Southwest KC Minor Hockey Association recognizes the importance of fair and impartial player assessment of hockey skills during evaluations. The process provided by Hockey Alberta enables players to demonstrate their skills and abilities to ensure players have a reasonable opportunity of being placed on a team appropriate for their skill level. The evaluation process ensures balanced teams are formed to maintain balance and competitive play for players to develop and participate impartially and have fun playing hockey. 

Evaluations will occur for the following divisions:

  • Novice
  • Atom
  • Peewee 



All players will participate in on-ice drills to evaluate their abilities on skating, puck control, stick handling, and shooting as well as, a timed skating drill to evaluate players speed. Players are then grouped into pools on initial results through a rating system and will play scrimmages to evaluate players performance in a game environment. During scrimmages, players may be asked to move from pools based on their performance during game scenarios. Continued movement of players could occur until final teams are determined at the end of the evaluation process. 

Any parent concerned about the placement of their player may initiate an appeal. The appeal must be in writing and forwarded to the Vice President of Hockey Operations before November 1 of each hockey season. 

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