Elite Club Winter Season

The Gateway Elite Field Hockey Club season runs from late March 2021 through February of 2022 and includes training, league game play, summer camp, and various local, regional and travel tournaments throughout the season.  Elite Club is for players looking to raise their game to the next level in U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19 divisions.  Gateway is the  top ranked club program in Missouri and is ranked in the top six in all age divisions in the USA by USA Field Hockey.

The standard registration period for Elite Club is open from February 1-March 15th each year, however on occasion players can join Elite Club throughout the year on a case by case basis.  If you are not currently in Elite Club but are interested in joining Elite Club for the 2022/23 year, it is recommended that you participate in the 2021/22 Winter Club and then join Elite Club for the spring season and beyond.

During the winter season, our Elite Club teams practice and play outdoor skills on turf fields in preparation for outdoor tournaments during the winter (in FL) and for the spring/summer season.  Winter is the BEST time to grow your game and refine your skills!

There is not an official tryout for Elite Club, however there are often evaluations/tryouts for individual tournaments/events.  Players train together within their age division and practice groups and league change from season to season.  The focus is high level training with top notch coaches.  If you are in Elite Club and would like to tryout for the 2022 Disney Showcase or Winter Escape Tournament click HERE.  Note: You must be in Elite Club to tryout for these tournaments.

2021/22 Winter Information

USA Field Hockey Age Divisions for Tournaments

  • U8 - Born in 2014 and later
  • U10 - Born in 2012 and 2013
  • U12 - Born in 2010 and 2011
  • U14 - Born in 2008 and 2009
  • U16 - Born in 2006 and 2007
  • U19 - Born in 2005 and earlier

Gateway Practice and League Divisions

  • 1st and 2nd Grade
  • 3rd and 4th Grade
  • 5th and 6th Grade
  • 7th and 8th Grade
  • High School

Club players do not practice during winter break between December 22nd and January 2nd. 

Tuesday, December 21st - All Elite Club ONLY practice by USAFH upcoming age divisions (Times between 5pm-9pm) and holiday social

February 20th - All Elite Club end of season play day! (may possibly be on February 21st as well)

In addition to the scheduled grade division club practices and games, Elite Club teams will have additional Elite Premier training opportunities and tournament team practices throughout the winter.

  • Club Practices - Tuesdays
    • December 7th - February 24th from 5pm-6pm
    • December 21st - Time TBD
  • League games - Sundays
    • January 9th - February 13th at 4pm
    • Schedule announced in early January
  • Practices and games are held on turf fields at the brand new at STL Athletic Center
  • Holiday and Hockey Practice - Tuesday, December 21st TBD Time
  • Club Practices - Tuesdays
    • December 7th - February 24th from 5pm-6pm
    • December 21st - Time TBD
  • League games - Sundays
    • Jan. 9th - Feb. 20th at 4pm
    • Schedule announced in early January 
  • Practices and games are held on turf fields at the brand new at STL Athletic Center
  • Holiday and Hockey Practice - Tuesday, December 21st TBD Time

Included for 5th and 6th Grade Elite Club

  • Club Practices - Tuesdays
    • December 7th - February 24th from 5pm-6pm
  • League games - Sundays
    • January 9th - February 13th at 4pm
    • Schedule announced in early January 
  • Holiday and Hockey Practice - Tuesday, December 21st TBD Time
  • Practices and games are held on turf fields at the brand new at STL Athletic Center

Optional Opportunities exclusively for 5th and 6th Grade Elite Club

  • Travel tournaments (see bottom tab)
  • Elite Premier Clinics Clinics - Will be emailed

Included for 7th and 8th Grade Elite Club

  • Club Practices - Thursdays
    • December 9th - February 24th from 5pm-6:10pm
    • Tuesday, December 21st - Time TBD
  • League Games - Sundays
    • January 9th - February 14th at 5 or 6pm
    • Schedule released in early January 
  • Holiday and Hockey Practice - Tuesday, December 21st TBD Time 
  • Practices and games are held on turf fields at the brand new at STL Athletic Center

Optional Opportunities exclusively for 7th and 8th Grade Elite Club

  • Travel tournaments (see bottom tab)
  • Elite Premier Clinics - Will be emailed

Included for High School Elite Club

  • Club Practices - Tuesdays
    • December 9th - February 24th from 4-5pm (field open at 3:45pm)
    • Tuesday, December 21st - Time TBD
    • There is a Wednesday option from 9-10pm for Elite HS that play winter HS sports.  
  • League Games - Sundays
    • January 9th - February 14th at 7pm or 8pm
    • Schedule released in early January 
  • Holiday and Hockey Practice - Tuesday, December 21st TBD Time
  • Practices and games are held on turf fields at the brand new at STL Athletic Center

Optional Opportunities exclusively for High School Grade Elite Club

  • Elite Premier Clinics - Will be emailed
  • Travel tournaments (see bottom tab)

There are two main tournaments Gateway Elite Club attends during the winter season...

  • Disney Field Hockey Showcase
    • January 28th-30th 
    • U12, U14, U16, U19 (must be in at least 4th grade to tryout)
    • ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World - Orlando, FL
  • NFHCA Shooting Star Winter Escape
    • January 14th-16th
    • 2025, 2024, and 2023 grad years (2022s that are not committed may tryout as well)
    • Lake Mary, FL

If you are interested in being selected for either of these events, please register for the tryout HERE.

Note for U19, U16, and U14: In order to be selected for the RCC team in the spring, you must attend the one of these tournaments. 

Current National Club Rankings

U14 - 6th in Nation - 1st in Missouri

U16 - 6th in Nation - 1st in Missouri

U19 - 1st in Nation - 1st in Missouri

Link to the current rankings below

*USA Field Hockey only ranks U14, U16, and U19 divisions

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