Hockey development opportunities are available to female players this spring and summer!
Local - More local opportunities than ever exist for players to continue their growth and development this year–check them out and sign up early!
Non-Local - WWFHA polled NCAA DI and DIII coaches for the top development programs in the country that they are aware of and received tremendous response. While coaches can’t endorse programs per NCAA rules, they can mention various program that are well known for development and exposure. Check out some new opportunities to bring your game to the next level, be seen by collegiate coaches and see how you compare to the national competition.
Local Seattle Area – Development/Camp Opportunities
GIRLS’ INTERMEDIATE-to-ADVANCED PLAYERS
1. Girls’ and Women’s Spring League with WWFHA’s Coach McNeill: Tuesdays
Overview: League is open to all female players 14 years of age and up, regardless of skill level.
Games: Tuesday nights at Kingsgate, starting May 20th for 13 weeks at 6:25pm or 7:50pm (updated).
Cost: The fee will be $250 – $350. First payment is $250. The amount of the final payment will be determined after the exact number of participants is known.
Insurance: Players will need to acquire ISI insurance membership and complete a registration form and a Kingsgate waiver.
More Info/Register: Contact Lisa McNeill at email@example.com
2. (New) Girls’ 3v3 – Squirt thru Bantam: Sundays – May – July, 2014
Overview: 1 hour sessions of fast paced 3v3 girls’ hockey, regardless of skill level.
Sessions: Sunday afternoons at Castle, starting May 11th through July 20th
2:20pm – squirt and peewees
3:30pm – older peewees and bantams – Cancelled
Cost: Cost will be $20/session, or you can pay $90/five sessions, or $180 for 10 sessions.
More Info/Register: Contact Jenn Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206)225-6939
GIRLS ADVANCED REP PLAYERS
1. Bantam/Midget High Performance Skill Training with WWFHA’s Coach Miller: Tuesdays, May – July
Overview: Shaun Miller, the WWFHA 19U Rep head coach, runs this program for any female hockey advanced/Rep player who wants to improve performance in the areas of skating, puck handling, passing and shooting.
Age: any Bantam – Midget girls in the state + alumni
Dates: May 13th – July 29th
Times: 8:20 PM – 9:20 PM
Location: Lynnwood Ice Arena
Cost: $360/per player ($200/goalie)
To Register: and make checks payable to Shaun Miller and send to: Shaun Miller - 139515 23rd DR SE - Mill Creek, WA 98012
Deadline: asap to hold your spot and before March 31st
Contact: email Coach Miller at email@example.com
2. 14U Rep Spring Development + Tournament with WWFHA’s Coach Antonio – (April – May)
Overview: Randy Antonio, the WWFHA 19U rep assistant coach, runs this program, which includes over a month of development, followed by the selection of a team to participate in two tournaments.
a) Training Dates: Sundays 4/6 – 5/11
b) Ages: Training open to all Bantam girls (1999-2000)
c) Training: includes 2 Ice Sessions per Sunday for 5 weeks
d) Program: Double sessions include strength & core training, ice session 1, break, dry-land, and then ice session 2.
e) Training Cost: $200
Tournament Details: a team will be selected after the training sessions to go to 2 tournaments:
a) Team selection dates: Sundays 5/4 and 5/11
i. Challenge Cup, an International Girl’s AAA Championship Showcase, in Vancouver, BC – May 16th-19th.
ii. Steveston Spring Meltdown in Richmond, BC – May 22nd-25th.
c) Tournament Cost: $400 (does not include travel, hotel, etc.)
Contact: email Coach Antonio at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Girls’ Learn About Hockey & Learn to Skate: WWFHA’s ‘Floor-to-Ice Hockey Program’
Overview: WWFHA’s new program will include an off-ice floor hockey component followed by a transition to on-ice.
Ages: 5 to 10 year old girls
Contact: email email@example.com and we will send you more information about this new program.
2. Co-Ed ‘Learn to Skate’ and ‘Learn to Play’ Beginner Programs
Overview: There are several co-ed programs in the greater Seattle area that are run by local ‘youth’ (boys’) associations that are a great way to learn to skate and play, as well as co-ed development camps. WWFHA works with other local associations to get girls playing hockey and co-ed at the younger ages makes great sense! Check out these programs:
Sno-King Youth Hockey
Hockey 1 (Learn to Skate) and Hockey 2 (Learn to Play): http://www.snokinghockey.com/Page.asp?n=57290&org=snokinghockey.com
Highland ice arena
Co-ed Learn-To-Play Youth Hockey Sessions - http://www.highlandice.com/ice_hockey.php
Seattle Junior Hockey
Everett Youth Hockey
Try Hockey for Free: http://eyhbc.org/beginner_hockey/try_hockey
Kent Youth Hockey
Learn to Play: http://www.kentvalleyhockey.com/hockeyinstruction/learntoplayhockey.html
GIRLS’ PRIVATE LESSONS
Overview: your local private coach is a great way to get one-v-one instruction to focus on specific areas you want to improve on. If you don’t know a coach, we can help you find someone in your area!
