Monday, June 08, 2009
BC Hockey and Hockey Canada recently announced the official call for applications to host a 2009 Hockey Canada Skills Development Camp. This presents a unique opportunity of hosting a Hockey Canada Skills Development Camp to all member Minor Hockey Associations within BC Hockey.
Hockey Canada developed the program in 1997 and is now entering its thirteenth season. The primary objective of the program is to provide a vehicle for players and coaches to further develop the fundamental skills required to play the game of Hockey. The Hockey Canada Skills Development Camps are a one (1) or two (2) day event open to boys and girls playing in the Atom and Pee Wee divisions (9-12 years of age). Fundamental skill development is the primary focus of the program; ensuring players receive the necessary learning opportunities to further enhance their skill base.
All Minor Hockey Associations within BC are given the opportunity to submit an application, however only a limited number of camps are offered each season. BC Hockey will review each application as they are received. The local association is required to provide 10 – 12 volunteer coaches to assist with the delivery of the camps which were held in Nelson, Tri-Port, Campbell River, Elk Valley, Greater Vernon, Rossland / Trail, Haines Junction, Whitehorse, GM Place and Armstrong this past season.
Coach development is accomplished through specialty clinic training. Specialty clinic modules incorporate classroom and on-ice components designed to emphasize the fundamental skills of the game. Specialty Clinic modules include:
Shooting and Scoring
Small Area Games
BC Hockey recommends that a Coaches Specialty Clinic be run in conjunction with the Skills Camp. This program is a non-certification, optional educational service to grass roots coaches in Canada administered and delivered by the 13 Branches. The specialty clinics are short, three (3) hour modules that involve classroom and on-ice sessions for coaches that can easily be run during the Skills Development Camp.