All tryouts are "CLOSED", meaning no parents are allowed in the stands or rink area while tryout sessions are in progress.
Players and parents must arrive early for the first tryout session to check-in. Tryout viewing is closed to non-WHA staff. The purpose of this policy is to allow the players, coaches and evaluators to conduct their work in a less stressful environment. Team rosters will be posted shortly after tryouts conclude on the WHA website.
Ice time is the coach’s most effective resource to motivate players, reward effort and teach discipline. The WHA provides our coaches with the full authority to coach their team in the best interest of the team. Some examples that may affect playing time:
Penalty-filled games may naturally disrupt regular shift and playing time for some players.
A coach has the full authority to manage playing time for teaching purposes related to mental mistakes or important character lessons.
Late in the period during a closely contested game, a coach may choose to play the hardest working and most productive players to change the game’s outcome.
In games with a big lead, a coach may choose to play players that lose ice time during closer games.
The coach should clearly define to his team what it takes to get “key moment ice time” and talk to individual players about what they can do to earn such opportunities.