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The U12 age group is for players born in 2005 and 2006.  Highly skilled players born in 2007 and 2008 may try out for U14.  For 2016-17, we plan to have an A Squad and will add a B Squad if there is enough interest.  There will also be opportunities for development for those interested in playing/training for indoor but not necessarily able to commit to traveling to tournaments. 


Click here to read about out U12 Head Coach Caitlin Baker and her assistant Casey Heely our other Rapids coaching staff members.


Tryouts Details
Open tryouts registration is now open!  It is highly recommended that players attend both tryouts but it is not required.  Tryout fee will be $25.  Players should wear court shoes or sneakers, have indoor sticks, gloves (optional but highly recommended), mouth guard, and shin guards. 

If for some reason you cannot attend either tryout date, please for a make up date.

Monday, October 17th from 5-7pm at Dulles Sports Plex
Wednesday, October 19th from 5-7pm at Dulles Sports Plex


Squad Selections
Squad selections are based on skill level and the commitment required for tournaments.  Developmental squads will be included based on availability - we want everyone to play who is interested!  Squads will have a minimum of 9 players each.  Players will be evaluated on overall hockey skills, athleticism, fitness level, needs of the team (position & skill versatility), attitude, behavior, and participation. 

Athletes will receive selection notification by e-mail within 2 days of the final tryout date.  Athletes will be given 24 hours to accept their selection and register using the link sent with their selection notification. 


Practices begin Monday November 17th and will run through February 22nd.  All players are expected to arrive at practice a few minutes early to help set up the courts and stay for a few minutes after to help take down the courts.  Players need to maintain a high attendance rate throughout the season for this program.  All practices take place at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA. 

Practice details:
Mondays, 5:00-7:00pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00pm, Dulles Sportsplex

Goalie and shooting practices (optional):
Held once per week; Friday 7-8pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Explosive Performance through Sport & Health clubs is our conditioning partner.  Conditioning practices are included in the price and will be held at Brambleton Sport & Health Club for 13 weeks during the season on Thursdays from 6:45pm - 8:15pm.  Classes will begin on Dec 1st and end on Feb. 23rd.  Players may also participate in an optional Saturday class from 9:00 am - 10:00am at Herndon Worldgate Sport & Health during the season.


Program Pricing
Program pricing per squad includes all practices, tournaments, and coach expenses.  Player transportation, accommodations, and meals related to tournaments are the responsibility of the player and are not included in the fees.

U12 Squad: $1,000

We offer a payment plan oriented registration to help with the cost for indoor.  All players will pay $500 upon acceptance to the program (late Oct/early Nov), $250 due by Dec 5, and the balance of $250 due by Jan 5.


All players must buy a Rapids uniform at the time of squad acceptance.  Delivery takes 6 weeks.  Uniform consists of skirt and white home jersey and navy away jersey and costs $108 tax included.  Players are responsible for having white and navy socks to go with the uniform.  Players will also need 3 inch compression shorts to wear under the skirt. 


The U12 Squad will attend 4 tournaments. Identified Tournaments are below - dates and tournaments are subject to change based on availability 

  • Sun Dec 11:  H20 Developmental Teams Tournament, Community College of Baltimore County - Dundalk Campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD  21222
  • Sun Jan 15:  Rapids Invitational Play Day, Dulles Sportsplex, 21610 Atlantic Blvd, Sterling, VA 20166
  • Sat Jan 28: Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • Sun Feb 5th:  Spooky Nook, 75 Champ Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Sun Feb 19th:  Mid-Atlantic Indoor Club FH Championship, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicot City, MD 21043

USA Field Hockey's 3 day National Indoor Tournament is scheduled at Spooky Nook starting Fri, Feb. 24th - Sun, Feb. 26th.  We have been participating in this event for the last 3 years.  U12 teams may attend this event on a first come registration basis.  The cost to add this event would be $253 to the club to cover the tournament fee and coach expenses. USA Field Hockey has a “Stay to Play” policy on National Events.  We will be required to stay as a team at a designated hotel the Friday and Saturday of the event.  We will add this event if there is sufficient interest from parents & players to attend.

Ad hoc tournaments may be added depending on coach availability and parent/player interest.