Girls High Performance 16 & 17 Structure
Girls’ 16’s (Born 1997) and 17’s (Born 1996) Program Structure:
The High Performance 16/17 program consists of four distinct phases as follows:
Each of the 8 Girls’ Minnesota High School Hockey Sections (A and
AA) conducts try-outs in their Section with a minimum of 30-40 players per Section. The
try-out process collectively allows a minimum of 240-320 players to participate. These
try-outs occur in March each year with 20 players selected to represent their Section
in the High Performance 16 and 17 Spring Festival. Each candidate will receive 4.5 hours of ice
time and a participant jersey. All candidates in these age classes are required to
complete a USAH registration form on-line and pay all appropriate fees electronically
prior to any on-ice participation.
Try-out Dates: March 1st-April 1st, 2013
Try-outs are held at various arenas by Section. A list of firm tryout Dates, by section, will be posted by December 1st.
Spring Festival Weekend:
The eight Festival teams have a maximum of 4.5 hours of practice ice that they may use at
the coaches discretion. All 8 teams play three games at the festival and each player is
evaluated by a experienced team of evaluators and coaches. The Spring Festival showcases
the top 160 16 and 17 year old players in the state. 54 players are chosen from the Festival
to advance to the Final “54”. All players in these age classes are required to pay the Festival fees electronically prior to on-ice participation.
Dates: April 19th-21st, 2013 at Plymouth Ice Center
Following the Festival, 54 players are invited to participate in the Final “54”
Try-out. The Final “54” players will be divided up into three teams and have a team
practice on Friday and games on Saturday within their age-group. On Sunday they will
play cross-over games with the other age-group. A team of knowledgeable coaches
and scouts will evaluate all participants, consult with team coaches and select the top
players from both the Advanced 16’s & 17’s. Selected players will represent Minnesota
Hockey at the USA Hockey National Select 16 and Select 17 Festivals in the summer.
All Final “54” players in these age classes are required to pay the Final “54” fees
electronically prior to on-ice participation.
Dates: April 25th-28th, 2013 at Plymouth Ice Center
National Select 16/17 Camp:
The top 20-25 players (as determined by USA Hockey) from the High Performance16/17 Camps are selected to participate in the National Select 16/17 camps operated by USA Hockey and coached by the top college coaches from across the country. These are 7 day residence camps held at different locations across the US each year and the teams are comprised of players from all over the United States.
Select 17’s-4 teams (each team: 10 forwards, 7 defense and 2 goalies) = 76 players
Select 16’s-6 teams (each team: 9 forwards, 6 defense, 2 goalies) = 102 players. Dates and Locations to be determined by USA Hockey and will be posted on the Minnesota Hockey website as soon as they are made available.
Director Girls’ High Performance 16’s & 17’s Programs