NED Development Camps
To be able to understand NED CAMPS fairly, you need some background information. Some terms:
- NTDP- USA Hockey’s National Development Program for boys and girls
- NED- New England District (made up of 5 states- CT, ME, NH, RI & VT
- NED Development Camps-ALL players selected by each state secure a spot at the NED Camps held in the spring, late June and early July based on birth year
WHAT IS NED CAMPS
The objective of USA Hockey’s Player Development Program is to select and train the most competitive men’s and women’s ice hockey teams to represent the United States at the Olympic, National, National Junior and Select levels of international competition.
The attainment of this goal begins each summer as USA Hockey hosts a series of National Player Development Camps for boys players ages 15, 16 and 17 and girls players ages 15, 16, and 17. Nearly 1,300 athletes representing each of USA Hockey’s 11 Districts participate in the camps, which attract scouts and evaluators from every level of hockey. Camp participants receive on and off-ice training under the direction of leading USA Hockey coaches, along with current and former National Hockey League and Women’s National Team players. Participants are chosen through an evaluation process conducted at the local and District levels.
Within NED, it starts at each state's tryouts for boys ages 14 through 17. Girls ages 14-17 are done as a region and tryouts are done by the district.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT EVALUATION PROCESS
Each state in the New England District conducts tryouts to send representation to the New England Camps for Boys ages only. These 5 states include CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT. The goal is to send up to 17 best players (15 skaters and 2 goalies) from the state tryout at each of the boys' age groups (14-17) . Girls 14/15 and 16/17 age groups conducted as a New England District tryout in the fall in NH.
NEW ENGLAND District Camps
New England provides more player evaluation and player development after the New England Festival tournament is complete. New England provides a 3-4 day camp for the 14-17 , with the location to vary. The dates and locations of the camps will be announced at a later date. These camps are based on yearly cost and normally range from $600 to $800 per year, again depending on age groups and length of camp. This is to provide a setting that allows athletes to compete at their highest level. It is not a tournament, but rather a grueling few days of training and competition meant to showcase our players. Winning is not important. The top priority is players experience a camp of development, on ice and off ice knowledge and outstanding competition with a range of coaches from New England's Prep Schools and Colleges.
Players selected at their State's tryouts (Girls 14, 15, 16 & 17 at the NE tryouts) will be notified by NED how and when to sign up. Early sign up and attendance is recommended.