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.
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
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.