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2018 Fall Program Information

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2018 FALL PROGRAM

• Travel Fall Focus Camp and Evaluations

• House Fall Focus Camp and Evaluations

• Checking Clinic

2018 Fall Focus Pre-Season Camps

St. Jude’s annual Pre-Season Fall Focus Camps are a great way for your player to get back on the ice in August so that he or she is ready for the fall season when travel league try-outs and house league placements are held in early September. St. Jude's Hockey Directors and Coordinators have created an up-tempo and rigorous instruction plan to advance the skills of each player. Goalie instruction will be provided.

Register for Fall Focus at the following link

8U Mite Fall Focus Camp

St. Jude will offer a  pre-season focus and assessment camp for all 8U mite players, regardless if they are pursuing travel or house programs.  We have learned that at ages 8 and under, it does more harm than good to put these players in a formal, high-stress try-out setting where players are observed over only one or two sessions. The players perform much better when they are observed by directors and coaches over several station-oriented practice sessions with players of similar experience and skill. Directors and coaches will use the first camp session to place players into groups and may redistribute players throughout the duration of the camp to ensure that players are appropriately challenged and playing with and against players of similar skill and experience levels. The coaches will assess each player’s core hockey skills such as skating, stops, turns, crossovers, and stickhandling.   At the conclusion of the camp, players will be ready to participate in the travel try-outs and/or house placements but their score will not be entirely based upon those 1 or 2 skates but rather their focus camp period.  This gives the directors a better indication of the players ability and keeps the stress lower for the players.

The cost of the camp is $300 and includes six sessions. Players who register by July 31st  will receive an early-bird discount and will be charged only $275.

 

8U Mite Fall Focus Camp Schedule

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Mon Aug 13 5:30 6:30 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus
Wed Aug 15 5:40 6:40 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus
Mon Aug 20 5:30 6:30 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus
Wed Aug 22 5:40 6:40 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus
Mon Aug 27 5:30 6:30 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus
Wed Aug 29 5:40 6:40 SIA 8U (All) Fall Focus

Travel Focus Camps

Players who anticipate trying-out for travel-level co-ed teams that will compete in NIHL are encouraged to register for the Travel Focus Camp. The cost of the camp is $375 and includes six sessions. In addition, St. Jude will waive the travel tryout fee ($325) for all travel focus camp participants.  If a player is not selected for a NIHL team, the player may also participate in all NWHL placement sessions at no additional charge.

Players who register for the travel focus camp by July 31st  will receive an early-bird discount and will be charged only $350.

Please note that all NIHL Focus camp sessions can be held at Southwest Ice Arena or Oak Lawn Ice Arena.

Participating in the Focus Camp is highly encouraged.  Please note that Focus Camp fees can not be prorated

Travel Fall Focus Camp Schedule

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Mon Aug 6 5:30 6:30 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 8 5:40 6:40 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Mon Aug 13 6:40 7:40 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 21 5:40 6:40 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 28 5:40 6:40 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 30 5:50 6:50 SIA Travel - 10U Fall Focus
Mon Aug 6 6:40 7:40 SIA Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 14 8:00 9:00 SIA Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 21 6:50 7:50 SIA Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 23 5:50 6:50 SIA Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 28 5:45 6:45 OL Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 29 6:50 7:50 SIA Travel - 12U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 8 8:00 9:00 SIA Travel - 14U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 16 8:10 9:10 SIA Travel - 14U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 21 8:00 9:00 SIA Travel - 14U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 23 7:00 8:00 SIA Travel - 14U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 28 7:00 8:00 OL Travel - 14U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 29 8:00 9:00 SIA Travel - 14U Fall Focus

All Girls Focus Camp

Girl players who anticipate trying out for any of St. Jude’s all-girls team are encouraged to register for the All-Girls Focus Camp. The cost of the camp is $375 and includes six sessions. In addition, St. Jude will waive the all-girls tryout fee ($325) for all All-Girls Focus Camp participants. If a player is not selected for an all-girls team, the player may also participate in all NWHL placement sessions at no additional charge.

Players who register by July 31st will receive an early-bird discount and will be charged only $350..

Please note that all All-Girl Focus camp sessions can be held at Southwest Ice Are or  Oak Lawn Ice Arena.

