The Charlotte Rush travel teams compete in USA Hockey Tier II and are members of the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL) & the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). The program fields teams at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U levels. Each level consists of two teams, Premier and Elite. Premier being our highest team and Elite being a stage lower. All Premier teams as well as our 12U & 14U Elite teams play in the EJEPL. The 14U, 16U, and 18U Premier teams are 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 & EJEPL 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.