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The USA Hockey Girls Player Development District-Specific Guide outlines the 2016 girl's player development process in each of the twelve districts.  This guide provides information on the opportunities available in each district and shows how a player may progress through her district's player development process to be eligible for opportunities at the district, regional and/or national level. 

For a copy of our Atlantic District Girl's Player Development guide to help you better understand our process, please click here!

Atlantic District Girl's Tryouts

We will be holding our tryouts for our younger girls the weekend of April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016!  All USA Hockey Atlantic District registered  girls born in 2003, 2004, and 2005 are welcome to try out for our Girl's Player Development Program. 

Tryouts will be held at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA. Online registration is now closed.  Walk-on's are welcome.  Cost of the tryout registration is $125 which will include all tryout sessions scheduled as well as an Atlantic District Tryout Jersey that you will receive at check in and keep afterwards. 

The Atlantic District Development Camp selection list will be posted on the website within 2 weeks of the tryouts.  Players selected for this District camp will be asked to register online immediately to reserve your spot and to avoid our going to an alternate. 

Age groups born 2003, 2004 and 2005:  April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016

Saturday, April 30 Birthyear  
9:00 - 10:00 AM 2005 Red & 2005 White Skills/ADM
10:15 - 11:15 AM 2004 Black & 2004 Grey Skills/ADM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2003 Gold & 2003 Royal Skills/ADM
12:30 - 1:15 PM All Goalies Stations
1:30 - 2:30 PM 2005 Red & 2005 White Skills/ADM/SAG's
2:45 - 3:45 PM 2004 Black & 2004 Grey Skills/ADM/SAG's
4:00 - 5:00 PM 2003 Gold & 2003 Royal Skills/ADM/SAG's
Sunday, May 1 Birthyear  
9:00 - 10:00 AM 2005 Red & 2005 White Skills/ADM/SAG's
10:15 - 11:15 AM 2004 Black & 2004 Grey Skills/ADM/SAG's
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2003 Gold & 2003 Royal Skills/ADM/SAG's
12:30 - 1:15 PM All Goalies Stations
1:30 - 2:30 PM 2005 Red & 2005 White SAG's
2:45 - 3:45 PM 2004 Black & 2004 Grey SAG's
4:00 - 5:00 PM 2003 Gold & 2003 Royal SAG's

We have completed our tryouts for our older girls (1999-2002).   Players nominated for the USAH Development Camp(s) will be notified via phone and email the week of May 15, 2016 once all of the Districts have concluded their tryouts.  The Regional 14U camp nominated players has been updated and the list is available below for you to review under the Regional Camp information.  _______________________________________________________________________________________

AAHA Girls Select Development Camp

In addition to the National Development Camps,  the Atlantic District is providing additional development opportunities and USA Hockey encourages players to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain valuable resources that can be applied to your long-term athlete development and growth as a hockey player.  This summer the Atlantic District's camp will be held at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ from June 27 to July 1, 2016.  Participants for our camp will be chosen from our tryouts as stated above.  More information to follow as it is confirmed including cost, time of arrival/departure, etc.  Besides the on ice sessions, Included in the cost of the camp will be lodging at the Wingate Hotel and the Springhill Suites across the street from the rink for the duration of the camp for all players and staff members.  All food will also be included. 

The cost of the camp will be $700.  This five day camp will include games, on ice drills, off-ice conditioning, etc.  There will be an array of College and Prep School Coaches and Counselors who will lead the teams through a fun-filled and competitive camp. 



Eastern Regional Select 14 Camp

The Atlantic, Massachusetts, New England, New York, Southeastern Districts and USA Hockey have joined forces to create a single regional multi-district 14 camp for female players.  This camp is conducted under the direction of the USAH Affiliated districts listed, the Girl's/Women's section of USA Hockey and in conjunction with the G/W's department and ADM department of USA Hockey.  This opportunity will be offered to a total of 68 players from across these 5 districts.

The goal of this camp is to provide increased opportunity for skill development and preparation for continued progression through the USAH Player Development model.  The 2016 Eastern Regional Select Camp is designed as an opportunity for players to meet and compete, develop and improve their hockey skills, receive instruction on advanced in-season and out-of-season training methods and build habits that lead to improved performance. 

In addition, the program will focus on instilling the attitudes necessary for young women to be successful and become empowered through hockey.  Players will be exposed to opportunities that exist in education and sport by learning from, and being mentored by experts including college coaches, athletes and National Team members.

The AAHA has been allocated a limited number of player invitations for this camp for girls born in 2002.  Player for the camp will be identified through the AAHA try-out evaluation process.  More information on location, dates and logistics will be available at the try-out.

