More Information for Associations, Coaches and Parents
Some Associations in the city have had the opportunity to offer this program to their members for as little as $100.00 for an 8 or 10 week class. They do this by providing me and my staff with two or three hours of ice a week on which we teach our program to their players. Any interested coaches are welcome on the ice to learn and help. Not only is this a great benefit to your membership, but it also helps your program as the younger players that we instruct move up to play for your Hub teams or, in the case of rep associations, progress higher through your A, AA or AAA teams. If your association has available ice time, then this is definitely a win win situation for the association and it's membership.
Some Coaches prefer me to work individually with their teams. This can be arranged, with the associations permission, on any hour of practice ice that you wish me to attend. The cost (based on 14 to 18 players) is only $12.00 per player. I prefer to run full ice drills, but the program can be modified if only half ice is available. This way the coach can request help or work on any specific item where he feels the team needs work, or after a short evaluation I can point out strengths and possible improvements to help the players and the team.
Tip for Parents... The game of hockey is all about skating. Basically, most coaches want players to "play their positions". This means ability to move to open ice, to get the puck first when needed and the ability and stamina to get back and cover your man. To this end, the equipment that your child uses is very important to his ability to perform his role on the team. This does not mean that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on the best skates available. It simply means that the skate that you choose must be able to support your child, should be properly fitted and properly sharpened. A blade that is too sharp can be just as hard to skate on as a blade that has lost it's edge (too dull or nicked). If your child can not stand up straight on his skates then they are probably too big or unable to support your child. This player has no chance to attain the speed he could in a properly fitted boot and will probably have great difficulty with crosscuts or any sharp turn that requires him to use the outside edge of his blade. Ask your coach for help. If he is not sure of the answers to your questions, he will most likely know where you can find out.