Balancing process

How we will balance the team to the best of our ability?

Why balance the teams?

While every effort is made to ensure that the teams selected are of relatively equal strength, the League appreciates that this is a difficult process and all games will always have a team that wins and a team that does not win. The goal is to promote close competition, which is proven to encourage great effort and even better fun.

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.

What is the team balancing process?

Prior to the season commencing, each Division will host two days where all players will be evaluated and placed on balanced teams.

The first day all players will be run through a series of skills where they will be scored. Teams will be made based on the scores for the skill round.

The second day of seeding will consist of a series of mini games where league evaluators will rank each player based on their performance in a game situation. Using this additional information, teams may be adjusted in effort to make them as balanced as possible.

The league play will then begin as per the posted schedule.

League officials will watch the first two weeks of the season. If at this time it is evident that additional player changes are appropriate to balance the league, these changes will be made. No changes will be made after the second game of league play. All decisions by the league seeding committee will be final.

The league appreciates that moving children between teams can be uncomfortable and we will rely on parents, care givers and coaches to help ensure this process highlights the value of creating a competitive league.

By registering for the Halifax Minor Ball Hockey League all players are agreeing 100% to the team balancing process.