SKILL DEVELOPMENT

The main focus for each program at Varsity Hockey is skill Development. Developing skills correctly with speed, precision, strength, balance, and athleticism is our ultimate goal. Each program is developed and created in a way that will produce excellent habits. For our skills sessions we want to create excellent practice habits that can be carried over into competition. This doesn’t mean players will not fail, as a matter of fact players and parents should expect to fail, but they will learn from their failures. This statement is important for skill development. Failing is okay, and actually is encouraged when it comes to developing skills. When we fail we need to correct our technique and try again. Some times we need to slow the skill down to complete it correctly, and once we successfully produce the intended task, we will increase the speed and difficulty, then we will repeat over and over again.

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 SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS (April Training)

  •  DEFENSIVE Skills Clinics (OPEN Program - 7:1 Ratio)

    This Defensive Skills Clinic is an OPEN program that is designed to develop the defensive game skills for ALL CALIBER level players who want to improve their Defensive game performance.

    The skill training will include a focused effort on how to react to forechecking pressure, gap control, rushing with the puck, and understand the defensive game that will be applied to in-game situations.

    The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will focus on the following areas of skill development:

    Quick Feet and Agility
    Backward Acceleration
    Pivoting to Each Side
    Lateral Movement & Mobility
    Transition and Escapes
    Angling and Cornering
    Defensive Shooting Drills
    Puck Handling & Breakout Passes

    DEFENSIVE SKILLS CLINIC DATES & TIMES

    The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over an 4-Week Training Cycle.

    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Saturdays: 9:00am (14 Spots Available)
    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Saturdays: 11:00am (14 Spots Available)
    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Sundays: 9:00am (14 Spots Available)
    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Sundays: 11:00am (14 Spots Available)

    The April Clinic schedule spans over 4 weeks of the off-season.

    120 + HST

    DEFENSIVE Skills Clinics (SATURDAYS) - From Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 27, 2019
    DEFENSIVE Skills Clinics (SUNDAYS) - From Apr 7, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019


    •  OFFENSIVE Skills Clinics (OPEN Program - 7:1 Ratio)

      This Offensive Skills Clinic is an OPEN program that is designed to develop the offensive game skills for ALL CALIBER level players who want to improve their Offensive game performance.

      The skill training will include a focused effort on working in confined areas along with learning how to deke and fake at high speeds and that will be applied to in-game situations.

      The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will focus on the following areas of skill development:

      Shooting quickly and under pressure
      Shooting while in stride
      Shooting skills of wrist shots, slap shots, and snap shots

      Stick Handling in Traffic
      Puck Control and Evasive Puck Handling
      Give and Go Passing
      One Time Shooting
      Battle Drills

      OFFENSIVE SKILLS CLINIC DATES & TIMES

      The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over an 4-Week Training Cycle.

      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Saturdays: 10:00am (14 Spots Available)
      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Saturdays: 1:00pm (14 Spots Available)
      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Sundays: 10:00am (14 Spots Available)
      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Sundays: 1:00pm (14 Spots Available)

      The April Clinic schedule spans over 4 weeks of the off-season.

      120 + HST

      OFFENSIVE Skills Clinics (SATURDAYS) - From Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 27, 2019
      OFFENSIVE Skills Clinics (SUNDAYS) - From Apr 7, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019


      •  BODY CONTACT Clinics (OPEN Program - 7:1 Ratio)

        This Body Contact Clinic is an OPEN program that is designed to develop the proper technique of giving as well as receiving a hit. The skill training will present players with different game situations where contact will occur.

        The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will focus on the following areas of skill development:

        When and where to make a hit
        Where the danger zones are on the ice
        Body contact as related to specific positions

        BODY CONTACT CLINIC DATES & TIMES

        The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over an 4-Week Training Cycle.

        ALL CALIBER Level Players:
        13 Years & Older – Saturdays: 12:00pm (14 Spots Available)
        13 Years & Older – Sundays: 12:00pm (14 Spots Available)

        The April Clinic schedule spans over 4 weeks of the off-season.

        120 + HST

        BODY CONTACT Clinics (SATURDAYS) - From Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 27, 2019
        BODY CONTACT Clinics (SUNDAYS) - From Apr 7, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019


        •  POWER SKATING & TREADMILL (OPEN Program - 5:1 Ratio)

          The Power Skating & Treadmill Camp format is designed for ALL CALIBER players who are building their dynamic skating and stride mechanics and and range from from 8 years of age and older.

          The program is a weekly Saturday Class that runs with 2-Hours each week combining two excellent training tools that will be dedicated to focus on developing the proper mechanics of dynamic skating and efficient strides.

