Conditioning and Evaluation skates will begin in early September for Novice, Atom, Peewee, and Bantam. Midget and Junior C generally begin around the middle of September. Timbits do not have formal evaluations, please refer to the Timbits website for more information.
All registered and paid players will be notified by email regarding your first skate time and place. Subsequent notifications will be by email from your Division Evaluation Coordinators, and will also be on the McKnight Division website pages. The Division website pages are located under Divisions in the top menu of the McKnight website. It is the parent/players responsibility to refer to these pages for all updates. If you do not have internet access, please notify your Division Evaluation Coordinator at the first skate to make additional arrangements for notification.
Parent information sessions will be posted on your division website. If you have any questions regarding evaluations please be sure to attend these information sessions. Parents and players are not to communicate with the off-ice evaluators during this process. All questions are to be directed to your Division Evaluation Coordinators only.
Parents and players are expected to become familiar with the McKnight Evaluation process through the material available on our website, and by contacting your Division Evaluation Coordinators. Parents and players are expected to communicate any questions during evaluations to the Division Evaluation Coordinators only. Parents and players are not to communicate with evaluators regarding the process, results, or any other evaluation concerns. The Division Evaluation Coordinators will bring any circumstances requiring special consideration to the Head Evaluation Coordinator's attention.
Any player exceptions from the evaluation process will be addressed on a case by case basis with the following criteria:
- Pre-season injury
- Injury occurring during the evaluation process
- Pre-existing injury or condition
- Illness or family emergency
All cases must be brought to the attention of your Division Evaluation Coordinator before the next ice time to be considered for exception to the evaluation process. If your child is unable to attend any of the scheduled Evaluation skate times due to illness or injury, it is imperative that you contact your Division Evaluation Coordinators and let them know. A doctor's note may be required. If your child is unable to attend for any other reason, or you do not notify your Division Evaluation Coordinator (no show), a "zero" will be recorded for their score for that session.
The Division Evaluation Coordinator will then bring the issue forward to the Head Evaluation Coordinator for resolution. A reasonable and fair course of action will be undertaken to place the player considering, but not limited to, the following factors:
- Previous years' coaches evaluations and feedback
- Placement of peers from previous season
- Any information gathered from the current year evaluation process
All decisions made in these cases, and ratified by the McKnight Board of Directors, are considered final.
Evaluations can be a hectic and stressful time for players, parents and volunteers. Please remember that all members involved in evaluations are volunteers. On-Ice Coaches, On-the-bench helpers, Off-Ice Evaluators, Evaluation Coordinators and Division Coordinators, Data Entry helpers, Check-in Volunteers and the Board of Directors dedicate large amounts of time and energy to provide the most effective process possible. All efforts are made to consider players and parents during evaluations through preparation, communication and an open process. Please be considerate of the volunteers' time and efforts made during evaluations.
Please review our Evaluation FAQ's - Player Evaluations - Parent Information
Hockey Calgary passed a decision to invoke the ½ ice for Novice a year prior (2018 - 2019 season) to the Hockey Canada mandate of full implementation in the 2019 - 2020 season. Minor changes to the Novice evaluations will be made in order to accommodate this change.
Hockey Alberta, acting on a decision made by its Board of Directors, eliminated body checking from the Peewee division beginning in the 2013-2014 hockey season, therefore checking will no longer be evaluated at the PeeWee division.
Hockey Calgary passed a decision to eliminate body checking from Bantam Division 4 and down beginning in the 2015-2016 hockey season. Minor changes to the Bantam evaluations will be made in order to accommodate this new rule.
Hockey Calgary passed a decision to eliminate body checking form Midget Division 4 and down beginning in the 2017 - 2018 hockey season. Minor changes to the Midget evaluations will be made in order to accommodate this new rule.