What age groups are appropriate for these programs?
The European Selects BOYS Tour is for Bantam AA and older players only. The European Selects GIRLS Tour is for U19 AA and AAA girls.
What kind of coaches can we expect for these programs?
The coaches for all our programs are current NHL, NCAA or Junior A coaches.
What kind of team's will we play?
All USJDP European Selects Tour teams will play local Junioren (Junior A/Midget Major ages) and Novizen (Midget Major/Midget Minor ages) teams. All teams will either be at the Elite or A levels, which equates to Junior A/Midget Major AAA - Midget Major/Midget Minor AA.
What kind of games?
Each game will consist of a 15-minute warm-up, three 20-minute stop time periods, and a zamboni break after each period. Sometimes, tourney games will differ. These games may consist of a 10 minute warm-up, followed by two, 25-minute stop time periods with a zamboni break in between.
How do I register for one of these Tours?
All interested players must submit the online USJDP Selects International Hockey Tour Application Form by clicking the green Apply Now! button at the top of this page. Upon receipt of the completed application form, the USJDP will contact each players’ coach for an in-depth player recommendation and evaluation. Acceptance on any of the teams will be based equally on character references and player ability. These tours are for the dedicated athlete interested in the individual development and exposure our tours provide.
Are meals provided?
Breakfast and dinner is included each day of the tour for all players. Please note that lunch is not included and only one soft drink is provided per meal per player. European customs do not encourage more than one soda per meal and all players are recommended to drink water while traveling and training. Please be aware of this while having lunch on your own.
Is transportation included?
All in country transportation is included and provided via private motor coach. However, if you plan to venture into town during some off time, public transportation, especially buses, are easy and convenient.
Where do the groups stay?
All players stay as a group with the coaching staff. All accommodations will have individual rooms that house anywhere from 2-10 players, and will be in the same section of the hostel/hotel as the coaches. Players may bunk with personnel of their choosing provided this does not cause conflicts or create havoc. However, this is not guaranteed at all locations due to changing room configurations. We will do our best to accommodate everyone's wishes.
What is the weather like in Europe/Scandinavia?
Summer Tours: The weather this time of year in Switzerland is warm during the days, high in the mid to high 80's, and cool at night, especially in the mountains.
Spring Tours: Spring time in Switzerland is much like spring time in the Rockies, it could be 20 and snowing, or it could be 50 and sunny. Although at altitude (Engelberg sits at 3350 ft), it will still be cool at night.
What kind of spending money do I need?
As daily lunches are not included it is recommended that the players budget $25 USD per day for their daily lunch. Additionally, they should bring a little spending money as well for snacks or gifts. However, since the tour does include everything except lunch, they will not need much. $250 - $300, and an emergency credit card or debit card, should be enough.