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org
CO-ED LOCAL HOCKEY CAMPS
Sno-King Youth Hockey
Seattle Junior Hockey
2014 Camp information: http://www.sjha.com/camps.html
Everett Youth Hockey
2014 Camp info: http://www.eyhbc.org/camps/index/
Silver Tips Camps: http://m.everettsilvertips.com/article/introducing-our-2014-summer-hockey-camps/160445
Kent Youth Hockey
T-Birds Hockey School:http://www.kentvalleyhockey.com/images/Robby_Glantz_2014_Discount_Letter.pdf
Robby Glantz Power Skating:http://www.kentvalleyhockey.com/images/Robby_Glantz_2014_Discount_Letter.pdf
Non-Local, Scouted, Advanced Summer Development Opportunities
WWFHA recently concluded an informal email survey the majority of the Women’s NCAA Divisions I and III hockey coaches in the US regarding their opinions on:
(1) The top scouted Rep tournaments during the hockey season
(2) Girls’ hockey development and exposure opportunities for players looking to improve skills, be seen by collegiate coaches during the off-season, and compare themselves to other players nationally
Regarding off-season development, numerous NCAA coaches said that it was advisable at the younger ages to attend camps where players can develop, compete in their age group nationally, and be seen by as many collegiate coaches as possible all at once. Then, as players get older and narrow down their collegiate search, consider going to a specific college’s summer camp (if they have one) to get to know the campus, the coaches and players. This activity will help players determine whether the school and team are the best fit for their future and if they should apply for acceptance.
The following elite development off-season programs, through Rush Hockey, were mentioned the most by the NCAA coaches in our poll, and are listed by date. It is advisable to register early to secure your spot as these programs are highly desirable and fill up quickly. Please visit the Rush website to learn more and note information is subject to change. Also note that collegiate coaches and WWFHA are not endorsing any or all of these programs, but simply providing information based on feedback received from various sources.
RUSH HOCKEY: Showcases/Camps/Tournaments for Development
Overview: Kelly Katorji runs the Rush Hockey Showcases and the Beantown Summer Classic. Numerous NCAA coaches mention his programs and tournaments for development and being seen by collegiate coaches. He scouts players from all over North America and has almost every NCAA program coach and a number of CIS coaches working as part of his camp staff during the off-season. Coaches are on the ice to run practices, develop and interact with the players. These programs are primarily targeting to those players in grades 9 – 10.
More information at: https://www.rushhockey.ca/
Kelly Katorji contact info - email@example.com or call 519-664-1351
The following Rush development programs are available (check website for updates):
1. Rush Showcase Tournament 2014 (birth years 1997 – 2000) – Toronto, ON
Dates: June 5-8, 2014
Birth years: 1997-2000 (limited 2000 spots) –
Detail: Individual registration only – camp; goalies have to call for placement. This focuses on tournament play and less development.
WWFHA NOTE: Kelly suggests the 2-Day College Dev Camp later in June for more development; this is massive tournament, and while competitive, it does not provide the 1v1 development and on-ice connection to college coaches as much as the 2-Day Collegiate Development Camp mentioned below.
Location: Brampton Powerade Centre, Brampton Ontario Canada
More Info/Hotel/Register: https://www.rushhockey.ca/events-details.php?id=6
2. Rush Rising Stars Showcase (birth years 2000 – 2002) – Toronto, ON
Dates: June 6-8, 2014
Birth years: 2000, 2001, 2002
Overview: The goal of Pee Wee Rising Stars is to provide an elite playing environment in a tournament / showcase format and help educate younger girls and their parents on future opportunities. This is an elite event for the PeeWee division (and some Bantams), and at the same time, allow these players and parents a chance to get a glimpse of what girls hockey has in store for them in the future. Opportunity to watch the ‘SuperSeries’ tournament, which collegiate players compete.
WWFHA NOTE: While both NCAA and CIS coaches will be bench coaching, this is not focused on development. Kelly suggests this for the elite players in these age group that want to play in a tournament and not focus on practice development with collegiate coaches (example: those who made the USA Hockey District Camp for 2000 – 2002).