Participating in the Focus Camp is highly encouraged.  Please note that Focus Camp fees can not be prorated

All Girls Focus Camp Schedule

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Wed Aug 1 5:20 6:20 SIA Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 7 6:50 7:50 SIA Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 9 5:50 6:50 SIA Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 22 6:50 7:50 SIA Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 28 8:00 9:00 SIA Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
TBD Post Sep 1st TBD TBD TBD Girls 8U/10U/12U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 1 6:30 7:30 SIA Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 7 8:00 9:00 SIA Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus
Thu Aug 9 7:00 8:00 SIA Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus
Wed Aug 22 8:00 9:00 SIA Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus
Tue Aug 28 6:50 7:50 SIA Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus
TBD Post Sep 1st TBD TBD TBD Girls 14U/16U/19U Fall Focus

House Focus Camp

Players who anticipate playing on a house-level team that will compete in the NWHL are encouraged to register for the House Focus Camp. The cost of the camp is $250 and includes six sessions. In addition, St. Jude will waive the house placement fee ($50) for all house focus camp participants.

Players who register by July 31st will receive an early-bird discount and will be charged only $225.

Please note that House Focus camp sessions can be held at Southwest Ice Arena,  Oak Lawn Ice Arena or Morgan Park Sports Complex.

Participating in the Focus Camp is highly encouraged.  Please note that Focus Camp fees can not be prorated

House Focus Camp Schedule

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Fri Aug 3 5:00 6:00 SIA House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
Tue Aug 7 5:40 6:40 SIA House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
Mon Aug 13 7:50 8:50 SIA House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
Tue Aug 21 5:45 6:45 OL House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
Fri Aug 31 5:00 6:00 SIA House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
TBD After Sep 1 TBD TBD TBD House - BY 2007 - 2009 Fall Focus
Mon Aug 6 7:50 8:50 SIA House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus
Wed Aug 8 6:50 7:50 SIA House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus
Tue Aug 14 6:30 7:30 OL House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus
Tue Aug 21 7:00 8:00 OL House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus
Fri Aug 31 6:10 7:10 SIA House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus
TBD After Sep 1 TBD TBD TBD House - BY 2004 - 2006 Fall Focus

Travel & All-Girls Team Try-Outs

St. Jude will place travel level teams in the Northern Illinois Hockey League at the Mite 8U, Squirt 10U, PeeWee 12U, Bantam 14U and Girls 10U, Girls 12U, Girls 14U and Girls 16/19U levels.

To be considered for a St. Jude travel team, all players are required to attend tryouts. The cost of tryouts is free for participants of the St. Jude Travel Focus camps and $325 for players who do not participate in the St. Jude travel Focus camp. Any player who is not selected to a St. Jude NIHL team may participate in the NWHL placements at no additional charge.

Please know that the St. Jude coaching staff makes every effort to be as fair as possible to all players during the tryout process and works hard to limit the stress and anxiety that is inherent in the process. That said, there is no such thing as a perfect tryout process and we understand that tryouts can be difficult on players, parents and coaches. We encourage you to sit down with your child before tryouts to talk about the process, to help calm his or her nerves, and to emphasize that your player’s performance during tryouts will not affect how proud you are of your son or daughter.

 Consistent with other area clubs, St. Jude's try-outs will be closed.  As such, parents, siblings an friends  will not be allowed in the rink during the rink during the try-out skates and will be required to wait in the lobby.   

St. Jude’s travel-level NIHL teams will be selected by evaluators including the hockey director and assistant hockey director and a small, selected group of coaches within our organization. Only those St. Jude coaches who are specifically asked by the Hockey Director to participate in evaluations should be in the observation room and those sections of the stands.

Travel Try-out Schedule

COMING SOON - Will be between September 1st and 7th

Girls Try-out Schedule

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Tue Aug 14 5:40 6:40 SIA Girls 10U Tryout
Thu Aug 16 5:50 6:50 SIA Girls 10U Tryout
Tue Aug 14 6:50 7:50 SIA Girls 12U Tryout
Thu Aug 16 7:00 8:00 SIA Girls 12U Tryout
Wed Aug 15 6:50 7:50 SIA Girls 14U Tryout
Fri Aug 17 5:00 6:00 SIA Girls 14U Tryout
Wed Aug 15 8:00 9:00 SIA Girls 19U Tryout
Fri Aug 17 6:10 7:10 SIA Girls 19U Tryout

House Team Placements

St. Jude will place recreational house-level teams in the Northwest Hockey League at the Mite 8U, Squirt 10U, PeeWee 12U, and Bantam 14U levels.

