The summer months can be used for a number of purposes. Relaxing after a long school year and hockey season, trying new activities, going on vacation. Stepping away from the rink in the off-season can be beneficial for a hockey player and playing other sports during this time helps to build a more complete, well-rounded athlete.
There are a number of hockey schools available across the province this summer that can provide players with added skills ahead of the upcoming pre-season. If you are interested in possibly signing up for one, it is important to do proper research before registering. There are quality hockey schools that exist but finding the right fit only adds to the experience.
Here are some things to consider when looking at hockey schools:
Cost: Signing up for a hockey school can be an expensive commitment. There are registration fees but also take into account the extra travel costs and potential room and board expenses depending on the camp location.
Staff: Do some research on the staff’s previous hockey experience. Make sure that the instructors have appropriate credentials, certification and legitimate experience in the hockey world. Try to get a breakdown of each day’s schedule beforehand and what sessions will be delivered. See what skills will be taught and whether you think your child will benefit. Atom players do not need to learn about body checking, they should be focusing on skill development.
Feedback: Ensure that others have had positive experiences at this camp. If you are unsure about something, call the camp’s office and ask questions. The last thing you want is to find out after the fact that the camp was not a good fit for your child’s age or skill level.
Fun: Perhaps the most important element of any sports activity, make sure this is something your child wants to do and has fun doing so. A camp that is too long could take the joy of the game away from it. Players should look to make new friends while having fun together on the ice.