Player Analysis and Evaluation Programs

In order to evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses, each camper will be tested in 12 separate areas.

These evaluations will also help determine campers current skill level. Our testing program will include upper and lower body strength, endurance, quickness, skating speed, shooting speed, etc. Individual data will be recorded for analyzing performance and development. We will utilize our radar speed guns to evaluate individual skating speed both forward and backwards, and we will also record shooting speed, testing each player's forehand, backhand and slapshot. Our staff will also assess individual skating skills and techniques, utilizing our video cameras and our new high-tech skating acceleration laser timing device. We can give you immediate on-ice correction, applying bio-mechanical analysis of skating techniques along with proper shooting and body-checking mechanics. We have found that these testing and evaluation procedures are very successful in improving skating acceleration, skating speed, shooting speed and safe body-checking techniques. An additional feature of our evaluation program will consist of daily video review classes, analyzing campers strengths and weaknesses on the ice as well as daily lectures concerning effective hockey tactics. Upon completion of the camp, each camper will receive an evaluation and a training program planned to develop players weaknesses in order to achieve the highest level of skill development.

Hockey is a game which requires all players to learn to play as a team, and learning how to play as a team is an important part of a developing player. Daily instruction in the area of team play and strategy will help give each player a better understanding of their role on the ice. Players will learn breakout patterns, offensive position, defensive and neutral zone position.

Emphasis will be placed on the role of defenseman, forward, and goaltender in Team Play Development. Students will learn the importance of team skills such as desire, pride, trust, motivation and working hard to achieve a common goal—skills that will benefit players throughout their adulthood.

The Skills Development Program features power skating, power shooting, creative stickhandling and innovative passing drills. At the Pee-Wee, Bantam and High School levels, we will also place a very high priority on body-checking instruction, including how to give and take a body-check. We will demonstrate the dangers of checking along the boards and help players better understand preventative methods to avoid serious injury as a result of giving or receiving a body-check.

Off-Ice Training

The Heartland Hockey Camp has a reputation of being very demanding physically. Our daily off-ice training programs consist of three mandatory workouts designed to improve each players strength, power, agility, quickness and endurance. Our staff will conduct a vigorous daily dryland training session that will include sprint intervals, plyometrics, quick foot movement, agility courses and drills designed to improve explosiveness. Each camper will also participate in an intense circuit weight-training session consisting of 20 workout stations in our private weightroom. Additionally, we will conduct daily dryland power shooting sessions, striving to perfect and improve shooting speed and accuracy.

We also stress the importance of psychological discipline. Research has shown that reaching your training goal depends more on the function of the psychological mind, than that of the physical body. All campers will be introduced to the importance of positive attitude reinforcement, relaxation methods and the application of sports visualization to achieve training performance. Finally, we will focus on the values of proper nutrition and diet, daily exercise and prevention of drug abuse.

On-Ice Training

Students will receive up to six hours of on-ice training each day. Our morning session is dedicated to individual skill development and it is 2 hours in duration. In the afternoon session, we focus on team play and group tactics which also last 2 hours. In the evening, all campers are eligible to participate in our open hockey session which lasts 2 hours. All sessions are coordinated and directed by our highly qualified staff, AT A STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIO OF 5:1.