Steel City Selects is the Pittsburgh area’s premier Tier II, all-female, ice hockey organization. Our teams routinely rank in the top-20 Tier II teams in the country. Our National-bound 19U, 16U and 14U teams compete against top Tier II and lower-level Tier I teams from across the U.S. and Canada. SCS is looking for players who can compete at a high level and wish to take their hockey skills to the next level. We have built a program that requires a full commitment to every practice, training session and game from all of our coaches and players.
The 14U, 16U and 19U teams will play a 40-50 game schedule and will have a minimum of four ice touches per week -- either practices or games.
SCS will not be fielding a 10U team for the 2020-2021 season and is instituting a 12U National-Bound Prep Program for 12U players.
Tryouts for all of our teams were held on June 27-28th. Our National-bound teams are full. However, we are still seeking a few players for our 12U National-Bound Prep Program.
Players who wish to join the program should email email@example.com and you will be contacted with additional information.
SCS is a full-time team. Our players are expected to participate in weekly practices, conditioning sessions and all games. SCS’s goal is to develop our players to compete at a higher level so that they can reach their goals, whether that is playing Tier I or playing in college. With our commitment to player development, we in-turn ask each player and family fully understand the time and money commitment that is associated with this level of hockey and ask that you take serious consideration before a decision is made to play on multiple teams. We are aware of the stress on both players and parents when a player over-commits and it’s not fair to the teams, parents and most importantly, the player.
Please note: It is always our intention to represent the MidAm District at the USA Hockey National Championships. It was recently announced that the 2021 Nationals will be held in Irvine, CA. So there is the possibility that any or all of our National-bound teams would travel to California next April.
Due to the unique challenges of the 2020-2021 season, rather than having our typical 12U team, we will be running a 12U National-Bound Prep Program that will focus on skill development rather than games with the goal of developing girls so they can ultimately play for our National-bound Tier II teams if they wish. If there is interest among players and families the team (and the 2020 climate allows it) we will look to play in a tournament or two throughout the season as well as scrimmages against local teams.
There will be one regularly scheduled weekday practice at Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale on Tuesdays each week. Regular classroom/video sessions will also be held at Baierl Ice Complex during Tuesday sessions.
In addition, regularly scheduled Thursday evening practices will be held at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel and two weekend practices are held either in morning or afternoon at Shady Side Academy or Saturday evening at Baierl Ice Complex. Typically, if games are played on Saturdays or Sundays, no practice is held on those days.
The 12U players will meet every-other week, on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 8th. Tuesday practices will be held at Baierl Ice Complex and Thursday practices will be at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, or another local rink, depending on ice availability due to the pandemic.
Steel City Selects maintains our own independent schedule rather than as a member of a set league. This allows us to participate in the most competitive tournaments and showcases in North America (both U.S. and Canada) as well as three or four “host weekends”, where invited teams come to Pittsburgh to compete. We will also travel to play other teams at their home rinks approximately three or four weekend per season. Additionally, we host a very competitive Tier II tournament each season with 24 teams across age levels. All families are required to participate in the duties of hosting this big event.
The 12U program is primarily focused on practice and skill and development, as well has team concepts and fun.
In addition, if the situation allows and there is interest among players and families, the team will look to participate in a tournament or two during the season.
The season fee is $2600 for teams at the 14U, 16U and 19U level. If desired, season fees can be paid via five payments across the season. Game uniforms and warm-ups are an additional cost, but all tournaments, training, ice costs and coaching fees are included in the season fee. In addition, the mandatory $100 fundraising fee is included in the season fee, with the opportunity to recoup the fee by selling raffle tickets.
Steel City Selects participates in a program that offers families the opportunity to earn money towards their season fees by working at PNC Park for Pirate games and other events. We also participate in the Shop with Scripts program where families can earn money for fees by purchasing gift cards through Scripts that can be used for every day purchases. Each year we have many families that are able to cover all of their fees through one or both of these programs.
The program fee is $450 and includes a personalized SCS practice jersey and practice every-other week from September through March. Any tournaments would be an additional fee.
Please visit the Coaches page for information about our 2020-2021 head coaches.