AAA Zone Evaluation Notes, News (Markham Waxers)

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Apr 20, 2023 | S. Gaunce | 3384 views
AAA Zone Evaluation Notes

The time of year for evaluations (formerly tryouts) is coming quickly. There is a change this year in the geographic make-up of the Markham AAA Zone, as per the OMHA memorandum of February 3, 2023, titled AAA Zone Realignment Pilot.

Markham AAA Zone and Markham Waxers Minor Hockey follow the LOR Regulations for evaluations (formerly tryouts), offers of commitment, and for player releases. All player release decisions are made in consultation between head coach and Waxers executive.

The LOR regulations are set by the Ontario Hockey Federation. You can read them here.            

The change this year in the geographic make-up of the Markham AAA Zone is noted in the OMHA memorandum dated February 3, 2023, and titled AAA Zone Realignment Pilot. Here is an excerpt:

  • Richmond Hill Minor Hockey and players resident to King Township (Nobleking) will become feeders to Markham AAA Zone effective 2023-24.

  • This will be a three (3) year pilot which will be reviewed annually.

  • The feeder associations will be permitted to have one (1) representative each on the Markham AAA Zone board of directors.

  • Grandfathering of players pursuant to OMHA Policy 5.4 would apply.

The Markham Waxers welcome all new Zone members!

Tips/FAQs for the AAA  Zone Evaluations

U10 to U13

  • All Zone residents looking to play AAA are required to attend our evaluations. Roster decisions will be made during this period.

  • Players that reside in Richmond Hill and played for the Coyotes last season must attend the Markham Waxers evaluations if they wish to continue playing AAA. No paperwork is required.

  • Richmond Hill residents who played AA and A last season must get an OMHA AAA PTS from the Jaguars to attend the Waxer evaluations.

  • Nobleking residents who played A last year for King must get an OMHA AAA PTS from King MHA to attend Waxer evaluations.

  • Stouffville and Markham residents continue with the same processes from previous years.

  • Players that do not participate in the majority of evaluations are not eligible for releases.

  • No releases are provided before evaluations begin.

  • U10 to U13 players must obtain a release from their residential hockey Zone/Association before they can play for another AAA team in the LOR.

U14 to U16

  • Coyote players from last season can attend our evaluations and do not require any paperwork.

  • Richmond Hill Players who played AA/A in Richmond Hill last season and wish to attend AAA evaluations in Markham must get the OMHA AAA PTS from RH MHA and then present it at the evaluation.

  • Nobleking residents who played A last year for King and wish to attend our evaluations must get the OMHA AAA PTS from King MHA and then present it at the evaluations.

  • Stouffville and Markham residents continue with the same processes from previous years.

  • U14, U15, and U16 players are free to play for any Lake Ontario Region (LOR) team in the OMHA or GTHL provided they obtain an LOR Permission to Skate (PTS) form. U18 players require different forms when their evaluations take place in August.

  • Richmond Hill/King players looking to play AAA elsewhere in the LOR please, send the required OMHA AAA PTS made out to Markham AAA to Stephen Gaunce at [email protected] and then request an LOR PTS from the Waxer AAA Zone through the Waxers website.

Should there be anything unanswered or if you are looking for more specific information, please email [email protected]

Thank you.

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