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Tiggsy wrote:

So let’s get back to a less controversial topic. :)

I have probably asked this before to the group but it’s getting more real now so thought I’d throw it out one more time. Jr. is in his last year of bantams. What are some good off season options to get him ready for high school tryouts? His high school does have a program in July that lasts a few weeks but to me that doesn’t seem like enough. He’s going into a pretty competitive class A school and wants to be as ready as possible without bankrupting us. I think he has set a reasonable goal of getting a JV spot next year with a chance to suit up for varsity occasionally.

AAA is around but it seems way to expensive and travel heavy for what you get from what I can see. What else is out there?

If he’s really serious, then an offseason leg strength and speed program is the best thing that can be done in an offseaon… but that won’t work unless they are self motivated.

SSM Off-season — pretty easy to pickup and go with this one.


Cal Dietz Off-season — much more scientific than most, but Cal focuses on phases of training with method—”learning how to eccentrically and isometrically absorb energy before applying it in explosive dynamic movements. Athletes aren’t powerlifters. They must be strong, but only to the extent that it can benefit them in their sport.”


Someline like Project Hockey offers more custom and motivating things for the modern kid: https://www.projecthockey.com/

I’d do what the school offers for the offseason if possible, keeps the kid on the radar. I think just getting some time on the ice with some small area games and getting a feel for skates/pucks ahead of tryouts helps. I used to help run an eight session pre-season clinic for kids that basically covered the ice time cost $140 and $60/night for three coaches to be out there, so like $1600/30 kids — we’d do a 10-min warmup, then two 15-min games at each end and finish with a escalating condition drill over the month to build up the legs.