The Charlotte Rush travel teams compete in USA Hockey Tier II and are members of the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL) and the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL - AA teams only). The program fields A & AA teams at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U levels. The 14U, 16U, and 18U AA teams are tournament bound and eligible to compete to earn a right to the USA Hockey Nationals Tournaments.
The RUSH travel hockey program focuses on skill development and personal growth for all players. We believes that hockey is the ultimate in team sports and our program will focuses skill development with emphasis on skating, goaltending, and teaching players to compete. Players that participate in our program will also learn essential life skills that include teamwork, hard work, respect, and accountability. Every player should become a better hockey player and a better citizen as a result of playing in our organization.
The team’s CHL games, in addition to strong tournament and non-league schedules form a competitive environment for players to gain experience as well as to test their progress as individuals and as a team. As proponents of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, the Charlotte RUSH uses quality ice time that values practices and proper training above all else. Some principles of the program include pursuing age-specific Long-Term Athlete Development, scheduling a practice-to-game ratio that fits the age group, and promoting a sense of “community” within the club to help its participants become better hockey players and citizens.