To be considered for a St. Jude travel team, all players are required to attend evaluation/placement skates. The cost of placements is free for participants of the St. Jude House and Travel and All-Girls Focus Camps and $50 for players who do not participate in any of those camps.

St. Jude’s house-level NWHL teams will be selected by evaluators including the hockey director and assistant hockey director and a selected group of coaches within our organization.  Please respect the process by allowing the evaluators to use the observation room and designated sections of the stands without interruption. 

Consistent with other area clubs, St. Jude's placements will be closed.  As such, parents, siblings an friends  will not be allowed in the rink during the rink during the placement skates and will be required to wait in the lobby.

House Placement Schedule

COMING SOON - Will be between September 7th and 9th

Checking Clinic

All first year Bantams (2004's and 2005's) must complete 2 hours of checking clinics BEFORE they begin play at the 14U level.  This applies to both skaters and goalies on both co-ed teams and Girls teams.  If your player is in their second year at 14U or completed the requirement in order to play spring, they do not need to do another 2 hours but are highly encouraged to sign up for the discounted fee to refresh their skills before the upcoming season. 

Checking Clinics will be run by St. Jude Hockey Director and Girls Coordinator  along with additional St. Jude instructors.

Checking Clinics will feature the following concepts:

  • Proper balance and stance in order to receive a check and give a check.
  • Using the boards to brace yourself when being checked.
  • Proper angles to use when checking.
  • Proper technique to give and receive a check:
    • Hands and sticks down!
    • Keeping head up and not ducking or leaning into the boards.

This clinic is recommended for all 14U Bantams (2004 and 2005 birth years) and second year 12U Pee Wees (2006 birth years).  Players will be paired up by size when checking.

Cost of the clinic is $50 per player, $25 to repeat clinic if a player previously completed a St. Jude checking clinic.

Registration fee covers participation in all clinics offered; players must participate in at least two

CHECKING CLINIC SCHEDULE

DoW Date Start Stop Rink Activity
Fri Aug 3 6:10 7:10 SIA Checking Clinic
Thu Aug 9 8:10 9:10 SIA Checking Clinic
Thu Aug 23 8:10 9:10 SIA Checking Clinic

2018 Fall Registration & Fees

Once teams have been announced, all players must register on-line at www.stjudehockey.org. If you have any questions about how to register, please contact Christine Wiseman at financeandregistration@stjudehockey.org

Registration Process:

Step 1:  All players must have USA Hockey Insurance to play hockey at St. Jude. No player will be allowed to play or tryout without proof of this insurance. To register for this insurance, visit www.usahockey.com.

USA Hockey Insurance Directions:
Once at the USA Hockey website, click on membership and then register online. Choose ice players & coaches and follow the directions on the screen.

Step 2:  On the St. Jude website, log in using your username and password. If you have not registered for a St. Jude program in the past, you will need to complete the steps for setting up a St. Jude account. If you do not remember your password, you can click the ‘forgot password’ link and enter your email address.

Step 3:  Select the programs and players you wish to participate and continue with payment for programs.

2018 Pre-Season Fee List

Program Fee Early Bird Discount (By July 31st)
8U Mite Focus Camp & Assessments $300 $275
Travel Focus Camp $375 $350
Travel Try-out Only $325 (waived for Focus Camp participants)
All Girls Focus Camp $375 $350
All Girls Try-out Only $325 (waived for Focus Camp participants)
House Focus Camp $250 $225
House Placement Only $50 (waived for Focus Camp participants)
Checking Clinic $50 for first time participants
$25 for repeat participants

Travel Fees & Payment Schedule

TRAVEL PLAYER FEES & PAYMENT SCHEDULE
SKATER 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
8U $640 $640 $640 $640 $640 $3,200
10U $690 $690 $690 $690 $690 $3,450
12U $750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $3,750
14U $790 $790 $790 $790 $790 $3,950
GOALIE 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
8U $448 $448 $448 $448 $448 $2,240
10U $483 $483 $483 $483 $483 $2,415
12U $525 $525 $525 $525 $525 $2,625
14U $553 $553 $553 $553 $553 $2,765

8U-14U age levels will have 3-5 hours per week of ice touches, including 20-24 games as well as playoffs.   Two tournaments are included (additional tournaments are the responsibility of and at discretion of the team).  Goalie specific training throughout the season. 

