Player Selection Process for Team Sports

How can you ensure that your sport organization is recruiting and selecting players in a values-based and principle-driven way? The Player Selection Process is a values-based and principle-driven guide and approach to player selection that is designed to help sport organizations ensure transparency and fairness as well as communicate their commitment to True Sport. Assisting coaches in providing athletes with the best possible sport experience, this guide helps to identify the most appropriate level of play for individuals in an environment where they can grow as athletes and as people.

The Player Selection Process for Team Sports provides the following:

  • Glossary of Terms to clearly define positions and processes within a sport organization;
  • Player Selection Framework;
  • Player Evaluation Process, including the pre-evaluation period, the evaluation period and evaluation criteria;
  • Player Selection Process;
  • Standard Letter of Acceptance/Status, Player Evaluation Form and Pre-Season Letter to Members; and
  • Additional Resources.

We’ve made it easy for sport organizations and coaches to customize this guide. Simply download a document below and fill in the information you see <between the angled brackets>.



True Sport wishes to acknowledge and thank the following individuals for their significant contributions toward the development of this resource.

Jeff Baker – Manager of Hockey Operations, Hockey Eastern Ontario

Jarrod Beattie – Programs Manager, Ottawa City Soccer Club

Greg Clarke – Director, Private Client Group, HollisWealth® Insurance Agency Ltd.

Karri Dawson – Executive Director, True Sport Foundation 

Matt Ebbs – NHLPA Certified Agent and Lawyer

Paul Forgues – President, Cumberland Bandits Hockey Club

Garry Galley – Former NHL player

Rick Julien – Vice President, Almar Roofing LTD.

Jim Kyte – Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Algonquin College, former NHL player

Cyril Leeder – Past President, Ottawa Senators

Paul Melia – Former President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Wayne Parro – Senior Coaching Consultant, eLearning, Coaching Association of Canada

Jeff Partrick – Corporate Services Director, Skate Canada


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