By Doug Becht
All Tier 1, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity Illinois players within the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2013 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development/ Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, IL the weekend of March 22nd – 24th.
The process started in mid-January with an online ranking of each of the age appropriate players. AHAI has developed a web tool that lists every player in these birth years that are registered in Illinois. ALL the IL Head Coaches, from each of the above divisions, are assigned a username and password to go online to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this past season. (Due date for these rankings was early February) Coaches were to rank the “best” player’s in the State, NOT JUST THEIR OWN PLAYERS, within a particular birth year, by position, starting with number 1 as the best and so on down the line.
After these online rankings are compiled by the web tool software (in a weighted average verses the number of votes a player receives) the AHAI Player Development Committee conducts a Web Tool Ranking Evaluation Meeting. This meeting was held in February and was broken into four different groups of coaches, for the four eligible birth years. This meeting, which consists of the Player Development Committee, along with select Head Coaches from Tier I, Tier II, Prep, and High School Varsity meets to review the web tool rankings. All nominated players are reviewed, in each birth year, in the order they were ranked, in an unbiased manner, regardless of what club/association the different Head Coaches are affiliated with. This process determines the final selection of players who are to receive an invitation to the AHAI Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp. The invitation goes out to 36 forwards, 24 defensemen and 8 goalies within each of the eligible birth years.
Categories: Player Development