Goalie Evaluations

Goalie Evaluation Information
U11 to U18 Divisions

Goalie evaluation sessions will be conducted in the U11 through U18 divisions, but will be slightly altered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emails will be sent to goalies that indicate the first goalie skill evaluation sessions to attend. All other times will be provided by our Goalie Coordinator as posted on the website under ‘Evaluations’ ‘Goalie Info’. All goalies will be provided their Hockey Canada number as their ID number.  This ID number will be posted along with further ice times for each goalie.

There will be two goalie technical evaluation sessions, one without pucks and one with, separate from the player sessions.

After the technical sessions goalies will be assigned to a Cohort. Goalies will continue their Evaluations within their assigned Cohort and will be evaluated in gameplay scenarios. In the U11 & U13 Divisions there will be one game session. In the U15 & U18 Divisions there will be two game sessions.

The game evaluation sessions are intended to position them in competition situations and will help determine the final placements for the goalies for the second half of the 2020/2021 season.  At this point we are still assessing skill level and abilities with each goalie still having the opportunity to advance to the next level.  At the conclusion of all evaluations, final scores will be tabulated and goalies will be placed on their team.  Goalies are committed to play this position for the entire season, per Hockey Calgary regulations.

In typical years we hold a goalie info night at the end of August to elaborate more on the goalie evaluation process and to answer any questions. This is for goalies and their parents to attend. At that time, we also keep goalie families informed if our goalie registration count exceeds the number of teams anticipated and do our best to communicate with neighboring hockey associations of our goalie needs.  All evaluations are conducted using independent, paid evaluators contracted by Crowfoot Minor Hockey.  The session scores will be tabulated by a group of Crowfoot volunteers and reviewed for accuracy. Cohort placement will be based on tabulated scores from skills sessions. Overall rankings will consider both technical and gameplay scores.

Crowfoot contracts out the goaltender evaluations process. The company commissioned by Crowfoot for 2020 is GDI.

Attendance & COVID-19

Goalies are to attend all assigned goalie sessions and division game sessions.  Goalies that miss a session are scored a zero for that session.  Goalies that cannot attend due to a medical condition or an injury with a doctor's note, their situation will be dealt with by the Evaluation team.   Please note that if a goalie does not attend all of the evaluations, he/she may be placed on a lower Cohort than their ability level, however in the event that your player sick in any capacity we ask that you do not attend the evaluations. If your player cannot attend please contact the Goalie Coordinators. Your goalie will not be penalized for missing an evaluation for an illness. Aside from injury or illness, we do ask that all hockey players make a commitment to attend all of these evaluation sessions. Parents are welcome to contact the Age Division Coordinator with questions or for information.

Check-In Protocol

Player ice times will be communicated through the Crowfoot Hockey website. The names of all players have been loaded into TeamSnap in order to access the HealthCheck questionnaire.

All players are asked to check in with their availability for every ice time and complete the HealthCheck questionnaire. HealthCheck will be available for use 8 hours prior to your age division's first ice time. Please note that your ice time is not communicated through TeamSnap during Evaluations. You must check your ice time on the Crowfoot Hockey website by searching your player's Hockey Canada Player ID#.

In the event that your player fails the HealthCheck questionnaire please do not attend the ice time. If you made an error in answering the questionnaire you must complete the HealthCheck Error Correction form https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/assets/file/Operations/covid/Health_Check_Error_Correction_Form.pdf and provide it to the Goalie Coordinators.


It is our intent to make sure all elements of the evaluation process are as open and transparent as possible. We rely almost exclusively on evaluation scores when placing goalies and players, however, when there is a close call to be made, it is at the discretion of the Vice President On-Ice after consultation with others involved in the process. Crowfoot Hockey officials will be available at the Arena to fully explain the process and answer questions as evaluations progress.

We encourage our parents to ask questions rather than deal with rumors or speculation that inevitably occur when people don’t fully understand the evaluation process.

Important Notes:

  • Make sure you are at the Arena and ready to go at least 10 minutes before your ice time.
  • Goalies will be assigned a pinnie to wear for all sessions.  The pinnie number may or not change throughout evaluations.
  • Full goalie equipment is needed.  Per Hockey Calgary, mouth guards are not mandatory for goalies.
  • The Arena will be closed to all Spectators for the 2020 Evaluations sessions
  • The players bench and penalty box area is also closed off except for the Evaluation team.  If your goalie needs help while on ice, a Coordinator will be able to assist him/her.

Our Goalie Coordinators are Tricia Gillis and Bryon Calon goalie@crowfoothockey.com, who can answer your questions.  One or both of our Coordinators will be at each goalie evaluation and can discuss any of your concerns.

Additionally, please feel free to contact:

Ryan Hohman
Vice President On-Ice

Lynne Cook
Crowfoot Hockey Administrator