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12U AAA TB | 2009

Our players will have a complete travel hockey experience and compete against elite level competition. Our primary goal is to create a fun and competitive environment where every player can develop their skills and a passion for the game. Our programming is highly-focused on player development so that each player is equipped with the skills necessary to advance and excel at the next level. 

The season structure consists of:

  • Tier I State Championship Tournament Bound Team
  • 40-50 games including 3-5 tournaments
  • 3 practices per week including weekly advanced skill development sessions
  • Off-ice sports performance training sessions throughout the season
  • Goaltending skills clinics throughout the season
  • Team building and community service events

Head Coach Shawn Wilkins

Phone:  585.415.3667       |     Email:

Shawn Wilkins is returning as head coach for the 2009 birth year team. Coach Wilkins is a Level 5 USA Hockey coach and also serves as assistant coach for the Rochester Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team. 

Coach Wilkins played both lacrosse and hockey during his college career at RIT. He played forward and defense for the RIT men’s hockey team, and was a key member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2001 squad that advanced to the national championship game. Coach Wilkins is also one of 14 players in RIT men’s lacrosse history to score 100 career goals (104), and is 16th all-time in scoring with 147 points. 

Coach Wilkins played lacrosse professionally for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. He also played for the Italian National team in 2006 and was a member of the Canadian Jr. National team in 1996.

Coach Wilkins is a native of Burlington, Ontario, and resides in Penfield with this wife and children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I learn more about the team?

A: If you have specific questions, please contact the head coach directly via email or cell phone.


Q: How are teams selected?

A: All our teams conduct open tryouts and final roster selections are determined by the coaching staff and members of our Hockey Development Group.


Q: Where do Jr. Amerks team skate?

A: The Rochester Ice Center is our home rink, however our teams utilize Paul Louis Arena, Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, and Genesee Valley.


Q: What do you mean by "player-focused" development philosophy?
A: The vast majority of our players are between the ages of 5-15 which is an exciting and important time for their overall athletic development. Our program is designed around skill development so that our players can be successful and hopefully play the game for a really long time.  Learn more about our Player Development Program.

Q: How often does the team practice?

A: Our travel teams practice 2-3 times per week depending upon age group and skill level. Our AAA teams have three skates per week including a dedicated advanced skill development session plus two additional team practices. Additionally all our players have off-ice training sessions at Next Level Strength and Conditioning.


Q: How many players are on a team?

A: Most of our travel teams have 14-20 players per team. The younger age groups typically have 14-16 while older age groups have 16-20.

Q: Is there specialty goaltender training?
A: Yes, we partner with Janosz School of Goaltending to host regular goalie clinics throughout the season at no additional cost to your players. Click here to see a clinic in action.
Q: When are tryouts being held?

A: Due to COVID19, tryouts are taking place later than usual this year. Please visit our Teams Directory page for the tryout schedule.



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