We would like to congratulate the girls listed below who have been chosen to attend the Eastern Regional Select 14 Camp from our District:

Jessica Ciarrocchi Jennifer Olnowich
Brianna Felice Ava Rinker
Jordan Hower Kelsey Staivacki
Gabriella Massa Emma Taigounov
Giavanna Massari Kathryn Truban
Jane McCarter Nicole Wood
Sydney McCormack  

USA Hockey is excited to launch a new girls' player development website with resources for player development opportunities, including the 2016 Girls' National Player Development Guide and 2016 District-Specific Player Development Guide.  The website should be your first resource for information related to player development tryouts and camps and USA Hockey will continue to update the site as new information becomes available.

USA Hockey and its twelve districts provide player development opportunities at the Affiliate, District, Regional and National level through out the year.  USA Hockey hosts three National Player Development Camps for girls ages 15, 16 and 17.  As players in the 1999, 2000 or 2001 birth years, you are age-eligible for potential advancement to one of USA Hockey's three 2016 Girl's National Player Development Camps.  To be eligible for potential advancement to one of the three National Development Camps, players in these birth years must hold US Citizenship and must participate in her district tryout in the district where her family's primary residence is. 

From the District tryout process, selected players will advance to one of USA Hockey's Girls National Player Development Camps:

  • 2016 Girl's 15 Player Development Camp (July 18-24) to be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  There will be a total of 216 players with each District receiving allocated spots for the 2001 birth year determined by registered female players in each District.  We have not received our allotment as of yet.  As soon as we do, we will post it here!

  • 2016 Girl's U18 Player Development Camp (July 9-15) to be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  There will be a total of 180 players with each district receiving allocated forward and defense spots for the 1999 and 2000 birth years.  These allocations are determined by registered female players in each district and the performance of that districts specific birth year at the previous National Player Development Camps.  The goalie positions at the Girls' U18 Player Development Camp are considered "at-large" allocations and USA Hockey appointed scouts will work with each District's evaluation team to identify goalies who will advance t the Girls' U18 Player Development Camp. We have not received our allotment as of yet.  As soon as we do, we will post it here!

  • 2016 Girl's U18 Select Player Development Camp (June 24-30) to be held in Biddeford, Maine.  There will be a total of 66 players, with no set allocations for this camp.  USA Hockey appointed scouts and each District's evaluation team will collectively determine who is selected for this camp from the 1999, 2000, and 2001 birth years.

National Camp Curriculum:  The week long experience at any of the three camps exposes participants to various "best Practices" and training strategies so players can return home with the tools to develop their skills over the course of that season and seasons to come.  The age appropriate resources and development programming at Girls' National Player Development Camps are directly aligned with the US Women's National Team's training, expectations and culture giving participating U18 players the proper foundation to facilitate their development to succeed at the National Team level.  Players attending USA Hockey National Development Camps are eligible to advance to the U18 National Festival if their performance warrants.  The U18 National Festival is primarily for the 1999 and 2000 birth years but it is possible that a player from the 2001 birth year may be invited. 

National Notification Timeline:  To streamline the communication surrounding selections, avoid confusion about the notification process, and provide families with much advanced notification as possible for planning purposes, USA Hockey is implementing a National Notification Timeline in 2016.  This approach will enable USA Hockey to notify the majority of players on targeted dates built into the annual District Tryout calendar.  Even with the National Notification Timeline, some players will not be notified until June 22, 2016 when the last of the twelve district tryouts are complete because USA Hockey has a responsibility to allow all District Tryouts to take place before finalizing all players selected to attend the three National Player Development Camps.  With the final District Tryouts ending on June 16, 2016, and the first Girls National Player Development Camp beginning on June 24, USA Hockey will follow the National Notification Timeline to confirm as many spots as early as possible while simultaneously leaving space open for any potential candidate in the final District Tryouts.  If a selected player has an extenuating circumstance (emergency, injury, sickness, etc.) that prevents her from participating in camp, it is possible that a player named as an alternate may be invited by the National Office to attend camp after the final National Notification Timeline date and this invitation to attend the camp may happen as late as the start (or even a few days into) the camp.

USA Hockey Girls U18 National Player Development Guide

USA Hockey continues to evaluate and analyze the growth and development strategies for our female hockey programs.  Thanks in large to the work done at the affiliate and district levels, we have seen tremendous growth since 1998.  As we evaluate the growth and needs of our programming, we continue to make modifications that will enhance the effectiveness of our development programming and our national team success.  The website link outlines our recent adjustments to the U18 development programs that will continue to meet the needs of the overall growth and the advancing depth of our player pool.

This plan generates a 17% increase in the number of female players between the ages of 15-17 who will participate in our National Girls Player Development Camps.