          This training format will split the two hour training with

          1 hour ON-ICE
          and
          1 hour on the TREADMILL

          CAMP SYLLABUS

          The daily ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:

          POWER SKATING

          Skating Efficiency and Edge Control

          Agility, Quickness & Transitional Skating

          Speed and Dynamic Balance

          Stopping & Crossovers for Speed

          TREADMILL

          Forward Skating Stride – Improve Stride Mechanics

          Stride Muscle Memory – Controlled Speed Repetition

          Strength – Improve Legs & Hips Power

          PROGRAM ITINERARY

          – 2 hrs ON ICE each day that includes skill development and competitive drills

          All players will need full hockey equipment

          IMPORTANT INFORMATION

          Players in this camp will range from 8 years of age and older

          MAXIMUM 10 Spots (10 Spots Available)

          Players will be grouped according to age and caliber and an itinerary will be given to everyone the 1st day of the camp

          Times and location are subject to change depending on registration.

          PROGRAM DATES DATES & TIMES

          4 Days – 2-Hours/Day:
          APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27
          2:00 – 4:00 PM

          280 + HST

          POWER SKATING & TREADMILL (SATURDAYS) - From Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 27, 2019


         SKATING CLINICS (Spring/Summer Training)

        •  Power Skating Clinics (OPEN Program - 7:1 Ratio)

          This Power Skating Clinic is an OPEN program that is designed to develop skating skills for ALL CALIBER level players and will focus on training proper mechanics towards combining the speed and power that will be applied to in-game situations

          The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:
          • Edge Control and Balance
          • Stride Mechanics and Speed
          • Generating Speed out of Turns and Crossovers
          • Transitional Skating and Agility

          Clinics can be registered in 7 week long programs and will be delivered from a 50 minute Lesson Plan to provide skill specific repetition necessary for technical improvement.

          POWER SKATING DATES & TIMES
          The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Dates and Times once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over a 7-Week Training Cycle.

          Dates:
          Program 1
          May 4, 11, 25 (No Class May 18)
          June 1, 8, 15, 22

          Program 2
          July 6, 13, 20, 27
          August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3)

          ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Saturday: 8:00 am (14 Spots Available)
          ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Saturdays: 10:00 am (14 Spots Available)

          The Spring/Summer Clinic schedule spans over 14 weeks of the off-season and can be registered in TWO (2) separate 7-Week Training Cycles.

          210 + HST

          Program 1 - From May 4, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
          Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2019 to Aug 24, 2019


          •  Creative Puck Handling Clinics (OPEN Program - 7:1 Ratio)

            This Creative Puck Handling Clinic is an OPEN program that is designed to develop puck handling skills for ALL CALIBER level players and will focus on training proper mechanics towards combining the speed and skill that will be applied to in-game situations

            The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:
            • Stationary Stick Handling
            • Speed With the Puck
            • Evasive Moves and Dekes
            • Puck Control and Puck Protection

            Clinics can be registered in 7 week long programs and will be delivered from a 50 minute Lesson Plan to provide skill specific repetition necessary for technical improvement.

            CREATIVE PUCK HANDLING DATES & TIMES
            The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Dates and Times once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over an 7-Week Training Cycle.

            Dates:
            Program 1
            May 4, 11, 25 (No Class May 18)
            June 1, 8, 15, 22

            Program 2
            July 6, 13, 20, 27
            August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3)

            ALL CALIBER Level Players: 6, 7, 8, 9 Years Old – Saturday: 9:00 am (14 Spots Available)
            ALL CALIBER Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Saturdays: 11:00 am (14 Spots Available)

            The Spring/Summer Clinic schedule spans over 14 weeks of the off-season and can be registered in TWO (2) separate 7-Week Training Cycles.

            210 + HST

            Program 1 - From May 4, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
            Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2019 to Aug 24, 2019


            •  Rep Skills (REP Program - 7:1 Ratio)

              This Power Skating & Skills Clinic is a REP program that is designed to develop skating and puck handling skills for ADVANCED level players and will focus on training proper mechanics towards combining the speed and skill that will be applied to in-game situations.

              The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:

              • First Step Speed and Explosive Acceleration
              • Agility & Quickness
              • Power, Speed and Dynamic Balance
              • Stopping & Crossovers for Speed with the Puck
              • Dynamic Puck Handling with Maximum Skating Efficiency and Edge Control

              Clinics can be registered in 7 week long programs and will be delivered from an 80 minute Lesson Plan to provide skill specific repetition necessary for technical improvement.

              POWER SKATING & SKILLS DATES & TIMES
              The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for an 80-minute on-ice session over an 7-Week Training Cycle.

