ELITE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Hockey Department's Spring/Summer Elite Development Program is designed for motivated hockey players looking to maximize their off-season development. This program is balanced with both European and North American influences designed to massively increase overall puck control skills, skating and edge development, shooting skills, confidence with the puck, hockey IQ and develop the specific areas needed for the next level. Also included in this program is off-ice strength and conditioning development and live video taped games with professional review with interactive feedback so players learn to transfer their skills into games effectively. Mike Knight, with his professional playing and teaching experience, as well as having worked with NHL skills coaches & players, has perfected a skills program that will provide the player's with guaranteed results.
This camp has the player in mind and is also a progressive program where each session, new skills are learned and/or built upon. Every drill will challenge the players to get out of their comfort zone, keep their mind and body in sync and strive for perfection every rep. All the players will learn how, why and when to use all the skills being taught in great detail with a high correction rate. For those of you who are new to the Hockey Department's Programs, we like to use a number of different types of obstacles and decoys on the ice. We are always developing unique drills and have a lot of fun creating new ways to develop our players.
MAIN AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT:
Puck control & confidence - All players will be continuously challenged with difficult puck handling & hand/eye co-ordination drills with high corrective repetitions. The players will be forced out of their comfort zone and tested with countless drills where they sometimes dangle through an entire obstacle course or have to protect the puck using intense pressure tactics, just as examples. The players puck confidence rapidly develops with this type of training and transfers to the rest of their game.
Shooting - All players will be learning the fundamentals and mechanics on a number of different shooting techniques and skills. We don't teach a lot of stationary shooting as the players will be continuously moving, shooting in-stride, under pressure and put out of their comfort zone to mimic patterned game situations.
Skating & edges - All players will be developing their edges and skating abilities using a number of different methods.
Speed and power - Tight area and open ice speed will be developed. The players will learn a skating system on how to generate explosive speed and power, consistently.
Balance, agility, athleticism - All will be continuously challenged and developed.
Body contact/checking - All players will learn to give and take checks safely, correctly and consistently.
Puck protection - All players will be developing their puck protection skills every class as they use these skills every shift in a game. The players will be tested with game situations and with numerous drills to develop their puck protection skills.
Position specific - The players will be grouped into two groups, 12 forwards and 8 defencemen. We will focus on position specific skills, positioning and on-going hockey IQ.
Games - Every game will be full ice and structured with referees and score clock. Mike Knight will be on both benches during the games giving individual feedback and correction with the players. All players will be encouraged to maintain good habits, apply the skills worked on and compete hard.
Game analyse & review - The games will be taped and professionally reviewed by Mike Knight. All players will receive visual feedback of the games using interactive software with voice over so the game review is easy to follow for all players. Some area's of focus will be zone entry skills, time and space management, decision making, consistency, positioning, game presence and identity as well as many others. All teaching points fit into any team system and are all currently being taught at the highest level.
Off-ice strength & conditioning - All players will receive a general off-ice strength & conditioning program that they can follow the entire Spring and Summer.
MINTO SKATING CENTRE
2571 Lancaster rd.
DJ Rink (Big Ice)
DATES & TIMES
March dates TBA:
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August x 4 sessions, dates TBA:
4 x 1 hour skill development
4 x 1 hour games
4 straight days, scheduled right before try-outs
Located at Cardinal or Brockville Arenas