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BANTAM | 13-14

DEVELOP & CONSOLIDATE TECHNICAL SKILLS

At the Bantam age players should begin to consolidate the basic technical skills of the game. An increased focus on hockey should take place along with the introduction and development of advanced group/team tactics.

Depending on the individual player, other activities could be introduced relating to physical preparation to begin to develop a solid base for training routines. Concentration, activation, visualization, relaxation and positive internal dialogue are psychological attributes can be utilized at this stage of player development. Physical training routines should also be emphasized to compliment the main part of the ice session to also include proper warm-up, hydration, cool down and nutrition.

For Coaches

  • The intensity is increased during training in order to meet the competition demands. Make the task more difficult (effort given, greater speed of execution). 
  • The training session preparing the team for a competition must mirror the game requirements. 
  • Begin  to work with players on the mental skills of goal setting, visualization, focus. 
  • Look for High Performance coach education programs to continue to develop your coaching skills. 
  • Continue to focus on the fundamental technical skills and the tactical application of these skills. 
  • The tactic/strategy is adapted to the age level and the background of the players and to the typical characteristics of the team.

For Parents

  • Learn to go to the limit of your performance capabilities if you wish to improve.
  • Begin to focus on 2-3 sports but continue to be active. 
  • Physical preparation becomes important and a focus on training is key – develop good habits. 
  • Inventory your strengths and weaknesses; what hockey skills do you need to work on to take you game to the next level? 
  • Parents educate themselves on what types of training should be done at this age or the development age of their kids for educated enrollment in supplementary programs.

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Resources

This section includes the age -appropriate framework for players in this age group. It also provides practical resources including Core Skills checklists, Player Evaluation and sample Practice Plans.