Travel Program - FAQ's

Q: When are the tryouts and where do I register?

A: April 28-29. Register online until 9pm on 4/27 and in person thereafter.

Q: What is the cost to tryout?

A: $110 for all players. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee for trying out. It is not applied to your player's tuition if selected. This fee covers both days, plus supplemental tryout sessions (if necessary) and four skates in the month of April for those offered spots on a team.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions beforehand? 

A: for co-ed travel questions and for girls travel questions.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions onsite?

A: We will have an Advisory Board member at the sign-in area during all tryouts to answer questions. If they do not know the answer to a question they will take your information and follow-up as soon as possible. 

Q: How can I find general information for my players age level? 

A: Visit the travel program page for more information.

Q: What is the cost if my player makes the team? 

A: Costs vary by age level. Please review the information provided under Parent Resources.

Q: What if we are not available for one or more days of tryouts? 

A: Contact for co-ed travel scheduling and for girls travel scheduling. All players must tryout, however we reserve the right to leave spots open and hold a supplemental tryout at a later date. These will be open to the public and posted on our website. If you are unable to make the second day of tryouts, please remind the person at check-in on Saturday.

Q: Can you tell me more about the evaluation process?

A:  Each evaluation will be attended by a panel of reviewers. Members on this panel include the hockey director, head coach, and other independent evaluators with esteemed hockey knowledge. Each evaluator completes a form for each player consisting of numbered scores and notes. These score sheets are compiled to ensure consistency and combine scores into a cumulative average per player. 


From these scores, all players are ranked. Once the final skate is finished the selection panel reviews the rankings and deliberates on the team. The hockey director and head coach have the most heavily weighted vote. The hockey director is the only person with veto power and full accountability. All questions regarding player selection should be directed to Russell Smith, Tri-City Eagles Hockey Director. You will find a conference request form on our resources page should you wish to obtain more information after tryouts are complete.

Q: What are the evaluators looking for?

A: The best hockey players. There is no special formula. Our goal is to find the best hockey players, who have a love for the game and are willing to learn. Evaluators prefer hard working hockey players who pay attention and follow instruction.

Q: When can I meet the coach?

A: Our coaches are asked to participate in several evaluations throughout the weekend and will be very busy and focused. We ask that you do not attempt to meet with them individually. There will be team meetings within the few weeks after selections are made and rosters are finalized. During these meetings you will have the opportunity to meet the coaches. 

Q: Who makes the final selection?

A: Tri-City Eagles Hockey Director, Russell Smith. He will use the evaluation results from our panel and consult with each team’s coaching staff.

Q: When are selections posted?

A: All teams with the possible exception of the 16U Midgets will be selected by 5pm on Monday, May 1st, with jersey color/number posted to our website. You should expect an email when the teams are posted. (If the 16U Midgets require an additional tryout, it will be communicated on Sunday and held the following week.)

Q: What is the Tri-City attendance policy?

A: Please see the detailed policy on our rules page.

Q: How is team placement decided?

A:  Teams are placed in the CBHL with input from the coaching staff. Ultimately, the hockey director makes the final decision on level of play based upon his evaluation of where the team will be best suited to continue their skill development. This will occur on or before the CBHL declaration deadline in June.  Our team pages for each level indicates the CBHL designations we anticipate. These are not guaranteed. Teams participating in the CCHL are not required to declare a level of play.