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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 SKATING CLINICS (Spring/Summer Training)

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

    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 2 – 7 Saturdays
    July 6, 13, 20, 27
    August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3 Civic Holiday)

    Program 2 Availability:
    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2018/17/16/15 Born Skaters – 8:00 am (7 Spots Available)
    ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2014 & Older Born Skaters – 10:00 am (1 Spot 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.

    265 + HST

    Program 1 - From May 4, 2024 to Jun 22, 2024
    Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2024 to Aug 24, 2024


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

      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 2 – 7 Saturdays
      July 6, 13, 20, 27
      August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3 Civic Holiday)

      Program 2 Availability:
      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2018/17/16/15 Born Skaters – 9:00 am (10 Spots Available) 
      ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2014 & Older Born Skaters – 11:00 am (8 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.

      265 + HST

      Program 1 - From May 4, 2024 to Jun 22, 2024
      Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2024 to Aug 24, 2024


      •  Rep Skills (REP Program - 6:1 Ratio) Saturdays

        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 50 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 50-minute on-ice session over an 7-Week Training Cycle.

        Dates:
        Program 2 – 7 Saturdays
        July 6, 13, 20, 27
        August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3 Civic Holiday)

        Program 2 Availability:
        Rep Level Players: 2015 & Older Born Skaters – 12:00 pm (6 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.

        280 + HST

        Program 1 - From May 4, 2024 to Jun 22, 2024
        Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2024 to Aug 24, 2024


        •  Power Skating & Edges Program

          This unique new program will be run by Figure Skating instructor Acacia. The focus of this program will be to improve skating technique, speed and power. The focus on edge control will improve efficiency in skating and will help become an over more powerful and efficient skater.

          Cost: $180 + Tax

          Dates: 4 Weeks
          July – 9, 16, 23, 30

          2017, 2016, 2015 Born Skaters: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (6 Spots Available)
          2014 & Older Born Skaters: 3:30 – 4:30 pm (5 Spots Available)

          180 + HST

          Power Skating & Edges - From Jul 9, 2024 to Jul 30, 2024


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

            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 14 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 14-Week Training Cycle.

            Spring/Summer Program – 14 Sundays
            May 5, 12, 26 (No Class May 19 – Victoria Day Weekend)
            June 2, 9, 16, 23 (No Class June 30 – Canada Day Weekend)
            July 7, 14, 21, 28
            August 11, 18, 25 (No Class August 4 – Civic Holiday)

            NOVICE Level Player: 4, 5, 6 Years Old – Sundays: 12:00pm and 1:00pm

            415 + HST

            Learn to Play Clinics (12:00 pm) - From May 5, 2024 to Aug 25, 2024
            Learn to Play Clinics (1:00 pm) - From May 5, 2024 to Aug 25, 2024


           SHOOTING CLINICS (Spring/Summer Training)

          •  Shooting Clinics - Saturday Program (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.

            Dates:
            Program 2 – 7 Saturdays
            July 6, 13, 20, 27
            August 10, 17, 24 (No Class August 3 Civic Holiday)

            Program 2 Availability:
            ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2018/17/16 Born Skaters – 9:00 am (1 Spot Available)
            ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2015/14 Born Skaters – 10:00 am (5 Spots Available) 
            ALL CALIBER Level Players: 2013 & Older Born Skaters – 11:00 am FULL!!!

            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.

            305 + HST

            Shooting Program 1 - From May 4, 2024 to Jun 22, 2024
            Shooting Program 2 - From Jul 6, 2024 to Aug 24, 2024


            •  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 1 Hour 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

                Pricing
                Rink 1
                $200 for 1 Hour with 1 Skater
                $110 for 30 Mins with 1 Skater

                Rink 2
                $165 for 1 Hour with 1 Skater
                $90 for 30 Mins with 1 Skater

                Discount Options
                Rink 1
                Package of 5: $950
                Package of 10: $1,850

                Rink 2
                Package of 5: $800
                Package of 10: $1,550





                •  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: $500 Each Player
                  Package of 10: $950 Each Player

                  Rink 2
                  Package of 5: $425 Each Player
                  Package of 10: $800 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
                    2 Skaters: $105 Each Player
                    3 Skaters: $80 Each Player
                    4 Skaters: $60 Each Player
                    5 Skaters: $50 Each Player
                    6 Skaters: $45 Each Player

                    Rink 2
                    2 Skaters: $85 Each Player
                    3 Skaters: $60 Each Player
                    4 Skaters: $50 Each Player
                    5 Skaters: $40 Each Player
                    6 Skaters: $35 Each Player





                   GOALIE PROGRAMS

                   AA/AAA Skill Development Program

                  •  AA/AAA Skill Development Program

                    Stay sharp throughout the season with our AA and AAA skill development programs. An hour on the ice filled with fast paced drills working on skating, passing, puck handling and game like scenarios paired with an hour off-ice working on maintaining strength and conditioning throughout the season.

                    Head On and Off-Ice Instructor, Chad MacMillan will run a fast paced program for players born in 2008, 2009 and 2010 looking to keep their skills sharp throughout the season.

                    Dates and Times:

                    Jan 13th, Paramount Fine Foods, 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
                    Jan 14th – Iceland, 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
                    Jan 20th – Paramount Fine Foods, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                    Jan 21st – Erin Mills Twin Arena, 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM
                    Feb 3rd – Burnhamthorpe CC, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
                    Feb 4th – Burnhamthorpe CC, 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
                    March 3rd – Varsity Training Centre, 9 PM to 10 PM
                    March 9th – Erin Mills Twin Arena, 7:45 to 8:45 PM
                    March 10th – Erin Mills Twin Arena, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
                    April 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th,  – Varsity Training Centre
                    Two Groups, 7 PM to 9 PM
                    On-ice 1 hour, Dryland 1 hour
                    Pay as you go pricing: $40 per skate
                    595 + HST

                    AA/AAA Skill Development Program - From Jan 13, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024