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Midget Development Program

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The Midget/Junior Summer Camp is a weekly camp for players (AAA/AA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 birth years).  The main purpose of this camp is to teach players how “think the game” and give them a preview into what playing junior/college hockey entails.

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.  Practices will be high intensity simulating junior/college level practices.  Controlled scrimmages will also be frequently used in practices to teach players how to apply skills learned and not just connect skills to drills but to specific game situations.  See below for full explanation of camp design and setup.

NEW!  We have now added Iceberg Analytics to our Hockey IQ Program.  Any player who signs up will receive an Iceberg account.  Iceberg will provide players with links of all their shifts, as well as analytics for the 2 games.  Analytics such as turnover rate, puck possession time, shots and where they came from are few data points to be tracked.  In addition, Mark Zarbo Hockey will still be providing video with voiced over corrections based on what we have done in camp to date.  This will now provide players with a complete breakdown of their play in the games and a more complete blueprint for moving forward in their development!

See below for full program explanation and schedules.  Sign up form is at very bottom of the page!————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–


Final Summer schedule has been posted!  See below!

Midget Program #1: Mondays   8:00-9:30pm  Hyde Park Arena

Midget Program #2: Tuesdays   8:15-9:45pm  Holiday Twin Rinks


Cost: $405          ($22.5/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
  • Mark Zarbo Hockey’s Hockey IQ Video Database
    1. Access to online database of video lessons for players to review anytime
    2. Players are sent video lessons before each practice to review skills/teachings for that day
    3. Mark Zarbo Hockey to provide game film broken down with voiced over corrections for player to review/learn from
  • Iceberg Analytics account
    1.  Players provided with a personal Iceberg Analytics account.
    2. Links to player shifts from games stored here.  Allows players to review all of their shifts only from games.
    3. Provides players with basic analytics on their play such as, turnover rate, puck possession time, shots and where they came from ect.
    4. See a demo Iceberg Account by clicking this link!
  • Great discounts on gear & other programs provided!
    1. Front Row Sports Discount Card (15% off Skates & Sticks, 20% off Protective Gear– Bauer Excluded)
    2. Discounts for 3 on 3 Summer league ($185/player—normally $220/player–$15/hr ice)
    3. Discounts for Small Group Skill Sessions ($17/session—normally $25/single session– 32% discount)
    4. Discounts to 3 Day Checking Camp (Pewee & above–$80/player–normally $90/player–$17.7/hr ice)


GOALIES!  For summer 2021, 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 v 3 Cross-ice Development League at discounted rate of $90 (normally $185 — 51% Discount!).  To sign up for the Mark Zarbo Hockey IQ program please visit Bob Janosz website (3 v 3 League sign up please use form below):


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 v 3 Cross-ice League and 15 Skill Sessions comes to 45 total hours of on-ice training. Applying discounts, price per hour comes to $18.77/hour ice! This includes all the supplied video lessons, access to Hockey IQ Video Database, breakdown of game film (Hockey IQ Program), Iceberg Analytics account, Mark Zarbo Hockey 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 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 Midget Program Schedule (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 AAA/AA)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position! Schedule is subject to change once tryouts or other potential conflicts released!
Monday April 268:00 - 9:30pmPractice #1Hyde Park Arena
Monday May 38:00 - 9:30pmPractice #2Hyde Park Arena
Monday May 108:00 - 9:30pmPractice #3Hyde Park Arena
Monday May 178:00 - 9:30pmPractice #4Hyde Park Arena
Monday May 248:00 - 9:30pmPractice #5Hyde Park Arena
Monday June 78:00 - 9:30pmPractice #6Hyde Park Arena
Monday June 148:00 - 9:30pmPractice #7Hyde Park Arena
Monday June 218:00 - 9:30pmGAME #1Hyde Park Arena
Monday June 288:00 - 9:30pmPractice #8Hyde Park Arena
Monday July 58:00 - 9:30pmPractice #9Hyde Park Arena
Monday July 128:00 - 9:30pmPractice #10Hyde Park Arena
Monday July 198:45 - 10:15pmGAME #2Hyde Park Arena

Tuesday Midget Program Schedule (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 AAA/AA)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position! Schedule is subject to change once tryouts or other potential conflicts released!
Tuesday May 48:15 - 9:45pmPractice #1Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 118:15 - 9:45pmPractice #2Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 188:15 - 9:45pmPractice #3Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 258:15 - 9:45pmPractice #4Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 18:15 - 9:45pmPractice #5Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 88:15 - 9:45pmPractice #6Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 158:15 - 9:45pmPractice #7Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 228:15 - 9:45pmGAME #1Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 298:15 - 9:45pmPractice #8Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 68:15 - 9:45pmPractice #9Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 138:15 - 9:45pmPractice #10Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 208:15 - 9:45pmGAME #2Holiday Rinks

How do I sign up for programs?!

To sign-up for programs, please fill out the form below.  Sign ups are ONLY accepted by filling out form below and no longer accepted by emails, phone calls or text messages.

Step #1:  Fill out parent/guardian contact information and select how many players you are wanting to sign up for programs.  After selecting desired number of players wanting to sign up, that number of requested player sign-up forms will appear.

Step #2:  Fill out player information and check mark the box next to all programs wanting to sign the player up for.  After check marking the box next to programs interested in, further information for that program will appear.  Follow directions for each program to complete sign up.  Repeat step #2 for the desired amount players wanting to sign up.

After filling out and submitting sign-up form you will re-directed to a new page to fill out liability waiver.  In addition, you will receive an email receipt of your sign-up form with copy of your sign up, invoice and payment information.  Please make sure to double check, save and print out this email receipt for your records.  You are responsible for all dates signed up for.




After selecting number of players, the signup forms for each player will appear.