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The Midget/Junior Summer Camp is a weekly camp for players (AAA/AA 2005, 2006, 2007 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 become a 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.

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


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
  • INSTAT Video Account
    1.  Players provided with a personal Instat Video account.
    2. Links to player shifts from games stored here.  Allows players to review all of their shifts from the 2 games.
    3. Provides players with basic analytics on their play such as, turnover rate, puck possession time, shots and where they came from ect.
  • 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)


GOALIES!  For summer 2022, 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.  It takes into account research recommendations into how youth learn best.

Prior to each practice players will be sent a video lesson on topics and concepts for that week’s session.  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.  

Players will then attend practices and go over the skills and concepts for that day.  After the practice session players should go home and re-watch the teaching video.  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 two games are tests, giving players the opportunity to use skills from practice in games.  After the game, players will be able to watch and study their shifts and basic analytics through the use of their INSTAT account.  This will give players an honest view of their play and a blueprint for their development moving forward.

This camp aims to teach players how to “think the game,” develop a base of knowledge to use their skills more effectively and provide a blueprint for moving forward with their own development.  To do that, players must 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!————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Tuesday Midget Program Schedule (2005, 2006, 2007 AAA/AA)

Please see registration form for availability and/or sign up. When signing up please make sure to select correct player position!
Tuesday May 38:15 - 9:45pmPractice #1Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 108:15 - 9:45pmPractice #2Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 178:15 - 9:45pmPractice #3Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 248:15 - 9:45pmPractice #4Holiday Rinks
Tuesday May 318:15 - 9:45pmPractice #5Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 78:15 - 9:45pmPractice #6Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 148:15 - 9:45pmPractice #7Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 218:15 - 9:45pmGAME #1Holiday Rinks
Tuesday June 288:15 - 9:45pmPractice #8Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 58:15 - 9:45pmPractice #9Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 128:15 - 9:45pmPractice #10Holiday Rinks
Tuesday July 198:15 - 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.

Step #1:  Fill out parent/guardian contact information.

Step #2:  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 #3:  Fill out your player’s information.

Step #4:  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 #3 – 4 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.




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