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2020-2021 Tryout Overview

Welcome to our travel team tryouts!  We are proud to be one of the most expansive girls programs in the state with a broad offering of travel teams from highly competitive Tier II to CGHL. The spectrum of options allows us to give girls at all levels of play the opportunity to advance to their desired next level of hockey.

We are excited about the 2020 - 2021 season.  With 14 projected teams at all age brackets (U8 - U19) in three leagues (NEGHL, CHC, and CGHL), we offer a spectrum of options for all types of players -  from advanced to new to hockey.

Our explosive entry into national-bound competition with our Tier II program provides highly competitive play that challenges players and leads to opportunities for advancement.

Want to know more about our projected teams, season commitments, and tryout process?  Request a comprehensive 2020 - 2021 Tryout Packet.

Click here to request the UPDATED 2020 2021 Tryout Packet (revised 6/19/20)

Sand Sharks LTP

Junior Sharks LTP

Best Tier II Program

Two Levels of Competitive Play


As a newcomer to national-bound play, we've become known for having the best Tier II program in the state in just 48 months.  Our four-year record is unparalleled and includes numerous tournament titles, including back-to-back USA Hockey Championships (2017 & 2018), 30+  boarding school placements, and the best program leadership. We're proud to be the destination program for players looking to advance to their next level of play.  


Over the last 20 years, we've built one of the strongest development programs in the state.  The Connecticut Girls Hockey League (CGHL) provides our teams with predominately state-based competition at multiple levels of play.   The hockey experience we deliver is focused on player advancement, hard work, camaraderie and of course, fun.  

Tryout Approach

Tryouts for the tiered and development teams are separate.  We believe it's critical to a player's development to place her with peers of similar abilities and backgrounds, as this enhances their game, practice, and social experience.   The tryout options  offered for the upcoming season include :

  1. Tier II Tryouts:  At the U14, 16, and 19 age levels, we will hold separate tryouts.  These teams are highly competitive, USA Hockey national bound teams that require significant time and travel commitment.
  2. Connecticut Girls Hockey League (CGHL) and AA Tryouts:  At the U10 and 12 age levels, we will combine CGHL and AA tryouts to help save parents money.  We will also offer U14 and U16/19 (combined age group) tryouts for our CGHL teams.

Want to know more about our projected teams, season commitments, and tryout process?  Request a comprehensive 2020 - 2021 Tryout Packet.

Tryout Information

Our tryout program is designed to provide all participants with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their hockey skills.  We utilize independent evaluators to eliminate any potential player bias.  Additionally, our on-ice instructors will do everything possible to maintain a relaxed environment so players can perform to their potential. 

Here is some additional information about tryouts: 

  • Pre-Tryout Skates:  All pre-tryout skates will comply with USA Hockey regulations
  • Tryout Packet:  Request a comprehensive packet that provides families with tuition, travel, tournament, skill development, practice schedules, etc.
  • Registration: Our registration opened on February 16th  
  • Sequencing:  For girls on the edge of national bound play, we've coordinated tryout times with the Mid Fairfield Stars to provide players with options at both levels of competitive play
  • Player Loyalty:  We promise our registered players that we will find a place for them to play hockey with our "Once a Shark, always a Shark" philosophy 


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