Due to the fact that the players in our league have various levels of upper body strength and mobility, and different levels of hockey knowledge, it is vital to rank a player accurately to ensure that the teams are as well balanced as possible.
Each player is ranked from 1 to 5 based on their physical ability. In this system, a Level 1 is viewed to be a player who can shoot and pass the ball well, (often with force and velocity), can carry and control the ball on their stick for a fair length of time. This skill level often includes a player who tends to score goals and is likely to have relatively good upper body strength and/or mobility. A Level 5 is a player who has little to no upper body strength, cannot hold a hockey stick, therefore often times fastening it to their wheelchair. This player may have difficulty manoeuvring their wheelchair during the game as well. Players ranked at skill levels 2, 3, and 4 vary along the range of ability. It is important to note that the player who is ranked as a Level 1 is not viewed to be better than the player who is ranked a Level 5 because they bring different skills to the game and can be equally as effective. On a team, it is important to have a range of players with different playing abilities because this balances the teams, allows all to participate to their fullest ability, and enhances the game.
Within each Level above a decimel of 0 to 9 ranks players based on their hockey knowledge, the players positioning, knowledge of the game, etc. A player who has a better understanding of the game has a lower decimel.
These rankings are reviewed annually as a player’s ability or hockey knowledge changes to ensure teams remain balanced.