The Girls 14 and Girls 15 programs are unique in that they draw from a wide range of teams ranging from 12U up to high school teams. Even though some players are in the high school ranks, tryouts occur and teams are formed based on what Minnesota Hockey district players live in.
Depending on the number of players in that district, there may be an open tryout or players may be required to receive a nomination from their coach. All high school coaches are strongly encouraged to nominate their age-eligible players to District GM's, as high school players aren’t included in typical notification lists provided to GM’s.
After the initial tryout, districts hold a series of skill sessions. These are designed to provide development opportunities to a larger group of players before the final district team is selected for the Spring Festival.
The Spring Festivals, which include three games against other district teams, will be held on April 23-25. The Girls 14 Festival will take place at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, and the Girls 15 Festival will be held at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, MN. During the Spring Festival games, players will be evaluated for the chance to participate in a HP Summer Camp, which will be held in St. Cloud in June.
At the Girls 15 level, players at the HP Summer Camp shall be evaluated for the opportunity to advance to USA Hockey National Development Camp later in the summer.
To learn more about the process in your district, contact the appropriate district General Manager (GM) for the Girls 14 or Girls 15 program. High school players who are age-eligible for these programs should contact their District GM.