The HTX STORM is planning to roster six all-girls teams this Fall (2021-2022) season. We plan for skill appropriate House teams to play in Houston Metro League, plus Tournament “Select” teams to participate in multi-game all-girl tournament weekends during the season.
Fielding these teams will be subject to both interest and available ice time.
The HTX STORM will go on the road with tournament teams at the 10U, 12U, and 14U levels. These games will be against other all-girls teams in USA Hockey sanctioned events. The tournaments may be outside of Texas. Since these will be at USA Hockey sanctioned events, the team will be limited to proper 10U, 12U, and 14U ages as required by USA Hockey, thus different and supplemental to the House teams.
10U Eligibility: Girls age 9 and 10 (2011-2012) only will be rostered on this team; selections will be made based on readiness to compete at this level by HTX STORM coaches.
12U Eligibility: Girls age 11 and 12 (2009-2010) only will be rostered on this team; selections will be made based on readiness to compete at this level by HTX STORM coaches.
14U Eligibility: Girls age 12, 13, and 14 (2007-2008) are able to be rostered on the 14U team; selections will be made based on readiness to compete at this level by HTX STORM coaches.
The HTX STORM will support two House-based program teams that will play in the co-ed 10U and 12U Houston Metro League House Program. The players on these teams will practice at their local rinks, but will then be assembled from all of the rinks to play on a girls-only team against the other skill appropriate teams in the league. The Coach will be a HTX STORM volunteer coach, and supplemental team-only practices are planned. The schedule will be curated by the Houston Metro House Program to be skill appropriate. The Houston Metro House program will supply HTX STORM branded game jerseys to the girls playing on this team as part of their house registration. An additional registration with HTX STORM will be needed for the additional practice ice time.
10U Eligibility: Girls age 9, 10, 11, and 12 (2009-2012) are eligible to be rostered on this team; assignments will be made based on readiness to compete at this level by HTX STORM coaches.
12U Eligibility: Girls age 11, 12, 13 and 14 (2007-2010) are eligible to be rostered on this team; assignments will be made based on readiness to compete at this level by HTX STORM coaches.
Q: What will all of this cost?
A: TBA. For the house teams, the Houston Metro House costs, plus a fee for HTX STORM practices through the HGHA. Travel costs will be comparable to other travel programs. All fees will be established after the launch weekend on July 10 and 11, when teams are established, which will allow for practice ice scheduling. Announcement to come in the August time-frame.
Q: Can girls play on both the House and Tournament teams?
A: Yes! The tournament teams are separate only because of the age restrictions between House and USA Hockey requirements for all-girls competition. We expect girls on the HTX STORM House team to be interested in the Tournament Teams as well.
Q: Can girls outside of the HTX STORM House Program play on the Tournament teams?
A: Yes, but preferential rostering will be given to HTX STORM House players. As roster spots are available, they will be granted to eligible players, outside the program, and even outside of Houston – as eligible. If there is enough interest to field more than one team at an age level, we will do so.
Q: Will there be dedicated practices for these teams?
A: Yes! We are working with the rinks on practice options, but until teams are established, ice contracts and schedules are not yet possible. This is due to this being the inaugural year for the HTX STORM. More predictability will be possible in future years.
Q: Does USA Hockey and the ADM support girls playing down against boys teams?
A: Yes! All Girls programs per USA Hockey are eligible to play 1 level down when playing in any co-ed hockey league (playing against boys). All-Girls Programs per USA Hockey must play appropriate birth year when playing any All-Girls Teams or Leagues (playing against all girls). This is the reason for the separateness of the House and Tournament teams.
Q: How do I know what level my daughter will be playing at?
A: The HTX STORM coaches will assess the players at several leveling events, and will advise you of the best options. Final determination will be made by the HTX STORM Director of Hockey Programs. We will correct any registration issues as needed.
Q: Can my 8U daughter play up to the all-girls team?
A: No. 8U is still a unique game with emphasis on learning, and players will compete in a co-ed format at this level in Houston. The HTX STORM will include the 8U’s in clinics and many on-ice events, so please register your 8U player as a member of the HTX STORM at no cost for these alerts! (Coming Soon)
Q: My 14U player seems to have many options, how do I know what is best?
A: Our coaches will be available to assist you in the proper placement of your player for the best opportunity for development.
Q: I don’t understand the jersey situation – can you explain?
A: HTX STORM House players will be given two HTX STORM branded game jerseys (black and white) from your home rink. Starting in 2022, Tournament Teams will need to order jerseys from the HTX STORM – these will include a home (white) and away (purple) embroidered jersey set. They are available this year for those interested, but will not be used for games.
Q: How does House registration work?
A: Players will enroll in their local House rink as usual, and will also register with the HTX STORM for their House Program supplemental practices. The HTX STORM will work with the rinks to ensure the players receive the correct jersey and are properly rostered by Houston Metro House League. You will receive a coach assignment from the HTX STORM, as well as a supplemental practice schedule. More information will come closer to the opening of registration.
Q: Will HTX STORM practices be at my home rink?
A: Sometimes. No single rink can yet support an entire team, so we will rotate rinks for practices as available. We cannot guarantee that you will have your HTX STORM practice at your home rink.