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Evaluation Information

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season with SPMHA!

Requirement for each ice session

ALL participants including parents, players, goalies, coaches, and officials must review the Covid-19 Alberta Daily Health Checklist prior to any ice session.

If they answer YES to any of these questions, they are not permitted in the facility or to attend the ice session and SPMHA is directing you to AHS’ online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool ( for assessment, and potentially, for legally required next steps. If answering YES to any COVID Daily Checklist question, the parent of an SPMHA player is required to let their player’s Division Director know, both when the parent answers YES to the question & again when the parent feels they have followed AHS’ expectations for their child no longer needing to self-isolate.

While SPMHA does not provide healthcare advice, AHS stipulates that if you answer YES to any COVID Daily Checklist question and are not severely ill  “You are recommended to be tested for COVID-19. You are legally required to self-isolate. If you DO NOT get tested – you must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND until symptoms have resolved (whichever is latest). Individuals who are tested, MUST isolate pending their results and should visit for further information regarding the next steps they must take following their test results.” (

If your child misses any or all of the evaluations due to COVID requirements, they will be evaluated based on a combination of prior years' evaluation data and speaking to former coaches.  They will then be placed in one of two Cohorts, where further decisions may need to be made.  Since we are making Development Teams initially, player movement is more fluid than what would have occurred in the past. 


What To Expect

Please Note: 

  1. Your first evaluation skate will be at the Glenn Hall Arena. 
  2. Wearing a mask is mandatory inside the building. 
  3. Refrain from cheering or yelling to reduce droplets. 
  4. You are responsible to abide by the Glenn Hall guidelines which can be found HERE.
  5. Bring your own filled water bottle (Fountains are unavailable).

Arrive no more than 15 minutes before your ice slot. An area will be designated in each hallway to put on skates - designated as EAST and WEST.  Please proceed directly to the skate tying area upon arrival. 

Exit the facility within 15 minutes after your ice time to allow time for staff to prepare the facility for the next group.  Room 4 will be used for goalies. U18’s will use an assigned dressing room(as per Glenn Hall COVID Guidelines set by the Town of Stony Plain).

You must follow all posted facility guidelines and public health orders.  At this time, only one parent guardian can attend per participant. It is preferred that no additional spectators, including children, are brought to the facility. If children must come out of necessity, they must remain seated with the parent/guardian. Please proceed directly to the spectator seating area upon arrival, unless tying skates for a participant.

Every athlete will receive a reversible evaluation jersey at their first skate.  That jersey is theirs to keep as they will be required for intra-squad games throughout the Development Season.  Once your Development Team is formed, your Development Team will reimburse SPMHA for the jersey either through seed money or through fundraising.  If we begin to play games against other associations, you will need to purchase a garment bag for your SPMHA jersey.  There will no longer be a jersey parent responsible for handling every player’s jersey.  We will seek a bulk purchase to bring down the costs of garment bags and sell them to you at cost. 

Evaluation timeline

  • Pre-evaluation skill sessions begin:         Sept 14
  • Evaluation skill sessions begin:                  Sept 20                             
  • Cohorts formed for all divisions  
  • Evaluation scrimmages begin:                   Sept 24
  • Development Teams picked                       Sept 30 – Oct 15              *younger division teams picked earlier, older division teams picked later

Division Directors will be reaching out to indicate which group your child is skating in and will continue to update as new information becomes available. 

You can visit TEAM tabs for specific information from Directors regarding your division and evaluations.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, processes may change based on recommendations by the Government of Alberta, AHS, Hockey Alberta, and the hosting facilities.  Please check this page regularly to ensure you have the most up to date information.

Evaluation Breakdown

Evaluations for Development Season will begin with 2 skill session skates.  The 1st skate will not be evaluated.  It will provide an opportunity for players and on-ice coaches to practice the drills.  The 2nd skate will be evaluated and will occur a week later.  The purpose of skill evaluations is to place each player in a Cohort group. 

All participants (including coaches) must be 2 metres apart from each other at all times.  After the two skill session skates, a player will be placed in a Cohort.  There will be 2-3 Cohorts in every division.  A Cohort consists of a maximum of 50 people (which includes coaches and support staff) that participate in drills and intra-squad play where Physical Distancing cannot be maintained.  Once inside their Cohort, they will participate in 2 evaluation scrimmages.  After the 2nd scrimmage, they will be placed on a Development team. For most players, their Development Team will be inside the same Cohort they are already in.  For others, they will move to another Cohort, and if that is required they will need 14 days before they join the new Cohort.   Ultimately, the objective of Development Season evaluations is to place each player where their development will fit best.

We are using volunteers for evaluations.  Our volunteers will be using established criteria recommended by Hockey Alberta.

This page and schedule have been updated as of September 24, 2020, at 16:41.