Girls' Multi-District Player Development Camp - Cancellation
USA Hockey Multi-District Girls' Development Camp - June 6-10, 2020
March 20, 2020
Dear USA Hockey Pacific District Member,
At this time, the USA Hockey Pacific District Board of Directors is cancelling all 2020 District Player Development Camps, and Multi-District Player Development Camps given the strong recommendation by USA Hockey Leadership.
Under this direction, the USA Hockey Pacific District Board of Directors is cancelling the following events effective immediately:
- 2020 Pacific District Boys Player Development Camp (May 7-10, Las Vegas, NV)
- 2020 Girls Multi-District Player Development Camp (June 6-10, Colorado Springs, CO)
- 2020 Western Regional Select 14 High Performance Camp (June 14-19, Colorado Springs, CO)
Our Board understands the importance of these camps to our young players and appreciate their hard work and commitment this season. This is not our desired result, but player safety, and uncertainty of this pandemic led to this decision. Further, this decision comes after hours of discussions with administrators around the United States inclusive of the USA Hockey Youth Council, USA Hockey Girls/Women's Section, and USA Hockey Player Development Committee.
The USA Hockey Pacific District has directed full refunds to registered participants, through Rocky Mountain Register (RMR), of our USA Hockey Player Development Program. Further I would encourage those families taking advantage of the Red Rock Hotel Friends & Family Rate to cancel in a timely manner.
Again, the Board apologizes for these unforeseen circumstances and looks forward to continuing our programs in 2021. If you have any further questions or feedback, I would be happy to discuss further at your convenience.
Kris Knauss, Chairman
USA Hockey Pacific District
Member, USA Hockey Youth Council
Member, USA Hockey Player Development Committee
The Pacific District Select Camp is held each June at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, as part of the Multi-District Development and Evaluation Camp. The Multi-District includes Pacific, Rocky Mountain, and Northern Plains.
Similar Pacific District Select Camp is designed to mimic the National Camp in its format. With the exception of the 14U players, the Pacific District and Rocky Mountain District will use the Multi-District Development Camp to select players to the National Camp.
The Multi-District Development Camp takes place than each participating District has done in past years. For most players these new camp dates conflict less with school commitments. Other advantages include: NCAA D-I coaches’ involvement with all aspects of the on-ice and off-ice camp experience, players from three USAH Districts participating in the Multi-District Camp should increase the level of competition, and the location will help attract more coaches and scouts to see the players in action. In addition, the current Multi-District camp format provides the “value-added” piece players and parents have been asking for; while at the same time, providing USA Hockey with the ability to identify players tracking towards the National Camp and potential National Team placement.
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 the three participating Districts.
Why should 14U players attend the Multi-District camp if no 14U National Camp?
Besides the opportunity to “be seen” by a significant number of coaches and scouts, this camp provides huge player development opportunities and will enable the 14U player to experience what they will see at the Multi-District Evaluation Camp the following year when the camp is used to select players to the National 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 team leader, upon arrival and will be on the ice with NCAA College, Tier I, Prep School, and USAH National personnel twice a 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, Pacific District and Rocky Mountain District players will be evaluated for selection to the National USA Hockey Select Camps according to specific birth years.
How will players advance to the National Camp?
All of the camp’s on-ice instructors and coaches are 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. From there, and based on the allocations allotted to the Pacific District and Rocky Mountain District, players will be selected to advance to the 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 and 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U 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 holds 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 (State) camp, then you 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.
Contact your Affiliate and your State Player Development Camp Director for details and to make arrangements.
Where will the Camp be held?
The camp will be held in Colorado Springs, CO on the campus of Colorado College in June. A schedule will be posted on each of the three District’s websites by May 1st. The Camp schedule will be subject to minor changes, however, the Camp’s start and end times will not change to enable participants to make their travel arrangements well in advance of the camp. 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 five minute bus ride from the Colorado College campus.
What is the registration procedure?
For the selected and invited players, the registration process will be online through Rocky Mountain Registrar. Each player will receive an email telling them what procedures to follow online. Each year a deadline is set to complete the registration process. If a player fails to meet the deadline they run the risk of losing their spot in the camp. If you’re having difficulty in meeting the time line, please communicate with us, and we will help work it out. After registering, each player will receive a “Player’s Packet” with additional Camp specific information and check-in procedures.
How much does the Camp cost?
In the past the cost for the Multi-District Camp has run between $625 and $675/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. They will be very busy. You may 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:
Email: Goeff Pahkowski - Phone: (602) 376-6722 (mobile)
Email: Kathy McGarrigle – Phone: (714) 342-7347 (mobile)
Email: Steve Laing - Phone: (909) 224-5747 (mobile)