The CVHA House League program will do their very best to balance all teams in all divisions. Understandably, this is a very difficult task, as it involves various factors such as team chemistry and player development throughout the season, factors that are difficult to account for. It is the discretion of the Team Formation Committee on how each Division’s teams will be formed.
Division Convenors, Head Convenors and the VP’s of House League will observe play during the Pre-Season Period for balancing purposes. If additional time is required for the observations, balancing timelines will be adjusted accordingly. We recognize that players are just returning to the ice from the off season and will take time to adjust back. This is taken into account during balancing.
Divisions will continuously be reviewed to determine the necessary trades that will be required to ensure there is parity across the division. Players who are traded have the added benefit of making additional friends and getting to know more players. Being traded is not a negative experience, and in fact, we have always found it to be a positive for the player. Again, should your player be traded, it has been done in the best interest of the entire division. We want all teams to be competitive which provides for the best experience for everyone.
We are aware that it can be difficult for a player to move to another team and so we do our best to minimize the number of trades made. Cooperation and support from players, parents, and coaches are both necessary and appreciated. Positive reinforcement and discussing with your player that this carries many positives provides them with the confidence and positive outlook that they should have going into this.