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DETERMINING YOUR TEAM LEVEL -- ***OVERVIEW***
We are asking the programs to be active participants in placing their teams in the best possible situations by helping Special Hockey to accurately forecast the level at which their teams should be placed. To achieve this, we are providing programs with guidance as to how to best register their teams.

WHAT IS THIS? The attached document, entitled �Levels of Play Guide,� is designed to help coaches register their teams in the most appropriate level and to provide the Tournament planning committee with guidance on placing teams at the proper levels.

WHY IS THIS NECESSARY? When it comes to creating a schedule for our tournament one of our primary goals is to provide the most parity across all participating teams, thus fostering an environment in which our players will experience the most fun and display the most sportsmanship.

HOW DOES THIS WORK? As part of this exercise, we are asking team coaches to use the below bullets as a guide to help them classify each of their players individually. Coaches can then decipher how many players they have from each level and can have a better sense of where to place their teams. A decision on what division any team will compete in will be dependent, in part, upon these numbers on the attached sheet (once completed by team coaches). Also factoring into the decision is context from coaches on where they believe their teams should be placed (see attached Guide and Registration Form).

WE HAVE A �MIXED� TEAM OF PLAYERS FROM ALL LEVELS, WHAT SHOULD WE DO? As you go through the exercise and determine your numbers, it will become clear if you have more players at a particular level. Ideally, teams should have a minimum of 50 percent of players from a particular level for a team to be classified as such. However, special circumstances do occur. This is why we are asking coaches for more information on the attached form.

WE DON�T HAVE ENOUGH PLAYERS TO FIELD A FULL TEAM. CAN WE COMBINE WITH ANOTHER TEAM? Yes. In the interest of allowing all players who are willing and able to participate in the tournament, we encourage teams without enough players to field teams of their own to combine with another team. It�s a nice way to offer players from any special hockey program a chance to play at their level of play.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS OUR COACH USES TO REGISTER OUR TEAM(S) BY LEVEL?

1) Utilize this attached Guide to help you classify your players individually
2) Utilize the Registration Form to provide the number of players you have at each level
3) On the Form, provide context as to what level your team might be best suited to compete
4) List on the Form teams you have played in the past and who your team has matched up well against
5) List on the Form a contact number where you can be reached with any questions

All of the above information will be carefully taken into account when creating the fairest schedule possible. With our brand of the sport, no system or process is perfect. However we believe that this is a step in the right direction to creating parity for Special Hockey Tournaments. Thank you in advance for your time, thought and cooperation.
DETERMINING YOUR TEAM LEVEL
***LEVELS OF PLAY (LOP) GUIDE***
A Level (A+ to A-)
able to skate unassisted
able to play at a faster pace
able to play structured game with minimal to no assistance
has more advanced hockey skills (skating, stick handling, passing, and shooting)
has better understanding of game rules and concepts
able to follow rules / instruction / drills
always engaged in the play
has the ability to change on the fly
needs no prompting

B Level (B+ to B-)
able to skate unassisted
able to play at a mid-level pace
able to play structured game with minimal assistance
has mid-level hockey skills (skating, stick handling, passing, and shooting)
has basic understanding of game rules and concepts
able to follow rules / instruction / drills (occasional prompting may be needed)
always (or mostly) engaged in the play
may need assistance in positioning
may need occasional prompting

C Level (C+ to C-)
may need assistance in skating (use of walker or volunteer)
able to play at a slower pace
needs assistance to play structured game
has lower level hockey skills (skating, stick handling, passing, and shooting)
has limited understanding of game rules and concepts
has difficulty following rules / instruction / drills
may need some (or constant) prompting to engage in the play
needs assistance in positioning

DETERMINING YOUR TEAM LEVEL (First Team)

*** REGISTRATION FORM***

THIS FORM IS FOR COACHES� USE ONLY. PLEASE COMPLETE ONE (1) FORM FOR EACH TEAM REGISTERING FOR THE SHI TOURNAMENT

PROGRAM NAME: TOTAL NUMBER OF �A� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TOTAL NUMBER OF �B� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TOTAL NUMBER OF �C� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TEAM CLASSIFICATION FOR TOURNAMENTS AND FESTIVALS:

IN YOUR VIEW, IS YOUR TEAM ON THE HIGH OR LOW END OF THIS LEVEL?

WHY?

WHAT OTHER TEAMS HAVE YOU PLAYED RECENTLY WHO YOU MATCH UP WELL AGAINST?

DETERMINING YOUR TEAM LEVEL (Second Team)

*** REGISTRATION FORM***

THIS FORM IS FOR COACHES� USE ONLY. PLEASE COMPLETE ONE (1) FORM FOR EACH TEAM REGISTERING FOR THE SHI TOURNAMENT

PROGRAM NAME:

TOTAL NUMBER OF �A� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TOTAL NUMBER OF �B� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TOTAL NUMBER OF �C� PLAYERS ON TEAM (based on LOP Guide):

TEAM CLASSIFICATION FOR SHI TOURNAMENT:

IN YOUR VIEW, IS YOUR TEAM ON THE HIGH, MIDDLE OR LOW END OF THIS LEVEL?

WHY?

WHAT OTHER TEAMS HAVE YOU PLAYED RECENTLY WHO YOU MATCH UP WELL AGAINST?

WHAT TELEPHONE NUMBER and E-MAIL ADDRESS CAN WE REACH YOU ON WITH QUESTIONS?