The GSHL tryouts consist of a serious of electronically timed drills - which is the first stage in the team selection process. From these drills, players are selected to participate in the scrimmage sessions. The tryout drills are used as a stage to create a pool of players to form scrimmage teams for the weekend series of games. From these games, the evaluators and coaches will chart the players and select the teams. Playing in the weekend scrimmages does not ensure continuation onto a league team.
The drills listed are electronically timed and players are not ranked by personal evaluation. The concept is to provide all players registered an opportunity to post a time. The drill used are based on the Hockey Canada Skills guide, the tryout drills are again designed to display the players basic skills. The times will be used to create the scrimmage selection pool.
Players will be explained the drills on the ice, and may get a trial run before timing starts, time permitting. From the accumulated times of the drills, players will be selected for the scrimmage game session. From the scrimmage games, the evaluators and coaches will create a list from which the players will be drafted onto the six Saskatoon teams.
100' Forward Acceleration
A straight, timed 100' skating drill.
100' Backward Acceleration
A straight timed 100' backward skating drill.
100' Cone Weave With Puck Weaving through the pylons carrying a puck.
Forward Crossover with Puck
With a puck, the skater skates forward around the inside of the circle, then going 1.5 times around the opposite circle before skating through the finish line. Skaters must skate outside the face-off circles and maintain possession of the puck. Second attempt goes the opposite way.
Backward Crossover without Puck
Without a puck, the skater skates backwards around the inside of the circle, then going 1.5 times around the opposite circle before skating through the finish line. Skaters must skate outside the face-off circles. Second attempt goes the opposite way.
Start/Stop Speed Drill
Skater skates from starting point to center line and stops, back to blue line and stops, then to far blue line and stops, back to center red line, stops, and then right through finish line without stopping.