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Hockey IQ Pre-Season Development Program

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NEW! This is a 5 day intensive program based on our popular Weekly Spring/Summer Hockey IQ Program.

The main purpose of this program 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, classroom/video work and concept building being directly applied to games.  Practice will be high intensity and controlled scrimmages used frequently.

This program is for AAA/AA travel players.  For Summer 2019, this program is only being offered for Bantam players (2005, 2006). We hope to offer this program to other age groups in the future!  See below for full week schedule, staff and detailed explanation of the program. Sign up form is at very bottom of page!

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Dates: Monday August 12th – Friday August 16th

Rink: Amherst Northtown Center

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Player Cost: $495          ($15.5/training hour–32 total hours)

Goalie Cost: $395

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  • 16 hours Total On-Ice Practice
  • 2 Full Games (3 Hours Total Game Ice)
  • 13 hours Total Classroom/Video Work

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Total On-Ice = 19 hours

Total Contact/Training Hours = 32 hours

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  • Jersey Provided
  • Games are taped and video broken down with voiced over corrections provided to all players
  • Player given access to online database of video lessons for all topics covered throughout program for home review

*13 hours of Classroom/Video Work does not include the breakdown of game film provided to players or the access to our online video lesson database! Those are an extra benefits of this program!

*Dependent upon topic Forwards, Defense & Goalies will be split up for their own separate video work with coaches

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Staff/Instructors:

Mark Zarbo

  • RPI 2010 NCAA DI
  • Owner/Head Instructor Mark Zarbo Hockey Training
  • Regional Scout Lone Star Brahmas NAHL Jr A.
  • Niagara Falls Thunder USPHL Premier Skills Coach
  • Bruce Bourdreau’s Golden Horseshoe Camp Head Skating Instructor

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Rob Hartje

  • Head Instructor Mark Zarbo Hockey Training
  • Niagara Falls Thunder USPHL Premier Skills Coach
  • Bruce Bourdreau’s Golden Horseshoe Camp Head Skating Instructor

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Jared Cummins

  • Head Instructor Mark Zarbo Hockey Training
  • NCAA, NAHL, USHL Official Referee
  • 2016 1st Team All WNY Selection
  • UB ACHA National Tournament

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John Cullen (Goalie Coach)

  • OHL goalie, 2008 – 2012 (Windsor Spitfires)
  • East Coast Hockey League (Professional)
  • Buffalo Sabres Rookie Development Camp, 2012
  • Goalie Coach SUNY Fredonia NCAA DIII, 2014 – 2018
  • Current Head Coach Niagara Falls Thunder USPHL Premier

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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 have a classroom session on topics and concepts for that practice.  These classroom sessions are to be setup like a real class with a topic lesson, video examples and quizzes/tests for player review. Throughout the course of the week, each lesson/practice will build off the previous connecting all concepts together.

Players will also be provided access to video database of lessons the week prior to camp starts. This is to act as the players textbook. Players are encouraged to go through and watch the lessons for camp so they have a base of knowledge before attending. Just like in school, teachers assign students readings from a textbook before going to class to introduce them to topics for that day.

After each day, players should go home re-watch lesson videos and complete the lesson quizzes (homework).  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 directly to games (Practice Tests). 

The 2 games during the week are the players tests. This gives players the opportunity to use skills from practice in real 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. 

Learning is a skill!  Teaching is a science!

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Schedule:

Monday

8:00am Player Check-in
8:30 - 9:30amClassroom/Video Lesson #1
10:00am - 12:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #1
12:30 - 1:30pmClassroom/Video Lesson #2
2:00 - 4:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #2

Tuesday

8:00am - 9:30amClassroom/Video Lesson #3
10:00am - 12:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #3
12:30 - 1:30pmClassroom/Video Lesson #4
2:00 - 4:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #4

Wednesday

8:00am - 9:30amClassroom/Video Lesson #5
10:00am - 12:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #5
12:30 - 2:00pmClassroom/Video Lesson #6
2:30 - 4:00pmGame #1

Thursday

8:00am - 9:30amClassroom/Video Lesson #7
10:00am - 12:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #6
12:30 - 1:30pmClassroom/Video Lesson #8
2:00 - 4:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #7

Friday

8:00am - 9:30amClassroom/Video Lesson #9
10:00am - 12:00pmOn-ice Practice Session #8
12:30 - 2:00pmClassroom/Video Lesson #10
2:30 - 4:00pmGame #2

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Sign Up Form Below!

  • If signing up multiple players please fill out separate forms for each player.
  • Player must play position that they signed up for. To switch positions there must be a spot open at that position to switch.
  • You know your submission form went through if you are redirected to a page stating your submission has been sent.  You will then be redirected to sign a liability waiver form.  You should also receive an email copy of your submission sent in. 
  • 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.
  • Payment/Cancellation Policy: Players must pay prior to attending camp, if cancelling less then 2 weeks prior to program there is a $100 late cancellation fee

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Hockey IQ Pre-Season Sign Up Form:

If signing up multiple players please fill out separate forms for each player. You know your form went through when you are re-directed to a page that states submission sent and then ask you to sign a liability waiver. You should also receive an email copy of your submission and another personal email within 24-48 hours confirming spots are still available.
  • Players must be AAA/AA caliber. Example: 2005 AAA
  • Please double check make sure email is correct, or else you will not receive confirmation of sign up!
  • If there is another email you would like information regarding this program sent to please enter below.
  • Check mark box next to camp signing up for.
  • Please note player's will be required to play the position signed up for. If your player decides to switch positions in camp then a spot has to be open at that position for that player to do so. Practices and games depend on players playing the position they signed up for.
  • We will not be responsible if wrong jersey size is selected!