              Dates:
              Program 1
              May 4, 11, 25 (No Class May 18)
              June 1, 8, 15, 22

              Program 2
              July 6, 13, 20, 27
              August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3)

              A, AA, AAA Level Players: 10 Years & Older – Saturdays: 12:00-1:30pm (12 Spots Available)

              The Spring/Summer Clinic schedule spans over 14 weeks of the off-season and can be registered in TWO (2) separate 7-Week Training Cycles.

              345 + HST

              Program 1 - From May 4, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
              Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2019 to Aug 24, 2019


              •  Learn to Play Clinics (BEGINNER Program - 5:1 Ratio)

                This Learn to Play Clinic is a BEGINNER program that is designed to introduce skating and puck handling skills to NOVICE Level players who are just starting hockey and will be delivered in a fun and encouraging training environment.

                The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:

                • Fundamental Skating Skills
                • Basic Puck Handling Skills
                • Mini-Hockey games

                Clinics can be registered in a 13 week long program and will be delivered from a 1 hour Lesson Plan to provide a fun and safe environment.

                LEARN TO PLAY CLINIC DATES & TIMES
                The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over a 13-Week Training Cycle.

                NOVICE Level Player: 4, 5, 6 Years Old – Sundays: 1:00pm and 2:00pm

                320 + HST

                Learn to Play Clinics - From May 12, 2019 to Aug 25, 2019


               SHOOTING CLINICS (Spring/Summer Training)

              •  Shooting Clinics (Group Circuit- 7:2 Ratio)

                The SHOOTING Clinics are designed to develop the shooting skills that will improve a player’s mechanics and balance required to efficiently and effectively release a shot with accuracy.

                The program syllabus address the fundamentals of specific Shooting Techniques along with stick handling & deking necessary prior to release. These basic skills will be improved through correct repetition of the mechanics within an circuit training format.

                The weekly ‘Lesson Plan’ will include the following areas of development:

                Shooting Techniques
                • Wrist shot
                • Slap shot
                • Snap shot
                • Backhand shot
                • Quick Release

                Stick Handling & Deking
                • Wrist agility
                • Hand Speed
                • Puck to Body position
                • Weight Shift for Balance

                Clinics can be registered in 7 week long programs and will be delivered from a 50 minute Lesson Plan to provide skill specific repetition necessary for technical improvement.

                SHOOTING CLINIC DATES & TIMES
                The training sessions are booked on Pre-Scheduled Date and Time once per week for a 50-minute on-ice session over an 7-Week Training Cycle.

                6 – 7 Years Old – Tuesdays: 6:30pm, Thursdays: 6:30pm, Saturdays: 9:00am
                8-9 Years Old – Tuesdays: 7:30pm, Thursdays: 7:30pm, Saturdays: 10:00am
                10 + Years Old – Tuesdays: 8:30pm, Thursdays: 8:30pm, Saturdays: 11:00am

                Saturday Shooting Program 1 is only 6 weeks and the cost for the Saturday Class is $215 + Tax

                250 + HST

                Program 1 (Tuesdays) - From Apr 30, 2019 to Jun 11, 2019
                Program 1 (Thursdays) - From May 2, 2019 to Jun 13, 2019
                Program 1 (Saturdays) $215 + Tax - From May 11, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
                Program 2 (Tuesdays) - From Jun 18, 2019 to Jul 30, 2019
                Program 2 (Thursdays) - From Jun 20, 2019 to Aug 1, 2019
                Program 2 (Saturdays) - From Jul 6, 2019 to Aug 24, 2019


                •  PRIVATE SHOOTING Lessons (1:1 Ratio)

                  The PRIVATE SHOOTING sessions program is a One-on-One session that would initially involve all aspects of the student’s shooting skills to assess the mechanics and balance required to efficiently and effectively release a shot with accuracy.

                  The progression of the lessons would be designed based on the development needs demonstrated by the student with the objective of improving specific Shooting Techniques along with Stick Handling & Deking skills necessary prior to release.

                  The Private Shooting lesson would address development needs in the following areas:

                  Shooting Techniques

                  Wrist shot
                  Slap shot
                  Snap shot
                  Backhand shot
                  Quick Release

                  Stick Handling & Deking

                  Wrist agility
                  Hand Speed
                  Puck to Body position
                  Weight Shift for Balance

                  BOOKING INFORMATION

                  Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                  Sessions can be registered in 5 or 10 Private Lesson packages or on a Pay-As-You-Go booking.

                  Sessions are booked based on availability of ice and instructor.

