Dates and Times have not been finalized for our 2020-2021 spring and summer hockey programs. Please check back for updates. Program and registration details will be uploaded here once finished.
March 7, 2019 - We have received numerous questions on what to do in the spring and summer after the hockey season ends. The simple answer is you need to train on a regular basis, which means almost daily. What that training entails really depends on the player’s age, playing level and hockey aspirations.
When I was a youth hockey player, I skated about 300-400 hours during a winter season, mostly playing pick-up games on an outdoor rink. I used to shoot and stickhandle a puck or ball daily. As I got older, my off-ice training included what is currently considered a standard off-ice work out, but at the time was unheard of. If you want to be good, it will take a lot of training and dedication. If you want to be the best, then you have to train the best.
My recommendation is that at the very least you need to skate 3-4 times per week all year long, which comes to about 300 hours per year. Skating includes attending Stick n’ Puck and Public Sessions along with your regular practice, skills clinics or any spring teams or summer hockey schools you plan to do. In a standard winter season, you are on the ice around 80-150 hours, depending on whether you play Rec. or Rep. and how many games you play. For the remaining 5 months of the year in the spring and summer, you have at least 150 hours of ice time to make up if your goal is to be on the ice 300 hours a year. That averages to about 5-6 hours of ice per week.
There are a huge number of options available, so you will need to use your training dollars wisely. A typical hockey school is usually about $80.00 to $130.00 per day and you usually get about 2 to 3 hours of ice with all the other off-ice activities. Compare that to a $10.91 public session, a $13.41 stick n’ puck or one of the summer training sessions and you can get more ice time with your training dollars at Kent Valley.
KVHA Executive Director
3 on 3 hockey is fast-paced, competitive, and FUN!
While hockey players are becoming faster and more skilled, the importance of in tight game play is increasing. For graduates of our Learn to Play program, this is your first chance to play in games! Participants will be placed on teams, given a jersey and socks, and will play cross-ice games against other players their age. Our organized 3 on 3 program teaches players a variety of necessary skills in order to excel and thrive in the skill-based era of hockey today. Whether beginner or advanced, cross ice game play develops the player’s ability to protect the puck, support the puck carrier, communicate with teammates, stickhandle in tight areas, shoot a quick release shot, play heads up hockey, and most importantly, have fun and compete in supervised gameplay. Each weekend for 6 weeks, players will play three twenty-minute games. There are no slapshots or checking allowed and all players must be fully equipped according to USA Hockey rules. Equipment rental is available.
5 minute warm up
First Game - first 20 minutes
5 minute rest
Second Game - next 20 minutes
5 minute rest
Third Game - last 20 minutes
Spring practices are available for Peewees and Bantams. Players practice with their peers in their age bracket for NEXT SEASON'S age classification. Spring practices are an excellent and inexpensive way to stay sharp and continue to develop your skills.
Coaches: Harry Smith, Molly Doner, & Ian Doner
Open to all players and goalies.
All Mite/Squirt practices will be 75 min. long (shared).
Peewees/Bantam practices will be 90 min. long (shared).
Skill development (approximately half time).
Small area games & scrimmage (approximately half time).
Hockey Development - Directed by Les Grauer
Today’s athletes are more skilled than ever. The Accelerated Training Day Camp Program provides players of all ages with the ice time necessary to improve their hockey skills. Every day, players get 1.25 hours of ice-time run by our experienced coaches. Along with the on-ice drills, there will be fun small area games plus some full ice scrimmage time.
Our hockey instructors have years of experience playing hockey at a high level, including NCAA division I and III college hockey, and every level of juniors. In our on-ice skills sessions, our coaches implement drills that have been proven to develop players and provide individual feedback to ensure the player’s progress.
Camp Dates: TBD for summer of 2021