Skinner Hockey Academy
We will do what no other team or academy does in the world for high school aged players.
- 2 hours of ice per day 5 days a week
- 1 hour of on-ice skills training per day
- 1 hour of tactics and systems training per day
- 1 hour of dryland strength & conditioning per day
- 1 hour of dryland skills training a day
- 1 hour of classroom where we study and breakdown hockey skills & tactics
- includes lectures, video analysis, research
- Pre-season In-season and post-season testing and tracking
PLAYERS WILL IMPROVE:
- Shot speeds up to 20 mph
- Shooting accuracy
- Shooting quickness
- Increase skating speeds up to 5 MPH
- Increase starting quickness
- Stickhandling quickness and skills
- Passing & receiving success
- Body checking techniques
- Hockey sense and thinking
- Offensive and defensive tactics
- Offensive and defensive systems
- Specialty team play
1 hockey tournament provides a player 4 games guaranteed. On average, this will equal 12 minutes of playing time per player, per game.
Thus, 48 minutes of playing time for the weekend. The average player has the puck on his stick approximately 2 minutes 18 seconds per game. Is your player really receiving the best developmental value where a family may spend $2000 in total cost for a tournament and their child touches the puck 10.5 minutes that weekend? Imagine the development potential where a player has the puck on their stick 10 hours a week AND gets appropriate game experience. At the SKINNER HOCKEY Academy, the player will get this, athletic and academic development for an approximate weekly cost of $800. The cost for 9.5 months will be $29,900.
1 year at SKINNER HOCKEY Academy is equal to 4 years of TIME with your local home team.
1 year at The SKINNER HOCKEY Academy is the equivalent to 6 years of instruction, and athletic development based on the teaching progressions, that the players would have received at their local home team.
It is a proven fact that players need 10,000 repetitions before they know a skill and 100,000 repetitions before they become an expert at a skill. Where are they going to get the repetitions…SKINNER HOCKEY Academy. Malcom Gladwell wrote in his book, OUTLIERS, that it takes 10,000 hours to become a professional or an Olympian. You can try to do it on your own or you can let SKINNER HOCKEY Academy do it for you.
There is a teaching principle called SKILL MASTERY. This concept is where an individual has to do many repetitions over and over in short amount of time to master a skill so that later it can be used at any time. If a player tried to learn a 10 ft backhand saucer pass once a week for the whole season, they would still not have perfected the technique by the end of the season. On the other hand, if a player was instructed to practice this everyday for a month, they would learn to MASTER the skill from every aspect, and they would be able to use this new skill at any time. Think of it like riding a bicycle. At first you had to practice over and over many times as a kid. In a months time, you learned balance and movement. After that you may have not ridden a bicycle for 10 years, but you could still go out today and ride right away because you MASTERED the skill a long time ago. We believe that the classic teaching of hockey has been ineffective because players are not taught to MASTER the elements that make up the whole.
At the SKINNER HOCKEY Academy, your child will receive the instruction, repetitions, and knowledge base, in the finest hockey developmental facilities, to maximize their development. AND, the program is actually taught by Sean Skinner.
SKINNER HOCKEY Academy Training will include:
- Synthetic ice training
- Skating Ramp
- Skating Treadmill
- Dryland shooting
- Rapid shot
- Pond Hockey
- Sports Med/Rehab on-site
- Mental Training – Saul Miller
- Vision Training
- Team Building
- NEW Advanced Thinking Training Software - The Hockey Intelligym
- Video Analysis
- Life Skills, values and character training
- Community service
- Training Logs & Smart Planners
- Tactics and system notebooks
- Next Testing – Proving the results
- Recruiting and future placement services
Players will shoot pucks, stickhandle, pass and skate every day and work on tactic and systems. The training will be broken down into 1 and 2 month segments. During that month at the end of every week players will have internal games focused on that particular topic. For example, 1 month of stickhandling where every week games are scored by the team that uses the most moves. 1 month of passing where every week games are scored by the team that uses the most successful passes. 1 month of power play where every week games are scored by tracking the power play percentage. Etc. Players will constantly have internal skill competitions on and off the ice, and weekly controlled games to develop every player in all hockey situations.
Half way through the season we will start play in a couple of key tournament where players are recruited. We will go to the tournaments where the scouts are. Scouts do not show routinely for regular season games. Regular season games are eye candy and entertainment for the parents. Players require a requisite number of full real games for exposure, development, and demonstration of the skill sets they have learned.
The classic hockey model of 60-80 games has been proven not to provide the best development model for youth. In this system, players advance many times in spite of their coaching, not because of it. Division I college teams play a 28 game regular season schedule. Alexander Ovechkin played 37 games in 2004/05 for Moscow Dynamo, his draft year where he was selected 1st overall. The year before, 2003/04, Nikolai Zherdev was drafted fourth overall by the Columbus BlueJackets and played only 20 games. And, in 2000/01 1st round draft pick Ilya Kovalchuk only played 39 games. Players need games but they do not need 60-80 games.
Kids love to play games, but have you ever considered what a game is? It’s a test! Think about a high school math test. If the student fails the exam do we have them retake the test over and over without first going back and studying the information? We don’t give them the test 5 times in two days. Or if the student excelled on the exam, should we hold them back by only offering him the same exam throughout the semester? An ice hockey game is a test that should be used to demonstrate a players development. The player’s need tests, but they need instruction and training first. They need these tests in the right proportions to maximize their development.