Evaluations will be conducted at the East Side Soccer Centre. A copy of the guide will be given to each coach as well as a copy of the evaluation work sheets. During evaluations there will be one coach on the floor running the set drills in the evaluation guide with the help of junior players while the other coaches will be in the stands evaluating the players.
Scoring will be recorded on seven areas with a scoring system as follows:
1 = solid "A: level
2 = development "A" level
3 = solid "B" level
4 = Development "B" level
During this time we ask that all coaches evaluation one other division. This would mean a commitment of 1 hour prior and 1 hour after your scheduled evaluation time so we can have more eyes on the kids for proper evaluations. There will be a schedule set up by each division director and the commitment will be 1 extra hour per evaluation (for example, your division has evaluations on Tuesday and Thursday. You will be asked to be there an hour early on Tuesday and stay an hour late on Thursday). Coaches will be rotated so we have an even number at each evaluation.
NO PARENT COACH WILL BE ALLOWED TO EVALUATE THEIR OWN CHILD
After the evaluations are complete, teams will be selected based on the combined average scores.
After the teams have been defined by level, each division director will work in conjunction with the coaching director and the coaching committee to select the coaches for each team taking into account having the parent coach their own child. Head coaches will be selected based on experience as well as other criteria. Once the decision is made, it is final.
GOVERNING PRINCIPLE: BALANCES TEAMS
In situations where there are parity teams, the Club‘s policy on Balanced Teams will come into effect.
The Policy in Practice
This policy is intended to guide team selection in the Tyke and Novice Divisions in addition to any tiered divisions that have 2 or more teams at the same level. In example, 2 Bantam "B" teams or 2 PeeWee "B" teams.
Balanced parity teams is the goal for the beginning of each season; there are a number of factors that influence team development over the course of a season - coaching, team bonding, injuries, parent and player commitment, and dry land activities - not all teams progress through the season at the same rate.
The North Edmonton Wizards Executive through Coaching, Evaluation, and Category Directors will rigorously pursue equal balance of skill, talent, and potential. Evaluation Committees can be formed for each division as required. Committees can be comprised of Evaluators, Category Directors, the Coaching Director and the coaching committee, as well as interested junior players. The purpose for striking a committee would be to arbitrate any contentious situations in which forming parity teams is a particular challenge. Category Directors in conjunction with the coaching director and coaching committee are responsible for identifying members of the committee.
Player requests will only be entertained in the case of players new to lacrosse that want to play with the friend that brought them to the club or with siblings wishing to play with siblings. The Category Director may consider requests based on hardship (carpooling for example) but this is discouraged as that too can be manipulated.
Parity Evaluation and Drafting Teams
Division coaches will have access to the North Edmonton Wizards Evaluation Guide practice plans. There will be a minimum of two formal player evaluations.
These coaches and 2-6 assistant evaluators (which may include Evaluators, Category Directors, interested junior players and coaches) will conduct the evaluation and document player ratings using an evaluation form provided by the Coaching Director.
Following the evaluation, players are ranked using the evaluation form, and coaches divide players into what they believe are equal teams (team "1", team "2", team "3", etc.) based on the pre-season player evaluation ratings.
Coaches will flip a coin to determine who will pick first in the player draft.
- The coach who wins the first pick has the choice of the top runner or the top goalie.
- The second pick takes 2 players (this may include a goalie), the third takes 2 and so on until the teams are established.
- Late registering players who are accepted/allowed to play, or players who otherwise miss the evaluations will be allocated to the different teams based on the picking order established during the draft.
The teams will be required to play an internal "parity check" scrimmage before the beginning of the regular season. The object of this scrimmage is to verify that the teams are closely matched at the beginning of the season. This game should be observed by members of the established Evaluation Committee and used to help inform player trades. The Evaluation Committee will use game observations and post game input from each Head Coach.
Players will be swapped if required in the interest of balancing teams and a second game will be played. This will be the extent of player trading.
*At no time will opinions outside the Evaluation Committee be considered in the team balancing process - this includes parents, players and members of the Executive Board for the North Edmonton Wizards Lacrosse Club.