Location: Brampton Powerade Centre, Brampton Ontario Canada
More Info/Hotel/Register: https://www.rushhockey.ca/events-details.php?id=8
3. Rush Development 2-Day College Development Camp (birth years 1997 – 2002) – Etobioke, ON
Dates: June 28-29, 2014
1997 – 2000 Division
2001 – 2002 Division
Overview: unique opportunity to work with directly with collegiate coaches, get a lot of on-ice time (practice and games), develop hockey skills with collegiate coaches, and learn about scouting, recruitment and the state of girls’ hockey.
WWFHA NOTE: Kelly suggests for intermediate to advance players for development during practices and games with college coaches; great introduction to Rush programs, 1v1 with college coaches, and compete with/against national players at your age group.
College Coach Staff from: St. Lawrence University, RPI, Wisconsin, Union, UCONN, Brown, Vermont, St Cloud, Colgate, Maine, Northeastern and Quinnipaic
Location: Canlan Ice Sports Etobicoke – Etobicoke, ON (next to airport)
More Info/Register: https://www.rushhockey.ca/events-details.php?id=10
3. Beantown Summer Classic Tournament – Individuals & Teams – Boston, MA
Dates: July 24-27, 2014
Overview: The Beantown Classic allows individual and team entries for this tournament. This event is highly scouted. Typically, it helps to be seen at the Rush Camps and talk with Kelly where you will fit in at the Beantown Summer Classic.
WWFHA Note: tournament only; not for individual development; heavily scouted.
More information: http://beantownclassic.com/contents/women%E2%80%99s-beantown-classic/
Divisions / Age Groups / Level
INDIVIDUALS and TEAM: Future Division AAA – (1997, 1998, 1999)
97/98/99 birth girls (will allow 96’s and 95’s, contact Kelly for approval)
You may have an exclusive 97 birth team or an exclusive 98 birth team or a combination of all birth years
A complete 99 birth team will ONLY be given consideration only upon review of the talent level of the roster (must be a super elite team)
Care will be taken not to put teams into an inappropriate division
There may be a few exceptions to the rosters, all of which must be approved by Kelly Katorji
Girls committed to a college may play in this division, the key is keeping the division elite
*Individuals: If you don’t have a team to play on you may register as an individual by contacting Kelly via email (depends on the numbers of individual entries)
Other Development Programs
1. Green Mountain Development - Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association & University of Vermont
Dates: Aug. 4-8
Location: University of Vermont
Grades: 5th through 12th and Post Grads
Staff: NCAA DI & DIII college coaches as well as current or recently graduated college players.
Cost: $650 for boarding students ($450 for non-boarding).
2. NAHA Showcase / Tournament -
Dates: June 24-27, 2014
Location: at NAHA in Stowe, Vermont
Ages: Open to all high-school age players (entering grades 9-12)
Staff: NCAA DI & DIII college coaches and NAHA staff
Details: Team training session, small games tournament + off-ice strength and conditioning, recruiting process and round-table discussions.
Lodging: Not provided
More information: http://www.winter-hawks.org/page/show/199988-naha-showcase-information
Collegiate Camps - various times and locations
Brief Overview: Once you have identified your list of schools to which you would like to apply for admissions and their corresponding women’s ice hockey program, ensure that you can:
You can get into the school with your academic credentials
You can play at the level of their hockey team
List of Collegiate Camps
The following is a list of camps we can identify at this date. Research the school you are interested in and/or contact the coach to find out if they hold a summer camp in addition to this list (websites / links may be changes periodically or disconnected).
(new) University of Minnesota – Duluth – JULY 9th – JULY 13th, 2014
(new) Mercyhurst University - July 7 – 11, 2014
University of Maine:
University of New Hampshire:
University of Vermont:
University of Wisconsin:
[Zoe M. Harris] Zoë M. Harris grew up sailing and playing soccer in Rhode Island and later switched to ice hockey while at the University of Maine (’88-‘92). She has been a coach and administrator in the sport of hockey for over 20 years, most notably for the University of Washington men’s team (‘98 – ‘04) where the coaching staff were the first females to coach men’s college ice hockey. Zoë co-founded the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Women’s Division (‘00) and served as the Vice President for 4 years where members created the ‘Zoë M. Harris Player of the Year’ award in her honor. She was also recently inducted into the ACHA Hall of Fame (‘14) and received the ‘Builder Award.’ Zoë currently serves on the WWFHA Board. In the real world, she works for a high tech start-up in Seattle as the Director of Product Management.