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2018-19 Half-Season Midget Tryouts

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The Walpole Express is dedicated to developing players of all skill levels from Mites to Juniors through a safe and fun environment. The Express Model is based upon three integral components; access to practice ice, professional coaching, and competitive games. Each Express Midget Team receives two practices, one skills session, and at least 1 weekly game in order to provide the optimal balance of learning and playing opportunities. The Express Model will allow players to acquire and assimilate the skills needed to focus on the long-term development of each athlete according to USA Hockey’s Development Model.
  • One of 19 USA Hockey Model Programs in the country and the only one in New England
  • Mass Hockey 2013-14 Program of the Year
  • Weekly Professional Skills Sessions by RB Hockey
  • Paid Full Time General Manager
  • Paid Professional Coaches
  • Paid Professional Goalie Director Ed Kesell featuring 1 skills session per week
  • Teams receive an average of 2 practices and 1-2 games per week
  • Set Schedules
  • Mandatory Pre-Season Conditioning Clinic ($250)

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUT FULL-SEASON MIDGET PROGRAM


 

Common Questions

Where do tryouts take place?
Tryouts take place at our home rink, Rodman Arena, in Walpole, MA. For directions to Rodman Arena, Click Here.

Where do the teams play?
Our U15, U16, and U18 teams have been accepted to participate in the E9/BHL, one of the top leagues in New England. We will also continue to host teams within the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHL). We are allowed to place multiple teams at each level and therefore will field as many competitive teams as possible.

What if my player's not ready to move up a division?
All players will be evaluated and placed at the proper level for their development.

What if my player is stronger than many players at their current age group?
All players must tryout at their proper age group and will be moved according to level of play during and after tryouts.

My player skates for their high school team. What programs are available to them?
We will be offering both split season travel and full season options for High School aged players. Travel teams will be split season teams that play within the E9/BHL/PHL. We will have U15, U16, and U18 teams. Details on our full season midget teams can be found here.

My player is a freshman in high school, what are the options?
If the player is looking for a full season option then they are to attend the 04 tryouts to be placed on one of our 04 teams. All of our U14 teams will be full season. If you are looking for a half season option you are to attend the U16 tryouts.

What if my player cannot make all 3 tryouts?
Although we cannot change your assigned group a player may miss 1 tryout and will still receive the same amount of scores and evaluation. We will never cut a player based on missing 1 tryout. If we must, we will schedule a 3rd tryout.

What dates are the mandatory Conditioning Clinics offered?
The Conditioning Clinic will be August 27th-30th. You can attend the 9am-12pm session or the 12pm-3pm session.

Who are the Express Coaches?
All Express coaches are paid professional coaches who are trained accordingly. Each coach completes training with owner Rob Barletta, Director Todd Stirling, and Skills Coach Jon Lounsbury prior to coaching with the Express. There are also guidelines that each coach must follow through out the season to fully develop each player on their team. Coaches are monitored through out the season on a weekly basis. To see coach bios, click here.

Who runs the weekly skill sessions?
Rob Barletta's hockey school will be running the skill sessions for all Express players. Each week our coaches will work to sharpen the individual's talents and skills. All drills are done at full speed with the coaches pushing each player to their full potential. Areas to be covered are forward and backward skating, shooting, pivoting, crossovers, stops, starts and fundamentals. You can check out RB Hockey’s website at www.rbhockey.com.

Do goalies receive specialized training?
Yes. Goalies are a unique position in the game that require special training. Express goalies get a weekly skill session with our goaltending coach, Ed Kesell. Coach Kesell with be attending a weekly practice for all teams. You can check out the website at www.ngdgoalies.com.

 

 

The Tryout Process

Tryouts for any sport can be stressful for both parents and players. After all, you child is being judged and rated, right? Wrong. That's not the purpose of our tryouts. The purpose of our tryouts is to find the right team for your child so they can have the best possible hockey experience. We do not measure the success of our season based on wins and losses; but by how happy our players are, how much they have developed as athletes and hockey players and whether they want to come back and play for us next year.

So please relax and have fun, and encourage your child to do the same.

Format and Schedule
Each player will attend 3 tryouts. Players are divided into two groups and we play a full-ice scrimmage. We will email you with your players group assignment a week prior. You can see the dates and times below.

Goalies will attend their age group tryouts but will also have a separate, goalie-only tryout with our goalie coaches.

Following tryouts, we will contact you by email and offer you a position on one of our teams. We ask that you register your child online and pay the deposit (or let us know you will not be taking the spot) within 24 hours of being notified.

How many teams?
Every year at tryouts parents ask: how many teams will you have at each level? The answer is: as many as we need. Because our owner also owns the rink, we have tremendous flexibility with our ice schedule. This is a benefit many organizations do not enjoy, and so they are limited to a fixed number of teams. Depending on how many players attend tryouts, we could have as few as one or as many as four teams per age level.

Are tryouts the only thing considered in team selection?
For returning Walpole Express players, we absolutely include the advice of your coaches in making decisions on where to place your child. Your coaches have seen your players all year long. They have a much better idea of your player's skill level than someone who only sees them in two tryouts. For new players who have not played on Walpole Express teams in the past, clearly tryouts is all we have to go on. But for returning players, your coaches will have significant input into the process.

Some teams will bring in independent evaluators to pick teams based soley on tryout metrics. We don't agree with this philosophy. To find the right place for each player, we need to understand that player as best we can, and consider all inputs. Certainly your coach's input is valuable in that process.

Final Notes
At the Walpole Express, every player on every team is equally important. We do not favor our "A" teams over our other teams. We do not favor full-time players over alternates or practice players. Every player is an equal member of the team, and every team is equally important. Tryouts should not be stressful, they should be fun. Whatever the result, your player will be placed on a team that is a good fit based on ability and experience. And your player will have a fun and successful season. That is our goal above all: for our girls to be happy, be confident and have a fantastic time at the rink.

If you have any questions whatsoever about this process, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Dates & Times

Tryouts will take place during the month of March. All registered players will receive an email confirming which tryout group they are in. All players, excluding mites, must attend at least 2 out of the 3 assigned tryouts. Mites will only have 2 tryout days and they must attend both. Tryout groups cannot be changed. Goalies must attend their assigned session in addition to the goalie tryout.


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