference tool for the Division Convenor and VP Operations to form teams at A, B or C levels.

Goalies will be evaluated by goal tending specialists, with the results being provided to the VP Operations.

BMHA Player Evaluation Format


To standardize and design player evaluations that fairly assess a players ability to perform and execute the 5 fundamental hockey skills: Skating, Puck handling, Shooting, Passing, & Game Play.


The objective of the player evaluations is to provide each player the opportunity to demonstrate their respective ability to perform and execute those five fundamental hockey skills. Players will be provided the opportunity to demonstrate each respective fundamental skill multiple times, ensuring to the extent possible, a fair and true evaluation of their abilities.


The evaluations for all age cohorts will be conducted over three phases in order to fairly assess a player's ability to perform and execute those fundamental hockey skills in both drills and game situations. Those three phases will be implemented over the three evaluation sessions.

Session 1 - Phase 1:  Individual skill proficiency of four fundamental hockey skills

  • Skating (Forwards, Backwards, Crossovers, turns, transitions, stops & starts)
  • Shooting
  • Puck handling
  • Passing

Session 2 - Phase 2:  Positional specific & game situational drills

  • Players will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their individual skills (skating, puck handling, passing, and shooting) while performing positional specific drills & game situational drills.
  • These drills will include full ice 1 vs. 1 & 2 vs. 1.

Session 3 - Phase 3:  Game Play (Scrimmages)

  • All aspects of a player's overall game play will be assessed here.

The evaluations have been standardized for the following cohort's to reflect the needs and abilities of player's within those age groups:

  • U9 & U11
  • U13, U5, U18


As of 2019 Hockey Canada has mandated changes to how all Novice and Atom players will learn to play hockey. Therefore the traditional evaluation models for Novice and Atom needed to be revised in order to address those changes and conform to the new player development models.

The U13, U5, & U18 evaluations have been standardized to reflect the needs of those cohorts and provide a fair evaluations process.


U9 & U11 Cohorts

Session 1 -Phase 1: Individual Skill Proficiency

    • Players will participate in a full ice warm up
    • Players will be required to execute fundamental skating movements during this full ice warm up
    • Players will then rotate through 3 skill stations targeting the four identified fundamental hockey skills: skating, puck handling, shooting and passing

Session 2 - Phase 2: Individual Skill Proficiency & Game Situational Drills.

    • Players will rotate through skill stations as well as game and position specific drills for the session.

Session 3 -Phase 3:  Games (4 vs. 4 - Novice) and 5 vs. 5 (Atom)

    • Note: This format only applies for this season before; Minor Atom players begin playing 4 vs. 4 during their evaluations.

U13, U5 & U18 Cohorts

Session 1 - Phase 1:

    • Players will participate in an extended full ice warm up. Players will execute various full ice drills to demonstrate their individual skills and abilities.

Session 2 - Phase 2 (U13,U15, U18)

    • Games & Scrimmages

Session 3 -Phase 3 (U13,U15, U18)

    • Games & Scrimmages


Goalies will be evaluated separately. Independent evaluators, specializing in goalie evaluations will conduct the evaluations and rank the goalies accordingly.


The proposed player evaluation format and templates have been designed to provide every player the opportunity to be fairly evaluated over three sessions.

At the conclusion of the three evaluation session a player will be assigned a cumulative score. That cumulative score will be used to rank the players along with a suggested level 'A', 'B' or 'C' divisions. Additional balancing games may be required as part of the evaluation process.

Evaluation Committee August 2019.