I just wanted parents, players, and families to understand the protocol for team selection; we want to be as transparent as possible. It is outlined below.
1) Players selected on Team West teams for the 2019-2020 season automatically have a spot on the upcoming Gold Medal Games Tournament in Provo, Utah, February 13-15, 2021.
2) If a 2019-2020 player does not accept their roster spot, we will invite players who have attended our evaluations during the 2019-2020 season. Or that participated in Midday Academy and have been evaluated.
The hardest thing to understand and accept is that if you have just recently played for a West team in Salt Lake City, it is not guaranteed that you have a spot unless you were an original 2019-2020 Team West selected player. Several players that attended the Salt Lake Tournament were fill-ins for players that couldn't participate.
Our player selection protocol was set up to allow our past spring players to make up some of their spring tournaments missed due to COVID-19.
I hope everyone understands that we are doing our best during these times, and several families will be put in these situations and want to make sure that those families understand this is not personal.
The good news is that we will be starting our spring season in April, we will be announcing our schedule at the beginning of March.
Another issue I'd like to discuss is the use of spring credits. If we play in Canada this spring, everyone can use their remaining spring credits because that will allow us to utilize our NA Prep tournaments credits that we have in Canada.
If we have to play in the States, then families will not be able to use their spring credits because that would require NA Prep to accrue additional tournament fees. US tournament play cost NA Prep a bit more due to the increased cost of ice rental fees.
I'd like to have better news than this for our families, but unfortunately, we would jeopardize the future of NA Prep if we had to incur the cost of our US spring hockey operations. We appreciate your understanding and continued support; once things get back to normal, we can continue with our goal to offer great development at an excellent price for all families can enjoy.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.