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18U AA FAQs

By Rapids Communications, 05/07/24, 2:30PM PDT

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Our goal is to put forward a competitive 18U AA, Tier II National Bound team. This division includes players in 2006 and 2007 birth years, with the possible addition of some 2008 or 2009 players. Players will participate in Tier II games and tournaments around the Pacific Northwest. 

We are targeting 4-5 tournament weekends, plus regular games against teams in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Some tournaments might require flights to attend, including Nationals should they qualify (Utica, NY).  The team will be hosted by the Bend Rapids, but will allow for collaboration with other associations.   Home ice for Bend is the Pavilion, and practices will be in the morning 2-3 times per week. 

The goal is for out-of-town players to practice with their home associations’ 16/18U teams, but travel with us, as long as their association is in agreement with that.  It is possible we might also have a couple whole-team practices when ice permits in Portland.  

Please email/call/text Coach Tim Bateman with any questions: (907) 360-1265

TRYOUTS

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  • Fee: $60 per player
  • Where: Mountain View Ice Arena, Vancouver, WA
Saturday, June 1
  • 5:30-6:45pm

Sunday, June 2
  •  1-2:30pm

TEAM COMPOSITION

  • Goal: 15-18 skaters and 2 goalies

COACHING STAFF

With 2 seasons in Oregon coaching at the 16U AA level, and an appearance of his team at Nationals in 2022, we are proud to announce Tim Bateman as head coach.  He previously coached in Anchorage, AK.  Assistant coaches will be announced shortly.  

  • Head Coach - Tim Bateman
  • Assistant Coach - TBD
  • Assistant Coach - TBD
  • Goalie Coaches - Brandon Speyer and Christy Picard Dimmig

 

PROPOSED PRACTICE SCHEDULE

  • Begin off-ice training in September 
  • Begin on-ice in September with training camp in Eugene, Medford, or Portland/Vancouver as ice allows 
  • Practice on some weekends until mid- October when our ice is in 
  • Two-three practices per week during the season at the Pavilion in Bend
  • One dryland practice per week pre- and early-season

 

PROPOSED GAME SCHEDULE 

  • Targeting approx 20 league games and friendlies 
  • 4-5 Tournament weekends- 1-2 possible flying distance, including Nationals in Utica, NY if they qualify

 

COST

2024-25 Season Fee - TBD

All efforts will be made to keep cost as low as possible- pending ice costs, our aim is to stay below $4000 for Bend players and below $1500 for out of town players practicing at their home rink

 Scholarships available for players. Details here.