A skater in the Blue Division must meet the Maroon Placement Criteria, plus these skills.
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Skating

Speed
  • Always moving to position, cycles.
  • Able to skate through traffic.
  • Keeps pace with game at this level.
Stopping
  • Able to stop on either side, efficiently and in control.
  • Able to step out of either stop in new direction with acceleration.
Maneuverability
  • Able to quick start and make immediate turns.
  • Able to skate backward crossovers smoothly and efficiently.
Hustle
  • Chases and obtains loose puck.
  • Anticipates plays and moves to desirable position.
  • Able to “get open” for a play.

Stick Work

Passing/Receiving
  • Able to pass and receive the puck, challenged and through traffic.
  • Deliberate and consistent passing to teammates.
  • Controls passes, made and received.
  • Exhibits advanced stick handling skills.
  • Able to puck-handle entire ice surface with challenge.
Shooting
  • Able to aim strong shots on goal consistently.
  • Has mastered at least 4 different shots (backhand, slap, snap, wrist, one-time and deke shot).
  • Anticipates rebounds and takes rebound shots.

Game Knowledge & Experience

Positioning
  • Exhibits advanced positional skills.
  • Powerplay, short-handed, two on one defense, cycling and covering positions.
  • Forechecks and backchecks opposition.
  • Plays the body effectively.
Off-sides
  • Understands and avoids off-sides and icing.
  • Immediately clears the zone to avoid offside call.
Line changes
  • Consistently clean changes on the fly, without instruction.
  • Changes while on offense.
  • Comes directly to bench to change quickly.
  • Able to “float” through line.
Teamwork
  • Communicates respectfully with referees, players and line-mates.
  • Offers helpful and positive feedback to teammates.
  • Exhibits superior skills with clean and effective play.