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Minor Atom A - Tryout Information
Submitted By Sean McInnis on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
AMHA MINOR ATOM A 2019/2020 - Team Tryouts 

April 2019

Dear Parents,  

Hello, my name is Sean McInnis and I am the head coach for the 2019/2020 Minor Atom A hockey team. I would like to welcome everyone to the tryouts and thank you for taking the time to attend. I wish each and every skater the best of luck!



Tryout #1 = Sunday, April 28, 2019 – ACC #1 (Ford) – 9:30am to 11:00am


Tryout #2 = Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – ACC #2 (Lincoln) – 6:15pm to 7:45pm


Tryout #3 = Thursday, May 2, 2019 – ACC #2 (Lincoln) – 6:15pm – Game vs Newmarket



1.    You must pre-register your child on-line (AMHA Website) for the upcoming season & purchase a tryout passport. Please email me if you have any difficulty. ( [email protected])

2.    You will see your child’s passport number on the Minor Atom A – Tryout Player List page on the website if you are coming to the tryout. àYour number appears here after the AA coach releases your child.


3.    Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the tryout begins.

4.    When you arrive at the lobby of ACC #2 (Lincoln), please go to the AMHA table to sign-in and receive your child’s tryout jersey. THIS JERSEY MUST BE RETURNED AT THE END OF EACH TRYOUT! It does not go home.

5.    Full protective gear is mandatory, including neck and mouth guards players without, or missing such equipment, will NOTbe allowed on the ice.

6.    You mustattend the first tryout in order to be invited back to the second and third tryout. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend, please email me to discuss.


7.    There will be a team of independent evaluators, with no association to the Minor Atom age players, who will be assisting me with assessing and evaluating the players. I will be using the full panel of evaluators to make decisions about which players will make the team.

8.    The AMHA will also assign a team of independent evaluators.

9.    During and after the tryout, please do NOTapproach the evaluators, as they have a job to do.


10. Communication of my decisions after each tryout will occur via the website and NOTin person at the arena. Your son’s passport submission ID number is your code that identifies you on the website (look at the Minor Atom A website for the team and the tryout page). 

·       After the 1sttryout, results will be posted no later than 6pm of the same day. 

·       After the 2ndand the 3rdtryout, results will be posted AFTER4pm the followingday.


I am aware that some players (and/or their parents) may experience anxiety during this process. PLEASE kindly reinforce with your child that they perform at their best when feeling relaxed and confident. It is also important for parents to help manage their child’s expectations during this process. A roster position on this team should never be assumed. Let’s all make the tryout process an enjoyable one!





The following is a list of what I am looking for during the tryouts:




·Hockey sense

·Puck handling





·Team play


At the coaches meeting for the 2019-2020 season the AMHA and coaches had a lengthy discussion on the topic of “Bubble Calls”. For those of you new to Aurora Minor Hockey, in previous years, the coach of that specific team would contact the family of the player prior to the 3rd tryout who played on the team in the previous season, who is now fighting for a final spot on the current season’s team. Upon discussion, the AMHA has decided that there will be NO “Bubble Calls” to incumbents for the 2019-2020 season. The rationale for this decision is that the AMHA continues to expect us as coaches to select the best skaters and goaltenders to comprise our team. The AMHA will still have independent evaluators which provides consistent discretion on individual talents on each player that are compared to our evaluations. As always, we encourage that you share this information with your child and to make sure that she/he understands that they must always give 100%, at all tryouts, and all season!





·       There will be a financial commitment from each family. The estimated financial commitment will be approximately $2,000 to 2,500.

o  We will be looking for sponsorships and fundraising to help reduce the cost per family.

·       There will also be a time commitment required of each family. We will be on the ice 2 to 4 times per week with practices and games. It is expected that all players attend all practices and games.

·       We will be attending approx. 3 to 4 tournaments (at least one being an away tournament).


·       I will be looking for the following parent positions:

o   2 assistant coaches

o   1 practice coach

o  Team ManageràThis needs to be filled immediately

o  Team trainer (I would prefer more than 1 as a backup)

o  Treasurer àA financial background and knowledge of spreadsheets is preferred)

o  Other roles (fundraising, on-ice helpers during practices, etc.)


·      All decisions about player positions are at the discretion of the coach and will most likely change during the season based on the needs of the team.


·       If your child makes the team, they MUST attend the Tigerware fitting on Monday, May 6thbetween 6:00pm and 7:15pm. àMore info to follow


If you have a question for me, then please email me. If you have a concern, then please respect the OMHA protocol of waiting 24 hours to contact the coach. Please contact me via email after this time. If I receive an email before this time, I will respond when the 24 hour wait period has expired.



THANK YOU and I look forward to seeing you at the rink.


Sean McInnis 

Head Coach – MINOT ATOM A

Email:[email protected]

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