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Hockey IQ Development Program

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The main purpose of this camp it to teach players how to “think the game.”  Becoming a better player is not always about having more skill but using your skills more effectively.

This program will teach players how to becoming more effective player by thinking the game and recognizing situations.  This program is designed like a class, with a progression of skills and concept building being directly applied to games.  Practice will be high intensity and controlled scrimmages used frequently.

This program is for any AAA/AA travel player.  Age groups include Squirt (2010 – 2011), Pewee (2008 – 2009), & Bantam (2006 – 2007).  See below for full explanation of camp design, schedules and setup.  

To see program availability and/or to sign up for any/all Spring & Summer Programs, please go to the sign up form at the very bottom of page.  



Cost: $395          ($21.9/hour of ice)

  • 10 Practices— 1 ½ hour Ice Sessions (15 Hours Total Practice Ice)
  • 2 Full Games— 3- 15 minute periods (3 Hours Total Game Ice) 

     TOTAL ICE = 18 hours


  • Jersey Provided
  • All Games are taped and video broken down with voiced over corrections for players to review/learn
  • Players provided with video lessons and example learning clips of skills before each practice
  • Access to online database of video lessons for player review of lessons anytime
  • Front Row Sports Discount Card (15% off Skates & Sticks, 20% off Protective Gear– Bauer Excluded)
  • Discounts for 3 on 3 Summer league ($185/player—normally $220/player–$15/hr ice)
  • Discounts for Small Group Skill Sessions ($17/session—normally $25/single session– 32% discount)
  • Discounts to Forward and/or Defense Skill Sessions ($20/session–normally $25/single session–20% discount)
  • Discounts to 3 Day Checking Camp (Pewee & above–$80/player–normally $90/player–$17.7/hr ice)


GOALIES!  For summer 2020 Bob Janosz Goaltending Staff will again be present to work with all goalies every practice session.  Goalies signed up for Hockey IQ Program are eligible to play in 3 on 3 Cross-ice Development League at discounted rate of $95 (normally $185 — 46% Discount!).  Sign also requires sign up of a Bob Janosz Week Long Program.  For all details and/or to sign up for Mark Zarbo Hockey IQ Program as a goalie please visit


Design Your Own Personalized Summer Program!

At Mark Zarbo Hockey our mission Provide players of all ages & skill levels all-around programs, flexible scheduling, affordable prices/incentives & best in class training. Players will not find another program that is able to provide all of those parameters at the level Mark Zarbo Hockey does in the WNY/Buffalo area.

Example:  A player signed up for Hockey IQ Development Program, 3 on 3 Cross-ice League, 10 Small Group Skill Sessions and 5 Forward-Defense Sessions comes to 45 total hours of on-ice training. Applying discounts price per hour comes to $18.88/hour ice! This includes all the supplied video lessons, access to Hockey IQ Video Database, breakdown of game film (Hockey IQ Program), jersey & Front Discount Card as well!


Why is this camp is designed the way it is?!

This camp is designed like a class at school and takes into account research recommendations into how youth learn best.

Prior to each practice players will be sent a full video lesson on topics and concepts for that week’s session.  These videos will show on-ice teaching of skills to be taught and will provide players with example videos of junior, college, and/or pro players using the skills/concepts.  Players should watch these videos to get mentally prepared for the concepts to be taught.  Just like in school, teachers assign students readings from a textbook before going to class to introduce them to topics for that day.  In addition, each video lesson will have a quiz at the end of it that players should complete.  The quiz acts as a players homework and will help them mentally prepare and critically think about skills to be addressed.

Players will then attend practices and go over the skills and concepts for that day.  After practice session players should go home, re-watch teaching video and re-do session quizzes.  Research shows when a student reviews a topic learned within 24 hours they are more likely to retain what they learned. 

After a base of skills is built, controlled scrimmages and scrimmage drills will be used to connect concepts/skills together and to games (Practice Tests).  The three games are tests, giving players the opportunity to use skills from practice in games.  The video from these games will be broken down with voiced corrections (test correction) for players to review and learn from after. 

This camp aims to teach players how to “think the game,” develop a base and make better decisions using their skills more effectively.  To do that players have to become a student of the game.  This program will offer players every opportunity to become that student and improve their hockey IQ.  Practices and concepts will be age dependent with each practice building off the one prior. 

Outside of this camp, players are offered great discounts to play in the 3 v 3 Cross-ice League and Small Group Skill Sessions. This will allow players the ability make an all-around tailored program to their exact needs! 

Learning is a skill!  Teaching is a science!



