NYHL Draft Procedures
Background: Historically, player assignment within the house league had adhered to loosely followed guidelines. The reasons behind this are numerous (parental requests, coaching preferences, carpooling etc). As a result, there have been situations where teams were less competitive than the other teams within their division and the overall enjoyment of the players has been impacted. As such, it has become necessary to create a standardized set of evaluation/draft procedures in order to maximize the level of enjoyment of all players and NYHL members.
Objective: The objective of establishing a house league draft procedure is to provide a means of assigning players so all teams within the division are as close to an equal level of talent and competitiveness as possible.
Proposed Draft Procedures:
Evaluations will be held at the beginning of the season for all age divisions. The purpose of evaluations is to grade each skater’s ability for the subsequent draft. Because of the wide array of experience within the coaching ranks, evaluations will adhere to a standardized drill plan. Evaluation plans will be developed and approved by the House League Coordinator and Hockey Director, and will be provided to all coaches before evaluations. Additionally, the House League Coordinator and Hockey Director will hold a meeting with all house league coaches prior to the tryouts where tryout structure, content, process, and goals will be reviewed. Division coordinators shall be responsible for ensuring that tryout plans are adhered to at all scheduled tryout sessions and that any problems concerning the tryout process are brought to the attention of the House League Coordinator and Hockey Director immediately. All house league coaches are expected to support the tryout process to the best of their ability.
In order to maximize the effectiveness if the draft, players are encouraged to attend all scheduled tryout sessions. During the evaluation, players will be graded on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the least skilled, 5 being the most skilled) in each of the following criteria:
· Forward Skating
· Backward Skating
· Stick Handling
· Game Play
Coaches must make every effort to record a score for each player for each tryout as it is important to conduct an accurate assessment of skills as possible. While evaluating, coaches will use the standard evaluation form provided by the NYHL. Division Head Coaches will collect all completed evaluation sheets at the conclusion of each tryout and submit to either the House League Coordinator or Hockey Director. Completed evaluation sheets shall be used to formulate an overall evaluation score for each skater. The skater’s final evaluation score will be an average of his or hers individual scores. If a player is unable to attend the evaluation periods and his/her rating can be determined from last year, this rating will be used for the draft. Players that do not attend all scheduled evaluation sessions shall be evaluated on the sessions they do attend.
B. Carpooling/Sibling Requests
Attempts will be made to place members of the same family, who are playing or coaching within the same division, on the same team in order to ease the travel burden on families. However, because of the many variables involved in providing team balance and equality, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests for players to be on the same team for carpool purposes or for other reasons. More information concerning these requests can be found in Section F – Trades.
C. Protected Players
Head coaches will be able to protect up to three skaters. Protected players will not be available for drafting. Head coaches must make known their proposed protected players to the House League Coordinator and Hockey Director, in writing, at least 1 week in advance of the draft. Email is the preferred method of communicating protected player intentions. At the first tryout, all protected players will be made known to all coaches. Although these players are not open for draft, it is still important to accurately grade these players as they will count as the first pick in the respective class they are scored to and will factor into the overall team rating. For example, if a coach protects a player that is graded a five, that coach will forego a first round selection during the drafting of the rated 5 players as a selection has already been made.
The purpose of protecting players is not to allow a team an unfair competitive advantage. Rather, protecting a player provides a coach the ability to secure roster sports for their son or daughter or the son or daughter of one of their assistants. Coaches are not obligated to protect any player if they do not wish to do so.
The draft will be conducted at the conclusion of the final evaluation session. The Division Coordinator and Hockey Director will review the final rankings of all players with the coaches for final approval. Once rankings are finalized, coaches will first select goalies then skaters. Players will be drafted starting with the highest level (a rating of five) proceeding to the lowest level (a rating of one) until all players are drafted. The draft process will be as follows:
· Players’ names will be written on the white board, grouped according to skill level.
· Coaches will select players according to the draft rotation.
· Goalies shall be selected first giving coaches the ability to build a team around their goalie.
· Coaches must select players from the highest skill on the board, with the following exception:
o Coaches will be allowed to select a player from the next lower skill level when there are six or less players in the highest available skill set.
The order of the draft will be as follows:
Round 1: Team One, Team Two, Team Three, Team Four
Round 2: Team Four, Team Three, Team Two, Team One
This rotation will continue until all skaters have been drafted. Determination of Team One, Team Two, Team Three, and Team Four shall be determined by drawing from a hat.
The primary goal of the draft is establish a sense of competitiveness and fairness within each of the leagues by minimizing the range of total rating points between teams. That being said, there are often requests by parents concerning the placement of a player. Providing the ability to trade will provide an avenue for both coaches and the league to accommodate special requests.
Trades will not be considered until after all players have been drafted and each team’s total rating points are calculated. Trading players will adhere to the following guidelines:
· The window for trades is immediately after the draft is completed.
· Trades can only occur between players of the same skill rating.
· Total rating points for a team cannot change as a result of a trade.
· Trades must be agreed to by both coaches involved.
F. Additions After the Tryout/Draft
Additions to the team after the draft will be processed by the House League Coordinator, Hockey Director, and Division Head Coach. Players joining the NYHL will undergo an evaluation to determine his or her level of play. Special arrangements may need to be made to evaluate the player’s skating ability for proper assignment to teams. After being evaluated, the joining player will be assigned to a team based on the team’s current number of players, current team standings, and the team’s total rating points. All teams will accept additions until the 15 skater, 2 goalie limit is reached.
G. Draft Certification
At the conclusion of the draft and trade period, each team will be reviewed by the Hockey Director and Division Head Coach. Upon agreement of these individuals, the draft will be certified and rosters will become final. With the draft certified, rosters can be submitted to the registrar and coaches can inform players of their placement.