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U12 A - Introductory Letter
Submitted By Sean McInnis on Monday, September 20, 2021
    AMHA U12 A 2021/2022 Team Tryouts   Sept 2021

Dear Parents,  Hello, my name is Sean McInnis and I am the head coach for the 2021/2022 U12 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 = Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 – ACC #1 (Ford) – 10:30am to 12:00pm


Tryout #2 = Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 – ACC #2 (Lincoln) – 7:45pm to 9:15pm


Tryout #3 = Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 – ACC #1 (Ford) – 6:30pm – 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.  Your number appears here after the AA coach releases your child.

3.     Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the tryout begins.

 4.     Due to COVID, your child will be lining up outside of the ACC #2 lobby, they MUST be wearing a mask and they MUST have their AMHA health form signed and ready to go ahead of time. This will speed up the sign-in process.


5.     ONLY ONE PARENT IS ALLOWED TO ATTEND – please do not bring siblings

6.     When you arrive at the lobby of the ACC, 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.  You must complete the Covid questionnaire before attending the tryout and bring the sheet to the check in at the AMHA table.  Sheets will be provided at the table if you are not able to print at home.  All Covid protocols are in place and MUST be followed.


7.     Full protective gear is mandatory, including neck and mouth guards  players without, or missing such equipment, will NOT be allowed on the ice.

8.     You MUST attend 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.


9.     There will be a team of independent evaluators, with no association to the U12 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.

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

11.  During and after the tryout, please do NOT approach the evaluators, as they have a job to do.

12.  Communication of my decisions after each tryout will occur via the website and NOT in person at the arena. Your child’s passport submission ID number is the code that identifies them on the website (look at the Minor Atom A website for the team and the tryout page). 

·       After the 1st tryout, results will be posted after 6pm the same day 

·       After the 2nd tryout, results will be posted after 7pm the next day

·       After the 3rd tryout, results will be posted after 10pm the SAME DAY


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




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

·       I will be looking for the following parent positions:

o   2 assistant coaches

o    1 practice coach – This will have a focus on goalies

o   Team Manager = LORI GEARY has accepted this role & is already working for all of us

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

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

o   Charitable lead

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 Thursday, Sept. 30th between 6:00pm and 7:15pm. More 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 – U12 A 

Email: [email protected]

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