                  Contact our experienced staff to inquire about booking your private session and package rates





                  •  SEMI-PRIVATE SHOOTING Lessons (2:1 Ratio)

                    The PRIVATE SHOOTING sessions program is a One-on-One session that would initially involve all aspects of the student’s shooting skills to assess the mechanics and balance required to efficiently and effectively release a shot with accuracy.

                    The progression of the lessons would be designed based on the development needs demonstrated by the student with the objective of improving specific Shooting Techniques along with Stick Handling & Deking skills necessary prior to release.

                    The Private Shooting lesson would address development needs in the following areas:

                    Shooting Techniques

                    Wrist Shot

                    Slap Shot

                    Snap Shot

                    Backhand Shot

                    Quick Release Shots

                    Stick Handling & Deking

                    Wrist agility

                    Hand speed

                    Puck to Body position

                    Weight Shift for Balance

                    BOOKING INFORMATION

                    Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                    Sessions can be registered in 5 or 10 Private Lesson packages or on a Pay-As-You-Go booking.

                    Sessions are booked based on availability of ice and instructor.

                    Contact our experienced staff to inquire about booking your private session and package rates





                   PRIVATE SESSIONS

                  •  PRIVATE Lessons (1:1 Ratio)

                    The PRIVATE sessions program is One-on-One instruction that will provide close personal training.

                    Initial lessons would challenge all aspects of the student’s current skill level with the objective of identifying and improving observed weaknesses.

                    The progression of the lessons would be designed based on the development needs demonstrated by the student in the specific areas of Skating, Stick Handling and Shooting skills that will improve the skill execution and bring consistency to their in game performance

                    BOOKING INFORMATION

                    Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                    Private session bookings can also be made for Rink 2 (Shooting Pad) at a reduced price.

                    Private Lessons can be registered in 5 or 10 Private Lesson packages or on a Pay-As-You-Go booking.

                    Shooting Sessions are booked based on availability of ice and instructor.

                    Contact our experience staff to inquire about booking your private session and package rates

                    Discount Options

                    Rink 1
                    Package of 5: $850
                    Package of 10: $1,600

                    Rink 2
                    Package of 5: $675
                    Package of 10: $1,300





                    •  SEMI-PRIVATE Lessons (2:1 Ratio)

                      The SEMI-PRIVATE sessions program is One-on-Two instruction that will provide close personal training.

                      Initial lessons would challenge all aspects of the student’s current skill level with the objective of identifying and improving observed weaknesses.

                      The progression of the lessons would be designed based on the development needs demonstrated by the student in the specific areas of Skating, Stick Handling and Shooting skills that will improve the skill execution and bring consistency to their in game performance

                      BOOKING INFORMATION

                      Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                      Private session bookings can also be made for Rink 2 (Shooting Pad) at a reduced price.

                      The customer will be required to provide 2 (two) players for the private sessions and they should ideally be similar in ability

                      Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                      Private Lessons can be registered in 5 or 10 Private Lesson packages or on a Pay-As-You-Go booking.

                      Shooting Sessions are booked based on availability of ice and instructor.

                      Contact our experience staff to inquire about booking your private session and package rates

                      Discount Options

                      Rink 1
                      Package of 5: $450 Each Player
                      Package of 10: $850 Each Player

                      Rink 2
                      Package of 5: $350 Each Player
                      Package of 10: $675 Each Player





                      •  GROUP-PRIVATE Lessons (Small Group Ratio)

                        The GROUP-PRIVATE sessions program is Small Group instruction that will provide fundamental skill development.

                        Lesson plans will be designed based on the development needs in the specific areas of Skating, Stick Handling and Shooting skills that will improve the skill execution and bring consistency to their in game performance

                        GROUP-PRIVATE SYLLABUS

                        First Step Speed and Explosive Acceleration
                        Agility & Quickness
                        Power, Speed and Dynamic Balance
                        Stopping & Crossovers for Speed with the Puck
                        Dynamic Puck Handling with Maximum Skating Efficiency and Edge Control

                        BOOKING INFORMATION

                        Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                        Private session bookings can also be made for Rink 2 (Shooting Pad) at a reduced price with a maximum of 5 players.

                        Sessions can be customized in 60 min or 30 minute sessions

                        Group Private Sessions are booked based on availability of ice and instructor.

                        Contact our experience staff to inquire about booking your private session and package rates

                        Group Rates

                        Rink 1
                        3 Skaters: $65 Each Player
                        4 Skaters: $50 Each Player
                        5 Skaters: $45 Each Player
                        6 Skaters: $40 Each Player

                        Rink 2
                        3 Skaters: $50 Each Player
                        4 Skaters: $40 Each Player
                        5 Skaters: $35 Each Player





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