Practices will challenge players speed, skills, endurance, strength, and skating ability on full ice. Improving Agility, Balance and Coordination (ABC) among all youth hockey players is a main goal for the American Development Model and the Hockey 101 program.
Players who have passed level four Learn to Play and are looking to gain experience so that they may enter a rec or travel hockey program in the fall.
Pre-Requisite: Learn to Play – Level Four or
Evaluation by Aspen Ice Skating Professional
Passing – With these age groups, passing drills that
involve passing and receiving the puck while in motion becomes more relevant and possible as players have a more developed skill set. Drills and systems in these practices will become more fast-paced and complex.
Repetition – Repetition is important at all ages and is one of the major components of cross-ice hockey. The more puck touches a player gets, the more that player learns. Small groups and stations will be used to maximize repetitions and keep the player engaged.
Decision-Making – Adults recognize that a bad pass or sloppy stickhandling can result in a turnover and potential scoring opportunity for the opposing team. At this age, players should also start to identify and recognize this. Hockey 101 will increase the level of decision-making with more live-action game drills. Small-area games are the simplest method to build up a player’s cognitive abilities. We will focus on two-on-two challenges and drills that impart knowledge of the game will also help a player’s hockey sense and in-game awareness.