Sno-King typically offers C All-Star / State teams at the 10U age and higher; often referred to as "Development Teams". These teams are a great opportunity for those players that are interested in taking steps towards playing on a select team or just improving as a hockey player in general.
The program is an economical way to expose your player to a faster pace of practice and play that will help them become a better hockey player. They’ll also work on more advanced system type of play. A lot of the players from the All-Star teams have moved on to become rep or high-end recreational players in your association.
Players participating in the All-Star teams will be considered for additional practice time with our Tier 2 teams where they will be pushed to the next level of effort, speed and skill.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions about this program.
What is an All-Star or State team?
An all-star or State team is a team made up from the C / recreational teams players who are interested in getting additional ice time and working on more advanced skills and systems than can be worked on with their C teams.
What’s the difference between an All-Star team and a State team?
A State team has to meet certain requirements in terms of games played together to be eligible for PNAHA state championships. (Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association. www.PNAHA.com )
An All-Star team is formed the same way as a State team but isn’t eligible for PNAHA state championships. They will practice during the season and attend a number of tournaments with similar competition.
Why do we have All-Star teams?
Player development. It allows the more motivated house player to get more ice time with similarly minded players. In the past we’ve found that the players who make the leap to our rep teams have participated in our all-star teams. Some players have made the step from all-star to our Tier 1 teams.
How much does it cost to play on these teams?
It will depend on how many practices and games the team will have. The coaches and manager will determine what activities the team will undertake. The schedule and a budget will be set once the MHL schedule is finalized and opponents are found. The budget will consist of the expenses of ice costs, referee costs, and any tournament costs. Those costs will be divided among those participating on the team. Travel expenses such as transportation, hotels, and food will be extra.
What about conflict with recreational team practices and games?
C team practices and games take priority. The all-star teams are not allowed to conflict with them. There may be times where the all-star teams practice or play before a C game. That’s not optimal but we have kids that participate in other sports before coming to the rink also.
Who picks the players for the All-Star teams?
Each team will have a head coach and they’ll select the players. If necessary the Hockey Director or Goaltending Director will be consulted.
Who do these all-star teams play?
Most of the other PNAHA associations either have all-star teams or ‘B’ teams for most divisions.