I wanted to put this out because we have had a barrage of questions about NA West Operations; hopefully, this helps clarify.
Q: How many players are on a roster?
Typically NA Prep Teams take nine forwards, six defensemen, and one goaltender. There are situations where NA Prep may take additional skaters, i.e., older players, because of checking (injuries), or when we play in Canada playing 20 minutes stop time rules. But, typically, we only take 16 players.
Q: What age groups does NA Wets have?
During COVID times, NA Prep has only taken three age groups, Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam. We usually have teams at all birth years.
Q: How many tournaments do the NA West teams attend?
NA West Teams only attend one mandatory tournament during the spring; additional tournaments are added for players and families that would like to attend more and an additional cost.
Q: Does our $400 fee cover two tournaments?
The $400 NA West fee covers only one tournament, uniforms, tournament fees, ice time, coaches travel, and administration cost. Normally, we can charge our families $350 due to the lower cost of play and ice time in that region when we play in Canada.
Q: I was under the impression it was $400 for both tournaments; how much do additional tournaments cost?
My apologies to those under that impression; the $400 covers uniforms, tournament fees, ice time, coaches travel, and administration cost. Additional tournaments cost $200 in Canada and $250 when competing in the US due to the price increase. The additional player fee covers tournament fees, ice time, coaches travel, and administration cost
Q: What is the deadline to sign-up for the Provo Tournament?
Provo Tournament deadline is Friday 29, 2021; this allows us enough time to find additional players if needed and get our roster in.
Q: Who will be coaching the team when Coach JJ is coaching another team?
Each team has three to four coaches running the bench, team rosters are on our www.nawild.com, and have all coaches are listed.
Q: The players don't seem to play as well when Coach JJ isn't on the bench.
I don't have an answer to that question, but I encourage you to have a conversation with your player if you feel they play differently for other coaches. We have a great coaching staff that does their best with the players; each of them is different in their own way and offer our players something from other perspectives. NA Prep has grown exponentially, and with that growth comes additional coaches that enjoy coaching the way I do. I do my best to spread myself out with all of the players and teams, and there are times when it just doesn't work logistically. Unfortunately, during these times, we have several teams at the tournaments, which is quite a bit more challenging. When things get back to normal, we will do our best only to take two teams to a tournament at a time.
Q: What Hotels are we staying at in Provo? The last tournament was a nightmare and was difficult logistically.
We have parents running logistics for NA Prep and get you the information as soon as they obtain it. The tournaments are challenging to run this year because of the rink closures and teams dropping out, so the information isn't always given to us in the timeframe we would like. We are trying to relay the information to you all as soon as we get it.
Q: When does the tournament start?
From what the tournament directors have stated is that the tournament is starting on Saturday.
Q: When will the Pre-tournament Training sessions begin?
Pre Tournaments Training begins Friday morning, and we are attempting to get 4 hours of ice for each team. Pre-tournament training has proven to give a leg up to the players in the past.
I just wanted parents, players, and families to understand the protocol for team selection; we want to be as transparent as possible. It is outlined below.
1) Players selected on Team West teams for the 2019-2020 season automatically have a spot on the upcoming Gold Medal Games Tournament in Provo, Utah, February 13-15, 2021.
2) If a 2019-2020 player does not accept their roster spot, we will invite players who have attended our evaluations during the 2019-2020 season. Or that participated in Midday Academy and have been evaluated.
The hardest thing to understand and accept is that if you have just recently played for a West team in Salt Lake City, it is not guaranteed that you have a spot unless you were an original 2019-2020 Team West selected player. Several players that attended the Salt Lake Tournament were fill-ins for players that couldn't participate.
Our player selection protocol was set up to allow our past spring players to make up some of their spring tournaments missed due to COVID-19.
I hope everyone understands that we are doing our best during these times, and several families will be put in these situations and want to make sure that those families understand this is not personal.
The good news is that we will be starting our spring season in April, we will be announcing our schedule at the beginning of March.
Another issue I'd like to discuss is the use of spring credits. If we play in Canada this spring, everyone can use their remaining spring credits because that will allow us to utilize our NA Prep tournaments credits that we have in Canada.
If we have to play in the States, then families will not be able to use their spring credits because that would require NA Prep to accrue additional tournament fees. US tournament play cost NA Prep a bit more due to the increased cost of ice rental fees.
I'd like to have better news than this for our families, but unfortunately, we would jeopardize the future of NA Prep if we had to incur the cost of our US spring hockey operations. We appreciate your understanding and continued support; once things get back to normal, we can continue with our goal to offer great development at an excellent price for all families can enjoy.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Hello NA Prep Families,
Team West will be competing in the Gold Medal Games, February 13-15, 2021, in Provo, Utah. NA Prep will be taking three teams to this tournament, Squirt (2010/2011), Pee Wee (2009/2008), and Bantam (2007/2006).
Please remember this is a select team, and our coaching staff has selected all roster positions. There are no try-outs for Team West. All players selected for the 2020 Team West Teams will have the first right to confirm their roster spot. Some West players could not attend the Salt Lake Tournament and have reserved their player's spot already for Provo. I am doing my best to make this process as fair as possible. If players can not attend, we will take players on the waitlist, and should it require we will move down the development team roster rankings and invite the next highest-ranked players.
Seventeen players will compete in one to two major tournaments, located in Utah with players from (Montana, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, and Utah). NA Prep has been the newest and fastest-growing hockey program to hit the west, and we are excited for the 3rd season of our SELECT program to get underway. Player's that are selected to attend the NAPDP will arrive 36 to 48 hours before the tournament competition and take place in 4.5 to 6 hours of player/team development, off-ice activities, and team banquet before participating in the tournament.
We look forward to bringing you the western region's first high-performance developmental program.
Only Available to Birth Years: Bantam 2006/2007 Pee Wee 2008/2009 Squirt 2010/2011
Spring Length: January thru February
Program fee: $400 (New players). We ask families to pay $250 (returning players) this time around due to the logistics of the Canadian-Spring credits.
Fee includes: 3-5 hrs of on-ice team training, professional keepsake uniform, tournament fees, coaches travel cost, helmet decals, and team administration needs.
Roster Size: 9 Forwards, 6 Defensemen, and 2 Goalies. Bantams could take up to four lines of forwards due to checking and the physicality at this age.
Tournaments: NA Prep West Select Team will play at the Gold Medal Games, February 13-15, 2021.
The team fees will cover uniforms that players can keep (included in tuition: shells, home and away jersey).
These teams fill up quickly, and this is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so book asap.
We will update the schedule as soon as the tournament provides us with the details.
February 13-15, 2021
February 12, 2021
9:00am - 11:00am
2:00pm - 4:00pm