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Skills Assessment Day scheduled for this Saturday (September 13th)
Submitted By Craig Metzger on Monday, September 8, 2008
The Seaforth & District Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) will hold a Skills Assessment Day open to all Seaforth Minor Hockey players from Novice through Midget; boys and girls; house league, rep., and local league on Saturday, September 13th.

In recognition of the importance of skill development, this day will provide the opportunity for players to not only assess where their skill level is at but also for SMHA to establish a baseline for evaluating the organization’s ability to develop the skill level of our players. Near the end of the season the players will have the opportunity to be assessed again to mark their progress over the year.

The Skills Assessment Day will draw from Hockey Canada’s National Skills Standards and Testing Program (NSST) for the assessment drills.

The following history and overview of the NSST is provided from Hockey Canada’s NSST Handbook (available for download by clicking here).

During the 1999 Molson Open Ice Summit on Player Development in Canada, delegates close to the game at the grassroots level recommended that Hockey Canada investigate ways to celebrate skill development in hockey. In Canada today there is no nationally organized program that tests or recognizes skill acquisition and skill improvement within the Canadian hockey system. In Canadian minor hockey, coaches should be encouraged to foster the development of the fundamental skills required to play the game at the minor levels by measuring and providing positive individual feedback on skill development. It is essential that minor hockey associations and parents have a method of measuring success beyond wins and losses.

Hockey Canada created the National Skills Standards and Testing Program (NSST) for minor hockey aged players in Canada. This program is based on the fundamental philosophy that skill development should be fun and challenging and at the same time accessible to all players in the Canadian minor hockey system. Hockey Canada believes in celebrating skill achievement.

Program Goal:

“Raise awareness of the importance of skill development and establish a system to measure and celebrate skills.”


Accessible To:
• Any Hockey Canada member team has access to the program.
• Coaches can collect the test data and keep it within the team or the testing results can be centralized through the use of the Hockey Canada national web site database at

A series of 6 individual skill tests have been designed to measure the skill level of players. These tests can be administered by team coaches requiring very little equipment, expense and set up time.

Although participation in the Skills Assessment Day is not mandatory, all players are encouraged to attend as the better the turnout the more relevant the assessment of the organization becomes. Individual results will be provided to the player and not to their team mates.

Once team selections have been made, the results for the team may be provided to the team’s coach for the purposes of identifying areas of improvement for the team and individuals.

The schedule for the Day is available on our website and has been set-up by age group. For example, the Peewee time slot of 2:15 p.m. is for all Peewee Rep, Peewee LL, and Peewee-aged boys playing house league. The 3:30 p.m. Peewee Girls time slot is for Peewee Girls and Peewee-aged girls playing house league.

As there are 6 player skill assessment stations as well as goaltender assessments it would be very helpful if there were half a dozen adult volunteers at each session to help with recording the results. If you’re interested in helping out bring your skates and helmet on Saturday.


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