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Player Evaluation Process--Condensed Version
by CYH Board of Directors posted 03/22/2019

Crusaders Youth Hockey holds evaluations each year for players entering U8 and above. These evaluations are conducted in order to create the teams for the next hockey season. The number of teams for each level may vary from year to year depending on the number of registered players. Players are placed on teams based on three main factors:

  • live evaluation scores
  • coaches' rating of the player over the whole season
  • intangibles (coachability, attitude, etc.).

For the full description, click on https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=43308&org=WWQW.GJHA.NET, which is on the CYH website under Program Information.


Players will obviously have a range of strengths and weaknesses; their scores will help to create teams of players that will complement each other’s skills. Many players are often in the same range of evaluation scores.  If skill level is greater, that is the determining factor in placement.  When the 3 evaluation items are equal, 2nd-year players may have preference.  


There is also value in keeping teammates together to encourage the comradery and teamwork that has been formed in past years. Youth sports are so much more than just growing hockey skills. It teaches kids how to work together, rely on others, be part of a group effort, experience winning and losing, and develop as a person and an athlete.


The initial rosters are released prior to the start of the season and changes may be made due to new registrations, players withdrawing, or if a player has been placed above or below their skill set. All members who take part in the evaluation and team forming process are volunteers and strive to give each player the very best opportunity within the Crusaders Youth Hockey organization.  


For any further evaluation/placement matters, contact Dan McNabb E: , Gino Polcaro E: .  Lee Holbrook E: is available as the Player Rep also.



CYH Board of Directors

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A or B? It depends on C(oaching)!
by posted 10/06/2018

ADM Regional Manager Roger Grillo

Mass Hockey put out a great article explaining player placement.  We thought we should share it with the membership, as we believe in this philosophy..  Please read the following or click on this link to view online...


When it comes to the alphabet and hockey, for some, the letter A and the letter B might just a well sit 200 feet apart. But what’s in a letter? When comes to labels, Roger Grillo, who as regional manager of the American Development Model for Massachusetts and New England, has traveled to countless rinks and coached countless players, doesn’t see any make-or-break moments coming out of either. 

And that’s a good thing. Particularly at the younger ages, As and Bs, and the parents of As and Bs, shouldn’t focus more on the letter at the top of the roster sheet than on the experience of the player. 

“I know every young player wants to make the team they want to make, that’s just normal,” Grillo concedes. “But the danger doesn’t come from the stigma of not making the team. The danger is what could happen for those kids who aren’t on the same team. Are they getting the same environment? Are they getting the same practice time?”

For youth hockey players, As and Bs shouldn’t be confused for grades and they shouldn’t be separated by philosophy. In fact, says Grillo, there are many times they shouldn’t be separated at all.

“More often than not, those kids should be practicing together,” he says. “The analogy would be that if I’m not quite as good a math student in high school, I don’t get to go to school as long as a really smart kid. That doesn’t make any sense. You have to be cognizant of where players are in their development, but, as far as the amount of time, the instruction, the experience, the number of touches and repetition, it should not be any different based on a kid’s ability. At a young age, you have to give every kid the opportunity to reach his or her goals, dreams and aspirations.”

One way to do that is to look at hockey through the players’ sets of eyes and taking a look at those goals, dreams and aspirations, then thinking about how an individual player can get there. 

“I think there’s too much emphasis put on what the team does and not enough emphasis on what the individuals on the team are doing,” says Grillo, who spent 12 years as the head coach at Brown University prior to working for USA Hockey. “It doesn’t matter how good the team is. As a player, it doesn’t mean anything to my own future success. It’s more about, ‘Was somebody cognizant of age-appropriate training and my passion and allowing me to reach my goals?’”

Still, there are disappointments. No matter how young a player is, almost as wired into their ability to count is their ability to recognize how rosters can be constructed. There’s no shame in those disappointments, just as there’s no shame in not making a certain team. At the end of the day, there are only so many spots.

“You want the player playing in an environment that is relative to their ability,” Grillo says. “I think there are initial disappointments, and that’s normal, but, long-term, I don’t think it’s an issue as long as the association those kids are in offers the same experience regardless of the letters next to the team name.”

Parents and families can help with this process, too.

“Make sure they are having fun, handle that with class,” says Grillo of the role adults play in a youth player’s learning to navigate perceived failures.

“It’s OK to fail,” Grillo says. “There’s nothing wrong with failure. In fact, it’s necessary for development. If you don’t make that team you wanted to, that’s OK. There’s a reason for that. The reason might be that you’re not ready to go into the deep end yet. And there are things to be working on. You’ll still have fun and it’s going to be OK – maybe something a little different than what you had planned, but that is also OK.”

In the right programs, the B team is just as much an opportunity as the A team or the C team. That evenness of the experience and egalitarian approach also serves to remind both players and their families that there will be no suffering from negative consequences once they arrive at the rink. Their ceilings, especially at the younger ages, don’t have to be affected in the least.

To be on the bottom half of an A team, you might be better off in the top half of a B team and feel good about what you’re doing,” Grillo says. “The biggest misconception, and I’m talking about 12 and under, is that if my kid plays with the best and against the best, that will allow him or her to be the best. It has nothing to do with that. At the younger ages, it’s about having fun and working in the windows of trainability and what they need at a young age. That’s it.”

By Jamie MacDonald10/04/18, 1:45PM EDT
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Tuition Payment Instructions
by posted 08/30/2014

We have enabled ONLINE payments for tuitions, the most convenient way for you to pay directly to your account using a credit card. 

You can follow these simple instructions to do so:  Sign in to your account on the CYH homepage-- www.crusadersyouthhockey.org.  Once signed in, click on "MY ACCOUNT" tab at the top of the page.   This will bring you to a page with all registered family members listed.  Scroll down to the bottom, click on the green tab in the right-hand corner labeled "PAY NOW", which will bring you to a new page.  From there, fill in the required fields, submit, and success!


If you are paying by check, please mail your tuition payments to Crusaders Youth Hockey, attn: Treasurer.  The mailing address is:

     PO BOX 942
     Groton, MA  01450

If you have any questions regarding tuition and payments, please contact our Treasurer, Michele Allan at .

Thank you.  
CYH Board of Directors



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