Over the past year, Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee has worked extensively on a Standardized Tiering Model. This tiering model is a key component of the Alberta One initiative, where Hockey Alberta and our Minor Leagues are working together to build a unified structure and strategic model that enables Leagues to adopt the same tiering, seasonal structure and other operational processes.
Having identified standardized tiering as the first step in this initiative, the following leagues/ organizations will implement the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model for the 2018-19 hockey season:
• Hockey Calgary
• Hockey Edmonton
• Central Alberta Hockey League
• Northern Alberta Interlock
• All Peace Hockey League
• North Eastern Alberta Hockey League
Under the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model, leagues/ organizations have agreed to operate six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. Larger leagues/ organizations can split tiers into more manageable groups based on number of teams and travel. Smaller leagues/ organizations may not operate all six tiers within a division but will follow a grid that determines the number of tiers based on the total number of teams at a division.
All leagues/ organizations will utilize the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Grid as a starting point in their tiering placement. The grid provides all Minor Hockey Associations a starting point for the placement of their teams within a specific division. Teams then proceed through tiering rounds for final placement determined by policies of the individual league.
Further information on the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model, including the Tiering Grid, can be found clicking on the link below.
If you have any questions regarding the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model, please contact either your League President or myself.
Bryden Burrell - Coordinator, Hockey Operations