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Boys Player Development

The Boys Player Development Process in Illinois

It is important to understand that different entities are involved in the development process for youth hockey in the United States. USA Hockey is the governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. USA Hockey is divided into twelve geographic districts. The States of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin comprise the Central District. AHAI, the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, is a sanctioned affiliate of USA Hockey and the governing body of Illinois amateur hockey. USA Hockey, the Central District and AHAI work in concert with one another to promote the development of youth hockey players. You can get the latest information online from the USA Hockey website (www.usahockey.com), and the AHAI website (www.ahai.org).

This outline describes various player development opportunities available through AHAI, the Central District and USA Hockey. AHAI sponsored events include the “Opportunities in Hockey” Seminar, America’s Showcase for High School aged players and the AHAI Boys’ Development Camp. The Central District hosts the Central District Development Camp and USA Hockey presents National Development Camps.

AHAI/USA Hockey Player Development Events In Chronological Order:

March 20-22, 2020
USAH/AHAI Boys Player Development/Identification Camp
(2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 birth years)
AHAI Hockey Center, Bensenville, Illinois

May 8-10, 2020
USAH Central District Boys Player Development Camp Tryouts
(2003, 2004 & 2005 birth years)
St. Peters, Missouri

June 15-20, 2020
USAH Central District (IL, MO, MW, WI)
Boys Bantam Camp (2006’s only)
Iowa State University — Ames, Iowa

USA Hockey will host more than 1,100 hockey players at seven player development camps over a six-week period beginning in June of 2018. The events will be split between various locations around the United States.

The weeklong sessions provide many of the United States' finest young hockey players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction, as well as the chance to compete against other top players from their age group.

Each of the Boys' Select Player Development Camps will feature teams of 18 players. The Boys' Select 17 (2003) and Select 16 (2004) Player Development Camps will have 10 teams, while the Boys' Select 15 (2005) Player Development Camp will feature 12 teams.

The Boys' Select 14 (2006) USA Hockey Central District Player Development Camp will have 8 teams.

The Girls' Select 15 Player Development Camps will showcase six teams of 17 players, while the Girls' Select U18 Player Development Camp will have eight teams of 19 players.

In addition, the Sled Hockey Player Development Camp will offer instruction to more than 60 disabled athletes.

The 2020 USA Hockey Player Development Camp Schedule Dates and Locations for all the Boys, Girls and Sled Camps will be determined and announced shortly by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee.

2020 USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Schedule‚Ä® Dates & Player Development Camp Locations
in Chronological Order:

Opportunities in Hockey (College Night) – October 8, 2018
Woodfield Hyatt, Schaumburg, IL

The Hockey Season begins with this seminar held during October on Columbus Day every hockey season. Next year the Seminar will be held on October 8, 2018 and is designed for all Bantam, Midget and High School age players who have not attended an AHAI College Prep Seminar in the past. This seminar is important for those players wishing to participate in AHAI Player Development events, and/or players who wish to tryout for the prestigious America’s Showcase team when they become Juniors and Seniors in High School. All other High School age players as well as parents and coaches are welcome and encouraged to attend this very informative event.

The theme of the evening discusses opportunities after youth hockey. Multiple high powered speakers from the NCAA, ACHA, Juniors and Prep Schools discuss what it takes to get to the next level. They discuss what is required other than hockey skills? How do I do it ? How do I get noticed ? They present NCAA and the new stricter rules for admittance for athletes. Making the grade - How important is it? Should I play Juniors before college?

March 23-25, 2018 - AHAI Player Development Camp
AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois

The AHAI Player Development Camp will be held at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville. Players invited to this camp are selected from the list of players recommended by the coaches in Illinois as well as from previous evaluation records. This year we will be inviting (68) players at each of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 & 2004 age levels to participate in several games to evaluate their skills and talent at this point in the season. Some of the players who participate in this AHAI Camp will be invited back to try-out for the Select 15, 16, and 17 USA Hockey National Development Camps. Those
try-outs are May 11-13, 2018 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A certain number of players born in 2004 will be selected from this Camp to attend the In-District Bantam Development Camp June 17-22, 2018 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

May 11-13, 2017 - Central District Development Camp Tryouts
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Central District will hold tryouts for the Select 15, 16, and 17 USA Hockey Development Camps on May 11-13, 2018 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Each Affiliate sends its best players at pre- determined positions to tryout for the USA Hockey Development Camps. The players are placed on four teams and play a series of games as well as participating in specific skills drills. The coaching staff and District evaluators select the best players to represent our District at the Development Camps and the USA Hockey Select Camps which are held at a location to be determined shortly by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee. Players from these teams may be selected to participate on the USA Hockey National Teams or the USA Hockey Standing Team based in Plymouth, Michigan. Costs associated with this process include a player fee for tryouts, transportation, rooming and meals during the tryouts, and a nominal player team fee if the player is selected for a team. USA Hockey sponsors the housing and meals for the players and staff at the Festivals. AHAI subsidizes a portion of the cost for this Camp.

June 17-22, 2018 - In-District Bantam Camp
Iowa State University — Ames, Iowa

The Central District holds its own player development camp during the summer. The location of the Central District’s Boys Bantam Development Camp varies from year to year and this coming summer will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The 2018 Central District Boys Bantam Development Camp will be June 17-22, 2018. The goal of the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp is to provide a week-long skill development program for boys 14 years of age. Each State within the Central District is allotted a number of spots in the Central District Boys
In-District Bantam Development Camp depending on the overall number of boys registered in such State. Each State is responsible for selecting boys who will represent that State at the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp. From AHAI’s Player Development Camp on March 23-25, 2018 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois, 2004 birth year Boys will be selected to represent Illinois at the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp and will be notified directly by AHAI shortly after their selection. Illinois players selected to participate in the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp pay a bus fee (TBD) for their transportation and also pay a player fee (TBD) which includes the cost of lodging and meals at the Camp.

June 17-22, 2018 - Central District Development Camp
Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Central District holds its District wide Boys player development camp during the early summer before the National Camps begin. The location of the Central District’s Boys Development Camp varies from year to year and this coming summer will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsibn. The 2018 Central District Boys Development Camp will be June 17 - 22, 2018.

National Development Camps — Various Dates and Locations:

Boys 17 (2001) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY 
June 26th – June 2nd, 2018

Boys Select 16 (2002) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY
July 7th – July 13th, 2018

Boys Select 15 (2003) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY —
July 15th – July 20th, 2018

Sled Hockey Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY —
July 8th - July 13th, 2018

Girls U18 National Development Select Camp
(2001-2002 with a limited amount by invite only of 2003)
Location: Harold Alfond Forum, Biddeford, Maine
June 23rd – June 29th, 2018

Girls U18 (2001-2003) Player Development Camp
Herb Brooks National Ice Center - St Cloud, MN 
July 14th – July 20th, 2018

Girls 15 (2004) Player Development Camp
Herb Brooks National Ice Center - St Cloud, MN 
July 7th – July 11th, 2018