Ice Hockey Summer Programs
Youth ice hockey is growing in popularity in the United States, creating more opportunities for boys and girls to participate in summer programs that can teach them fundamentals and bolster their skills for recreational play, high school competition and college. These programs come in a variety of structures, typically separating players by gender and sometimes also by individual coaching versus group training. Participants learn through classroom instruction, video analysis and getting out on the ice rink and practicing techniques. Depending on the program, there are also scrimmages, games and tournament competitions. Instructors drawn from college or camp-based programs teach the basics such as skating, hockey sense, shooting, puck handling and defense. As participants develop more abilities they can hone additional skills, including leading, passing, hitting and the flat stick tackle. Ice Hockey Summer Programs can be day or residential and equipment may be provided.