Northstar (quadrant or AA/AAA) hockey tryouts are held just before or during our evaluations. You must also register with McKnight if you are trying out for the Northstars. Please note; players trying out for the Northstars may attend our Pathway Skates (conditioning skates) but MAY NOT attend any evaluated ice times until they have been offically released and you have emailed our registrar.
All registered players will be notified by email regarding their first skate time and place. Subsequent notifications will be sent by email, so please check regularly. It is the parent/player's responsibility to refer to these emails for all updates. If you do not have email access, please notify your Division Evaluation Coordinator at the first skate to make alternate arrangements for notification.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming evaluations please be sure reach our to your Evaluation Coordinator. Parents and players are not to communicate with the evaluators during evaluations. All questions are to be directed to your Division Evaluation Coordinators and your Division Coordinator 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/Division Coordinator. Parents and players are expected to communicate any questions during evaluations to the Division Evaluation Coordinators/Division Coordinator 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 absences from the evaluation process will be addressed on a case by case basis with the following criteria:
- Pre-evaluation injury
- Injury occurring during the evaluation process
- Pre-existing injury or condition
- Illness, required isolation, or family emergency
All cases must be brought to the attention of your Division Evaluation Coordinators before the next ice time to be considered for an exception to the evaluation process. If your child is unable to attend any of the scheduled evaluation skate times due to illness, required isolation, 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 Coordinators (no show), a "zero" will be recorded for their score for that session.
The Division Evaluation Coordinators 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 coaches’ evaluations and feedback
- Placement of peers from the 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, Division Coordinators, 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
McKnight Hockey Association
Our Mission is to provide our players with an affordable, fair and competitive hockey experience that focuses on the development of individual and team hockey skills, the practice of good sportsmanship and fair play and the opportunity to be challenged while having fun. At McKnight Hockey, our goal is to involve your child in a program that fosters teamwork, skill development and enjoyment of the game.