EQUALIZATION POLICY

While every effort is made to ensure that the teams selected are of relatively equal strength, the League deals with this issue in most divisions every season. As we note on the player registration form: "Once teams have been selected some players may be traded in an attempt to equalize team strength. Team equalization will be done at the discretion of the Division Convenor and head coaches."

What is equalization?
Ideally, we would like all games in every division to be close. We would like every team to have a realistic chance of beating the other teams in its division. If after the season has started it is apparent that one (or more) team is markedly stronger (or weaker), equalization is the process we go through to try to rebalance the teams. Because Squirt age children usually are more interested in playing with friends (and what's being served up in the post-game snack), we do not equalize Squirt teams.

Why equalize?
The KW Minor Ball Hockey League has a house league  and rep program where numbers allow us to do so. For the stronger players who are so inclined, we offer a rep program for which we have evaluations and then the coach's for the rep teams will get together and draft players. We have found by adding the rep league both the house league and rep leagues have both flourished and the players in each are much happier.

What is the process?
In house league, each Division Convenor assigns registered players to the teams in that division. After the season starts, he/she keeps tabs on the games and scores. If after the third game it is apparent that there is an severe imbalance that needs to be corrected, the Convenor will consult with the coaches to determine a plan of action.  if we have a severe imbalance in house league then kids will be moved in an attempt to make things better. Due to the size of some of our divisions it is inevitable that there will be some teams that end up strong and some that might be weaker and we will work with all coach's to work this out. For rep as they have been evaluated and drafted moves occurring are very unlikely.

When does equalization take place?
We will do our best to make any changes as soon as possible as the longer we wait the harder it is to moves players as they have met new friends and started to jell as a team.

What we are doing to minimize equalization?
We are actively taking steps to try to minimize equalization. This year we are instituting player evaluations, with the league executive and coaches required to grade each of their players. We intend to make that a more rigorous exercise this year.

A caveat
Frankly, selecting teams of equal strength is more art than science. Kids mature at different rates and every season sees the dynamics of a division change as half the kids move up to the next division and an influx of kids from the division below or who are new to the League. Kids with great ice hockey skills are sometimes at a disadvantage because they lack speed and fast kids with limited hockey skills can be impact players. In the end, we try to use all the tools at our disposal to try to achieve team parity.