NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware will serve as the site of three USA Hockey Atlantic District Player Development Camps starting this weekend at the Fred Rust and Gold ice arenas.

Many of the top youth ice hockey players will be on hand for the three sessions, to be held June 15-17, July 13-15, and August 10-12. Expected to compete in tryouts this weekend will be 100 youths in the Under 12 division, 46 in the Under 13 level, 43 from the Under 14 division, and 38 from the Under 15 level. The August session will serve as the organization’s District Jamboree.

The Atlantic District Player Development Program serves to identify, select, and develop the most qualified youth players in the country to earn a spot on the USA Hockey National Team and compete in national and world championships.

“We are excited to welcome some of the top young ice hockey players in the country to our campus this summer,” said UD Assistant Director, Ice Arena/Outdoor Pool Jim Kaden. “USA Hockey is a prestigious organization and we are honored they chose the University of Delaware to host their player development camps.”

The Player Development Program is an eight-year development and advisory process, for players aged 12-17, which includes a variety of training opportunities and competitive events.

Numerous players from the development camps have been drafted by National Hockey League teams and have gone on to careers the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League, and European Pro Leagues.

The focus of the camps include physical testing and evaluation, nutrition instruction, weight training, off ice plyometrics, character building, video and classroom sessions, and team building exercises.