2019/20 Girls Development Program
We are currently in the process of finalizing our Girls Development Program (GDP) for the 2019-20 season. With the help of Winterhawks Jr. Hockey (WJH), we have secured ice on Monday and Thursday evenings at Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton.
Our season, like WJH, will run for 24 weeks (up from 18 like last season) from September through March. Also like last season, all GDP players must also participate in another hockey program such as WJH's Metro or our most amazing Girls House Program. (What can we say, we're a bit biased!) Please click here for more info on our new House program which will feature lots of GAME DAYS, particularly for older players.
At this time, we are planning to have 12U, 14U, and 16U GDP teams with the ice time allotted. We are trying to get additional ice for a 10U GDP. More info on all teams below.
To find out what team your player is eligible for, please check out this link for USA Hockey age designations.
OVERVIEW OF TEAMS
14U GDP and 16U GDP - Our hope is to hold two evaluations for all 14U and 16U players interested in the GDP between now and August. (This way, if a player misses one or moves to Portland this summer, she could attend the later eval.) We are currently talking with the Train Station staff to offer dry-land training for these teams. GDP teams will also be offered 3 tournaments (with the option of doing more if families express interest).
12U GDP - We will hold the 12U evals for the GDP in August at the same time as the WJH's evals like we did last year. We are currently talking with the Train Station staff in an effort to offer dry-land training as well as 3 tournaments.
10U GDP - We're facing some challenges finding ice for this group that would not conflict with 10U metro programs. We are working to find additional ice but the primary option available right now is before school at an early hour. If we can't find ice that does not conflict, we will do our best to still offer tournament play throughout the season for 10U players. We know many of you would like to have a 10U GDP team. Believe me, we would too! Unfortunately, we just don't have additional options for ice, other than what's noted here.
REGISTRATION will open in coming weeks.
MANDATORY - Please note: (1) Every player requires a valid 2019/20 USA Hockey membership number to register with RCHC. (2) All players are responsible for bringing their own mouth guards (and, yo, wearing ';em or doing sprints). (3) Players doing dry-land training are required to bring sticks, gloves, helmets and suitable athletic shoes.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Our scholarship window for the Girls Dev Program & RCHC's regular season will be open in coming weeks. Please check this space for details.
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Changes to Rink Schedule: Sometimes rinks have last-minute changes to their schedules. We'll do our best to minimize the impact on your player's experience and on our program overall. Thanks for your patience & understanding.
Psst: Hey, what's a development program?
Good question. Development programs are designed for players who are committed to playing competitively. Such players are often hoping to play college hockey and beyond. In addition, a development program is often a stepping stone between a regular season/house program and a travel team. A House program often involves little or no tournament travel while the latter, a travel team, often involves up to 7-8 tournaments per season. Our development program will offer 3 tournaments with the option of doing more (if there are enough families interested in doing so).
Our Girls Development Program (known as the GDP) is intended for competitive players with considerable hockey experience. They will need to participate in an evaluation skate to be part of the program. They will also be required to play in another hockey program (such as RCHC's regular season or WJH's metro league) and do dry-land training. Ice times will focus on individual skill and team development. RCHC goal is to raise the overall level of play, meet developmental needs, foster team play, and support player retention.
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