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Amateur Tryouts (ATO) vs Player Tryouts (PTO)

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I talked with the Havoc coaches last night and tonight about the differences between these 2 "tryouts". ATOs are for college/university guys who have completed their careers at their respective schools and now turn pro. The league grants 5 ATOs per team. They are for 3 games, and the guys get paid a per-game salary for 3 games, whether they play or not (they can get paid, since they are no longer under NCAA restrictions regarding earning money to play). Once a team has played 3 consecutive games, the ATO is done, and the kid has to be signed to a regular contract or let go. These are a good way to evaluate new guys to stay on the team for the playoffs or get invited to training camp the next season. PTOs are also 3-gamers, but for players who are already pros. The league cut down the number of 3-gamers from 10 to 4 per team. Since teams now have 19-man rosters, the thought was that teams would not need as many 3-game tryouts. These guys also get paid the same amount as an ATO player for those 3 games, whether they play or not, and when the team has played 3 consecutive games these players too have to be signed to a regular contract or let go. The ATO and PTO salaries do not count against the team's salary cap. Teams are still allowed to dress only 16 skaters and 2 goalies per game. Doc

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Thanks for the consult, Doc.  doctor-smiley-emoticon.gif

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2 hours ago, JMC-STL said:

Thanks for the consult, Doc.  doctor.gif

You're welcome. Take 2 aspirins and PM me in the morning. I'll send you the bill within 2-3 business days.

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Update: the college kids who sign ATOs are eligible to be on the playoff rosters even if they haven't played 5 games in the SPHL. Doc

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