Marissa Halligan, Manager, Women’s Hockey
We are excited about the changes to our 2015 USA Hockey Girls Player Development Camps. The changes allow for further development of our girls U18 player pool, support of our long-term development model and allows for a 17% increase in the number of girls participating at the National Camp level. Given the value that is placed on our District Tryout process and the recognition of how vital the tryouts are to district and national decisions about who advances to USA Hockey National Camps, we must allow all district tryouts to be complete before finalizing all allotments to our three national camps (Girls U18 Select Player Development Camp, Girls U18 Player Development Camp, and the Girls 15 Player Development Camp).
However, knowing everyone’s desire to plan and schedule summer events/activities we are activating a rolling notification process, meaning that USA Hockey is working with the districts to fill portions of each camp as tryouts are completed. To ensure there is full transparency in our process, we are confirming that some players could be notified within a week of participating in their district tryouts while others may not be notified until the last of the twelve district tryouts are complete (the final district tryout concludes on June 18th). With the final tryout not ending until June 18th and the first National Camp starting on June 27th, USA Hockey is attempting to confirm as many spots to our U18 camps as possible while simultaneously leaving space for any potential candidates in these later district tryouts.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and support of this process. While this process will require more patience for some than others, we thank you in advance for recognizing our goal of being fair to all district players and to ensure that we have properly placed all 462 U18 female players who earn the opportunity to advance to one of USA Hockey’s three National Development Camps. For initial questions, please contact your district representative.