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The U16 age group is for players born in 2001 and 2002.  Highly skilled players born in 2003 and 2004 may try out for this age group.   For 2016, we will have 3 squads. The U16 Surge 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 U16 clubs in the country.  The U16 Surf and Swell squads are for the player who wants to continue improving their skills for competitive 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. 


Click here to read about U16 Head Coach Ashley Smelter-Kraft and Meg Dudek and our other Rapids coaching staff members.


Tryouts Details
Open tryouts registration is now open!  It is highly recommended that players attend 2 of the 3 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 3, 7-9 pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Wednesday October 12, 7-9 pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Sunday, October 16, 1-3 pm, Dulles Sportsplex



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 for the U16 Surge squad begin Tuesday November 1st and will run through Thursdays February 16th (except 11/24).  Practices for the U16 Surf and Swell squad will begin Week of November 14 and will run through February 17th (except 11/24 & 11/25).  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:
Surge and Surf practices:
Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Thursdays, 5:00-7:00pm, Dulles Sportsplex
Swell Practice:
Monday and Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Dulles Sports Plex
Goalie and shooting practices (optional):
Held once per week; Friday 8-9pm, Dulles Sportsplex


Explosive Performance through Sport & Health clubs is our conditioning partner.  Conditioning practices are included in the price and will be held at Herndon Worldgate Sport & Health Club for 13 weeks during the season on Wednesdays.  The Wednesday classes are mandatory for the U16 Surge squad unless excused for extenuating circumstances, i.e., distance to class is greater than 45 miles, extended illness, etc.  Classes will begin on Nov 30st and end on Feb. 22th and are from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Classes are optional for U16 Surf squad players but is highly encouraged.  Players may also participate in an optional Saturday class from 9:30am - 11:00am 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.

U16 Surge Squad: $1,400*
U16 Surf Squad: $1,000

We offer a payment plan oriented registration to help with the cost for indoor.  Surge squad players will pay $500 upon acceptance to the program (Oct), $450 due by Dec 5, and the balance of $450 due by Jan 5.  Surf 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.

* Should the U16 Surge Squad not qualify for the NITs as a result of their performance at the NIT Qualifier, a $250 reduction in fee will be applied for NITs.


All players must buy a Rapids uniform at the time of squad acceptance.  Delivery takes 6 weeks.  Uniform consists of navy 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 U16 Surge Squad will attend 6 tournaments plus NITs if Qualifier* is won:

  • Sat Dec 10:  Keystone Open IFH Championship, Utz Arena, 331 Carlisle Ave, York, PA  17403
  • Sun Dec 18: U16 NIT Qualifer, United Sports, 1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd.      Downingtown, PA
  • Sun Jan 15:   Rapids Invitational Play Day, Dulles Sportsplex, 21610 Atlantic Blvd, Sterling, VA 20166
  • Sat Jan 28:  Training Center Tournament, 88 Wells Road, Spring City, PA 19475
  • Sat Feb 11:  Spooky Nook Tournament, 2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Sun Feb 25:  Savage Sportsplex MD, 8751 Freestate Dr., #100, Laurel, MD 20723
  • NITs should the team qualify and be selected by USAFH for this event;  NITs to be held February 17-19, 2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA 17545

*Qualifier locations chosen by USA FH from club's 1st, 2nd & 3rd choice picks.  Please see dates and locations for U16 Qualifiers by clicking here.  We will post information regarding Qualifier as soon as we have it.



The U16 Surf and Swell Squads 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 7:  Savage Sportsplex MD, 8751 Freestate Dr., #100, Laurel, MD 20723
  • Sat Jan 28: Bmore Bash, Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • Sun Feb 19: Mid Atlantic Indoor Club FH Championship, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043


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