A series of six 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.
It is ideal to test players twice per season, but if ice time is available it is recommended that players be tested three times per season. Testing two or three times in a season will help to establish performance levels and demonstrate the amount of improvement that takes place. It is very important that the testing environment is set up in the same manner each time to ensure that the comparisons of test results from each session are meaningful and accurate.
If testing were to take place three times throughout the season, the best times would be:
• beginning of season: sets a baseline for each player and the team
• mid-season: demonstrates the amount of skill improvement of each player and the team
• end of season: demonstrates improvement from the start of the season to the end of the season
With the right number of assistants (six) on the ice, the six-station test can be administered during one ice session with all stations active simultaneously. A second option would be to incorporate the test into a series of practices by setting up and executing one or two stations over several ice sessions.
• 30 pucks
• tape measure – 100 feet
• spray paint
• three stop watches
• 10 pylons
• six clipboards with pens
• lead tester – to coordinate all on ice activities
• six assistant testers – to lead individual testing stations
• six recorders – optional (can assist with recording scores at each station)