Why are we staging a Multi-District Player Development/Evaluation Camp?
There is a need for further development, education, and exposure for the female hockey player. A Multi-District (Rocky Mountain, Pacific and Northern Plains) Girls Development/Evaluation Camp, using a structure and format very similar to current national camps, is designed to enrich hockey opportunities for all of the girls in each of the three USA Hockey districts participating in the camp.
What is the format of the Camp?
The Camp will emphasize skill development and provide an opportunity for players to measure themselves against the best players from three USA Hockey Districts. Players attending the camp will be placed on teams, with a designated team leader, upon arrival and will be on the ice with ACHA, NCAA College, Tier I, Prep School, and USA Hockey National personnel, twice each day. There will also be off- ice sessions, hockey related educational seminars, a college fair and a visit to the USA Hockey National Offices. Finally, 15U, 16U & 17U Pacific District and Rocky Mountain District players will be evaluated for selection to the National USA Hockey Select Camps.
How will players advance to the National Camp?
For 2017, all of the camp’s on-ice instructors and coaches will be asked to evaluate players throughout the camp. At the conclusion of the camp, the individual instructor/coach’s player rankings will be compiled to form an aggregated player ranking. Staff from USA Hockey’s National Office will also participate in the selection process. From there, and based on the allocations allotted to the Pacific District and Rocky Mountain District, 15U, 16U and 17U players will be selected to advance to the National Camp.
Why should a 14U (2003) player attend the Multi-District camp if no 14U National Camp is planned for 2017?
Besides the opportunity to “be seen” by a significant number of coaches and scouts, this camp provides huge player development opportunities and will prepare the 14U player with the ability to experience what they will encounter during the 2017 Multi-District Evaluation Camp when they will be eligible to advance to the USA Hockey National Camp.
Who is eligible to attend and how do I qualify for the Camp?
All female US citizens whose primary residence is within one of the three Districts with birth years of 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 are eligible to attend. Each Affiliate in the Rocky Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, NM, UT, OK, TX), Pacific (CA, OR, WA, NV, HW,AK) and Northern Plains (MT, ND, SD, WY) Districts of USA Hockey have been given allocations to the Camp. Each Affiliate (state), as they have done in the past, will hold a Player Development Camp to select players to attend the Multi-District Camp. All players wishing to attend the Multi-District Camp can only advance to the Multi-District Camp through their respective affiliate.
I go to school and play out of my District. Am I still eligible to attend?
USA Hockey determines player eligibility for camps based upon a player’s primary residence (where your parents pay their taxes). You must tryout through your district process. If you cannot make your Affiliate camp, then you will need to work through your Affiliate to arrange to be evaluated by at a camp local to you. Do not attend a camp local to you unless you have coordinated with your State Player Development Director to make the necessary arrangements.
Where will the Camp be held?
The camp will be held in Colorado Springs, CO on the campus of Colorado College from Saturday, June 10 through Wednesday,, June 14, 2017. The Camp schedule will be subject to minor changes, however, the Camp’s start and end times will not change. This will allow participants to make their travel arrangements in advance. Players will be housed in dorms and fed on campus. Colorado College has an on-campus rink, and we will also be utilizing Sertich Ice Arena which is a short bus ride from the Colorado College campus.
What is the registration procedure?
For all selected and invited players the registration process will be online, using Rocky Mountain Register. This is the same online process Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts use. Each player will receive an email explaining the procedures to follow. A deadline for registering for the camp will be provided. If a player fails to meet the registration deadline the player runs the risk of losing their place in the camp. If, for any reason, you suspect you’ll be unable to meet the registration deadline, please communicate with us so a plan to address the issue can be developed. Once registration is complete each player will receive a “Player’s Packet” with additional Camp-specific information and along with check-in procedures.
How much does the Camp cost?
The cost of the Multi-District Camp is $640/player which includes housing, meals, jerseys, ice, coaching, seminars and transportation to and from the Denver airport. Participants will be responsible for travel to Colorado Springs (if driving) or the Denver Airport (if flying) and spending money.
Can Parents attend?
Yes, parents can attend. All ice sessions and seminars will be open to the parents. If parents attend, they will be responsible for their own housing, transportation and meals (the dorms are not available to the parents). Parents will have very limited access to their daughters during the camp; as all participants will be under the care of USA Hockey in a team environment. Players will be very busy. You may, however, be able to see your daughter just before and after the on-ice sessions.
Who may I contact with any additional questions?
Please contact the Multi-District Camp co-coordinators: