Tournament Skill Levels

Skill Levels:
The skill level definitions below are a guide to which skill level you should assign yourself. They are certainly not perfect but should give you a good idea of your level based on many factors including but not limited to physical ability, age, skating, stick handling, passing and shooting skills. Please review your skill level yearly or more often if you’re just getting into hockey and feel like you’re advancing quickly.
PLEASE NOTE: Each player is responsible for their own skill-level rating. Team captains should direct each player on their proposed roster to this page and have the player rate their skill level and send the number back to the team captain. Captains, you know your players. If you see that a player has under-rated their skill, please initiate a conversation with them and determine the correct skill level. Team captains will be required to submit the skill level of each player on their roster.

Please respect others and play in appropriate divisions.

Players determined to be playing in a lower division than their skills indicate is appropriate are subject to disqualification from the tournament with no refund of tournament fees.
Description of Skill Levels
(Comparison to USA Adult Hockey Levels which other leagues use)
Level 1
Players / Goalies at this level are just learning to skate and have very limited knowledge of the fundamentals of the game i.e. positioning, rules, team concepts. This level is for the true beginner who has never played the game nor has had much experience watching or following the game. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven’t mastered controlled skating. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.
Level 1.5
Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates but still have a hard time with skating both forward and backwards. They’ve acquired some basic skills to get up and down the ice but still struggle with carrying the puck, making passes and taking shots. Players in this group would also include those who are not natural athletes and may take more time to develop their skills. The level of physicality in this game should be nil although players should understand that accidental collisions will occur because players haven’t mastered controlled skating. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 1 to 2 out of 10 range.
Level 2
Players / Goalies at this level are becoming more comfortable on their skates, but still struggle going backwards. They are probably just getting comfortable with positional play, learning to skate with head up, learning the rules, team concepts and understand offensive and defensive zones. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.
Level 2.5
Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable skating forward and can now skate backwards fairly comfortably. They are starting to understand positioning, team concepts, can skate backwards, but are still working on stick handling, passing, crossovers etc.Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 3 to 4 out of 10 range.
Level 3
Players / Goalies at this level are very comfortable in a team environment, and know where to be in most situations. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 5 out of 10 range.
Level 3.5
Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a fast paced game and are able to keep up with the play. They are in average physical shape. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are in the 5 to 6 out of 10 range.
Level 4
Players / Goalies at this level are comfortable in a fast paced game and are able to keep up with the play. They are in good physical shape. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are in the 6 to 7 out of 10 range.
Level 4.5
Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in good physical shape. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 6 to 7 out of 10 range.
Level 5
Players / Goalies at this level play at a high level in all areas of the game. They understand the rules, team concepts, are skilled a stick handling, passing, puck control etc. They are in above average physical shape. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 8 out of 10 range.
Level 6
Players / Goalies at this level should feel comfortable playing with Ex-Professionals, Ex-Division 1 / CHL players. Skating – Stick handling – Passing – Shooting skills are all in the 9 to 10 out of 10 range.
Note:
Please respect others and play in appropriate divisions. Players determined to be playing in a lower division than their skills indicate is appropriate are subject to disqualification from the tournament with no refund of tournament fees.

Tournament Levels compared to USA Adult Hockey Skill Levels – Note: This is a general rule as not all USA Adult Leagues measure the same way.
Tournament Level USA Hockey AHA WHAM
Level 1 Beginner Beginner C3
Level 1.5 Beginner D2 C2-C1
Level 2 D3 D1/D2 B3
Level 2.5 D2 D1/C3 B2
Level 3 D1 C2/C3 B1
Level 3.5 C3 C1 B1-A2
Level 4 C2 B3 A2
Level 4.5 C1 B2 A2-A1
Level 5 B2 B1 A1
Level 5.5 B1 A
Level 6 A A