 

All Girls Fees & Payment Schedule

GIRLS PLAYER FEES & PAYMENT SCHEDULE
SKATER 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
10U $690 $690 $690 $690 $690 $3,450
12U $750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $3,750
14U $790 $790 $790 $790 $790 $3,950
16/19U $790 $790 $790 $790 $790 $3,950
GOALIE 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
10U $483 $483 $483 $483 $483 $2,415
12U $525 $525 $525 $525 $525 $2,625
14U $553 $553 $553 $553 $553 $2,765
16/19U $553 $553 $553 $553 $553 $2,765

10U-16/19U age levels will have 3-5 hours per week of ice touches, including 20-24 games as well as playoffs.   Two tournaments are included (additional tournaments are the responsibility of and at discretion of the team).  Goalie specific training throughout the season. 

House Fees & Payment Schedule

HOUSE PLAYER FEES & PAYMENT SCHEDULE
SKATER 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
8U $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $2,000
10U $410 $410 $410 $410 $410 $2,050
12U $440 $440 $440 $440 $440 $2,200
14U $440 $440 $440 $440 $440 $2,200
GOALIE 9/15 10/15 11/15 12/15 1/15 Total
8U $280 $280 $280 $280 $280 $1,400
10U $287 $287 $287 $287 $287 $1,435
12U $308 $308 $308 $308 $308 $1,540
14U $308 $308 $308 $308 $308 $1,540

8U-14U age levels will have 2-3 hours per week of ice touches, including approximately 16 games as well as playoffs.   One tournaments is included (additional tournaments are the responsibility of and at discretion of the team).  Goalie specific training throughout the season. 

Ways to Reduce Your Ice Bill

St. Jude is always looking for innovative solutions to help people make hockey more affordable.  Here are a few ways to reduce your ice bill.

Multiple Player / Family Discount

The multiple player-family discount is applied to all lesser ice bills where the highest ice bill is paid in full.  The discount is 10% of the lesser ice bill(s).   Discount only applies to ice fees for the season. 

Please note:  Players in Little Knight ADM/Learn to Skate programs are also eligible for this discount. 

PAY-IN-FULL DISCOUNT

Those who pay their bill in full at time of registration will receive a 3% discount on their ice bill.  This does not include goalies, Little Knights ADM or Learn to Skate programs. 

WEBSITE ADVERTISEMENT SALES CREDITS

50% of all website ads sold will be deducted from your ice bill.  The final deadline for submitting ads in January 1, 2019.  Ad credits will be issued after the last payment has been posted.  Please give all completed program/ad contracts and checks made payable to St. Jude Knights Hockey Club to your team manager or mail them to Southwest Ice Arena, Attn: St. Jude Hockey Organization.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sue Peters at suerkp@aol.com. 

More information pertaining to the website advertising is provided on the St. Jude website. 

St. Jude Raffle Credits

St. Jude members participate in a raffle fundraiser which will be explained in more detail later.  Each family is required to purchase/sell $100 worth of raffle tickets at the day of rostering.  50% of all additional raffle tickets purchased will be deducted from your ice bill.  Any credits earned will be issued after the final payment has posted.  Many families have saved hundreds of dollars off their ice bill by purchasing additional raffle tickets. 

For more information regarding the raffle, please contact Tammy Moro at tmoro3@att.net.

 

Volunteer Service Credits

At the discretion of the Board of Directors, St. Jude may award volunteer service credits to members who provide outstanding service to the club.

For more information, please contact AJ Hernacki via email at alexhernacki@gmail.com.  
All participants must have their USA Hockey Insurance.  To do so, go on-line at:
www.usahockeyregistration.com/ to register.

How to Purchase Your USA Hockey Insurance On-line

USA Hockey has made it mandatory for each player and coach to purchase their USA Hockey Insurance on line. Insurance must be purchased and receipt provided to St. Jude no later than August 31. No player will be allowed to participate in Travel Tryouts or House Draft without the proof of Insurance receipt provided by USA Hockey. 

How to Obtain USA Hockey Insurance:

  • To obtain USA Hockey insurance go to www.usahockey.com
  • Click on Membership at the top of the page,
  • Choose Register Online from the pull down screen,
  • Choose Ice Players & Coaches,

Follow directions as provided.

USA Hockey insurance must be purchased by Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card.

No player will be allowed on the ice after August 31 without proof of USA Hockey Insurance.  Absolutely NO exceptions!!

Questions?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have:

Tony DiFilippo

President

Christine Wiseman

Finance/Registration

Dan O'Boyle

Hockey Operations

AJ Hernacki

Hockey Director

Brit Volini

Girls Program Coordinator