WINTER 2016-17 DETAILS
The U14 age group is for players born in 2003 and 2004. Highly skilled players born in 2005 and 2006 may try out for U14. For 2016, we will have 2 squads. The U14 Force squad is for the very competitive and committed indoor field hockey player who is dedicated to training, conditioning and competing against some of the top U14 clubs in the country. The U14 Fury squad is for the player who wants to continue improving their skills to get ready for high school play while attending local area playing opportunities. 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.
The U14 Force Squad will be participating in the Junior Premier Indoor League which will be held at the dates and locations below. JPIL is a competitive indoor league held in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Click here to read about U14 Head Coach Brooke Edwards and our other Rapids coaching staff members.
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 Sep 26th, 7-9 pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Tuesday October 11th, 5-7pm, Dulles Sportsplex
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS
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 14 and will run through Wednesday, March 1 for the U14 Force squad. The U14 Fury squad will begin Monday, November 14 and will run through Wednesday, February 15. 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.
Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, 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 The Thursday classes are mandatory for the U14 Force squad unless excused for extenuating circumstances, i.e., distance to class is greater than 45 miles, extended illness, etc. Classes will begin on Dec 1st and end on Feb. 23rd. Classes are optional for U14 Fury squad players but is highly encouraged. Players may also participate in an optional Saturday class from 9:30 am - 11 am at Herndon Worldgate Sport & Health during the season.
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.
U14 Force Squad (6 JPIL dates) plus NITS: $1,400
U14 Fury Squad: $1,000
We offer a payment plan oriented registration to help with the cost for indoor. Force squad players will pay $500 upon acceptance to the program (early Oct), $450 due by Dec 5, and the balance of $450 due by Jan 5. Fury squad players will pay $500 upon acceptance to the program (early Oct), $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 U14 Force Squad will attend JPIL tournaments plus NITs:
Saturday, Keystone Games, December 10, 2016 at the York Expo Center UTZ Arena in York, PA
- Sun Dec 18: 1st JPIL games, Marple Sports Arena, 611 South Parkway, Broomall, PA 19008
- Sat Jan 14: 2nd JPIL games, 422 Sportsplex, 1400 Industrial Highway, Pottstown, PA 19464
- Sat Jan 21: 3rd JPIL games, 8751 Freestate Drive, Laurel, MD 20723
- Sun Jan 22: 4th JPIL games, 8751 Freestate Drive, Laurel, MD 20723
- Sat Feb 4: 5th JPIL games, 422 Sportsplex, 1400 Industrial Highway, Pottstown, PA 19464
- Sat Feb 25: 6th JPIL games, 422 Sportsplex, 1400 Industrial Highway, Pottstown, PA 19464
- Fri Mar 3-Sun Mar 5: National Indoor Tournament,** 2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
The U14 Fury Squad will attend 5 tournaments:
- 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
- Sat Feb 4: Spooky Nook, 2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
- Sun Feb 19: Mid Atlantic Indoor Club FH Championship, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
** 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. The cost for this is not included in the program price. Details regarding the hotel will be released after selections to the squad. When a club blocks their rooms, players only have 10 days after that to make their reservations.
Ad hoc tournaments may be added depending on coach availability and parent/player interest.