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2020 Spring Program Info

By Shannon Brown, 01/27/20, 9:00AM CST


Spring 2020 Program Announcement


We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 program plans. We have planned a full array of options with every family in mind. We know there is still plenty of hockey to be played for the fall season but we wanted to get these details out as soon as possible.

Be on the lookout for program dates and registration links with pricing details in the coming weeks.  The full list of our program details can be found below.

Spring Skill Sessions:

We are continuing our advanced skill sessions into spring. These sessions will be more specifically tailored to age groups and the developmental needs for each group. Each of these age specific sessions will work on skills to help continue to mold our players into well rounded athletes on the ice. We are encouraging any player looking to try out for both Spring Tournament Teams and Fall Birthyear Travel teams to participate in the skills sessions. Sessions will run the first 2 weeks in March.

Checking Clinic:

All first year Co-Ed14U players (2007's) must complete 2 hours of checking clinics BEFORE they begin play in 2020 spring season. 

Checking Clinics will feature proper balance and stance for RECEIVING a check, proper angles to use when GIVING a check and most importantly, how best to AVOID a check. 

The clinic is recommended for all Co-Ed 14U players and Co-Ed second year 12U players.  Players will be paired up by size when checking.

Cost of the clinic is $50 for first time participants, $25 for players that have completed a clinic in the past. 

Players must participate in at least 2 to meet state and USA Hockey requirements. Clinics will run throughout the month of March to allow for greater participation. 

Spring Tournament Teams:

For our travel players and those seeking a higher level of competition (perspective travel players), we are offering the opportunity to participate in tournaments during the spring season. Each Tournament Team will compete in 2 spring tournaments and teams will be determined by birth year, with the potential option for mixed birth year teams depending on turnout volume. 

In preparation for our Fall travel teams that will participate in LCAHL, the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 birthyear teams will participate in the Chi-Town Shuffle & The Chicago Shootout unless the Gauntlet is a better option to tier for LCAHL. All other birth year teams will participate in any two of the options listed below determined by our hockey coordinators.

Please note that tournament teams are highly competitive and not all players who tryout will be guaranteed a spot on a team. Assessments will take place in mid-March for all tournament teams.

Tournament Team fees will be divided among the players participating on the team for each individual tournament.  

Tournament Options:

  • Chi-Town Shuffle April 17th-19th
  • Chicago Shootout May 1st-3rd
  • Chicago King of the Rings April 10th-12th
  • Chicago Spring Classic April 24th-26th
  • Gauntlet (Detroit) for LCAHL teams April 24th-26th 

Southwest Spring League:

This spring, St. Jude will be placing a limited number of teams in the SWSL (Bronze Travel & House players). 

  • 6 teams will be placed in SWSL:  Co-Ed 8U, Girls 10U, Co-Ed 10U, Girls 12U, Co-Ed 12U and Co-Ed 14U.  
  • As the new age divisions apply starting with spring, the age levels birthyear breakdown will be: 8U - 2012-2013, 10U - 2010-2011, 12U - 2008-2009 and 14U - 2006-2007. 
  • Each team will have 1 weekly split-ice practice and place approximately 6-8 games. 
  • Players will be required to have a St. Jude reversible jersey which will be available for purchase if needed.  If a player's reversible jersey fits and is in good condition from the 2019-20 season, they may use it and will not require a new jersey. 

St. Jude will have one team per level and as such, a limited number of spots will be available for these teams.  Teams will be selected on a placement basis. 

Placements will take place in late March with team practices beginning in early April and running to late May. 

League Details

  • SIX total regular season games - 3 Home and 3 Away
  • Season begins on Thursday, April 9th
  • Season ends on Sunday, May 17th
  • Re-tiering on Wednesday, May 20th
  • Single-game elimination tournament played Friday, May 29th through Sunday, May 31st

Clover Cup ADM Jamboree:

This spring we will be launching our inaugural Clover Cup ADM Jamboree on March 21 & 22, 2020. The event will offer half-ice games for the 2013 age group and cross-ice games for the 2014 and younger age group.  Each division will host up to 6 teams and has a 4-game guarantee.  Our Pre-Hockey program coordinator will share additional information as we get closer to the event. 

Little Knights Program:

St. Jude will be offering a spring Little Knights Learn to Play (ADM) session.

  • 14 fun skates - 2 per week starting in early April and ending before Memorial Day weekend with one day as skills and the other cross-ice games.
  • Designed for players born in 2011 or younger who have basic skating experience.
  • ADM (American Development Model) skill and techniques integrated into the program.
  • All players must have full hockey gear.

Learn to Skate Program:

St. Jude will be offering a spring Learn to Skate session starting in early April and concluding in May before Memorial Day weekend. 

  • 7 engaging sessions
  • Effective skating skills infused in the program to develop future hockey players.
  • Designed for participants aged 3-8.
  • All skating sessions will be at Southwest Ice Arena.