Monday Squirt Hockey IQ Camp Schedule (2010, 2011 birth years)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Monday April 205:00-6:30pmPractice #1Northtown Center
Monday April 275:00-6:30pmPractice #2Northtown Center
Monday May 45:00-6:30pmPractice #3Northtown Center
Monday May 115:00-6:30pmPractice #4Northtown Center
Monday May 185:00-6:30pmPractice #5Northtown Center
Monday June 15:00-6:30pmGAME #1Northtown Center
Monday June 85:00-6:30pmPractice #6Northtown Center
Monday June 155:00-6:30pmPractice #7Northtown Center
Monday June 225:00-6:30pmPractice #8Northtown Center
Monday June 295:00-6:30pmPractice #9Northtown Center
Monday July 65:00-6:30pmPractice #10Northtown Center
Monday July 135:00-6:30pmGAME #2Northtown Center


Monday Pewee Hockey IQ Camp Schedule (2008, 2009 birth years)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Monday April 206:30-8:00pmPractice #1Northtown Center
Monday April 276:30-8:00pmPractice #2Northtown Center
Monday May 46:30-8:00pmPractice #3Northtown Center
Monday May 116:30-8:00pmPractice #4Northtown Center
Monday May 186:30-8:00pmPractice #5Northtown Center
Monday June 16:30-8:00pmGAME #1Northtown Center
Monday June 86:30-8:00pmPractice #6Northtown Center
Monday June 156:30-8:00pmPractice #7Northtown Center
Monday June 226:30-8:00pmPractice #8Northtown Center
Monday June 296:30-8:00pmPractice #9Northtown Center
Monday July 66:30-8:00pmPractice #10Northtown Center
Monday July 136:30-8:00pmGAME #2Northtown Center

Monday Bantam Hockey IQ Program Schedule (2006, 2007 birth years)

See spot availability on sign up form below!
Monday April 20th8:00-9:30pmPractice #1Northtown Center
Monday April 27th8:00-9:30pmPractice #2Northtown Center
Monday May 4th8:00-9:30pmPractice #3Northtown Center
Monday May 11th8:00-9:30pmPractice #4Northtown Center
Monday May 18th8:00-9:30pmPractice #5Northtown Center
Monday June 1st8:00-9:30pmGAME #1Northtown Center
Monday June 8th8:00-9:30pmPractice #6Northtown Center
Monday June 15th8:00-9:30pmPractice #7Northtown Center
Monday June 22nd8:00-9:30pmPractice #8Northtown Center
Monday June 29th8:00-9:30pmPractice #9Northtown Center
Monday July 6th8:00-9:30pmPractice #10Northtown Center
Monday July 13th8:00-9:30pmGAME #2Northtown Center


Thursday Squirt Hockey IQ Camp Schedule (2010 & 2011 birth years)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Thursday April 235:00-6:30pmPractice #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday April 305:00-6:30pmPractice #2Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 75:00-6:30pmPractice #3Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 145:00-6:30pmPractice #4Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 215:00-6:30pmPractice #5Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 285:00-6:30pmGAME #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 45:00-6:30pmPractice #6Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 115:00-6:30pmPractice #7Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 185:00-6:30pmPractice #8Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 255:00-6:30pmPractice #9Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 25:00-6:30pmPractice #10Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 95:00-6:30pmGAME #2Holiday Rinks


Thursday Pewee Hockey IQ Camp Schedule (2008, 2009 birth years)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Thursday April 236:30-8:00pmPractice #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday April 306:30-8:00pmPractice #2Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 76:30-8:00pmPractice #3Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 146:30-8:00pmPractice #4Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 216:30-8:00pmPractice #5Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 286:30-8:00pmGAME #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 46:30-8:00pmPractice #6Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 116:30-8:00pmPractice #7Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 186:30-8:00pmPractice #8Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 256:30-8:00pmPractice #9Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 26:30-8:00pmPractice #10Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 96:30-8:00pmGAME #2Holiday Rinks


Thursday Bantam Hockey IQ Camp Schedule (2006, 2007 birth years)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Thursday April 238:00-9:30pmPractice #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday April 308:00-9:30pmPractice #2Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 78:00-9:30pmPractice #3Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 148:00-9:30pmPractice #4Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 218:00-9:30pmPractice #5Holiday Rinks
Thursday May 288:00-9:30pmGAME #1Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 48:00-9:30pmPractice #6Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 118:00-9:30pmPractice #7Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 188:00-9:30pmPractice #8Holiday Rinks
Thursday June 258:00-9:30pmPractice #9Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 28:00-9:30pmPractice #10Holiday Rinks
Thursday July 98:00-9:30pmGAME #2Holiday Rinks


How Do I know my Sign Up Form was submitted?

You know your form was submitted if you are redirected to a page stating your submission has been sent as well as be redirected to sign a liability waiver.

You will receive an automatic email copy of your submission form sent in and you should then receive a personal email within 24-48 hours confirming that the submission was received, spot availability as well as payment information.

Please note filling out a the submission form does not guarantee players a spot in camp(s).  You should receive a personal email confirmation within 24-48hours confirming that submission was received and whether spots are still available for your requests.