Hockey Player Development (Clinics)

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NUTRITION & YOU (by Nick Parillo)

As you maneuver around the ice during a hard shift…have you ever wondered what is going on inside your body?

Within 3 seconds of your shift epinephrine (responsible for fight or flight response) is released in your brain and triggers glucose breakdown in the liver which is sent to your muscles. Cortisol is also released by the adrenal gland, this process also helps metabolize carbohydrates into glucose for energy.

Your heart rate then rises, the left ventricle one of four chambers in heart pumps oxygenated blood into the body.  You begin to perspire and you lose fluids known as sweat.  Salt, potassium and magnesium are immediately lost.  Throughout your shift these are lost in nutritionally significant amounts.

As a result of heart rate increase and glucose release your body starts to break down ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is made and stored by your body.  ATP is made by the foods you eat and is the direct result of your body breaking down glycogen.  As your body breaks down the ATP it turns into ADP (adenosine diphosphate) this crucial reaction helps your body in those short bursts needed during your shift.  After the ADP is used it converts back to ATP where more glycogen is needed.  The result of lactic acid build up in your legs is the direct result and bi-product of this chemical reaction between ATP and ADP.

In easier understood language your legs begin to burn….you need more oxygen…you fatigue…it’s time to change!!

A single hockey game or hard practice can deplete up to 50% or more of his or her total 24hr energy output.  Most young players frequently compete in 2 games a day and sometimes 5 games in a single weekend. Nutritional requirements even in the short term is paramount.  Dehydration can obviously be a major concern, thus fluid intake during these strenuous periods should be monitored closely by adults.

Personally, I believe that players should be preparing for competition by eating and drinking the proper foods.  Yes, supplementation and the science behind many of these supplements can help, but with factory cross contamination and other factors we must be careful what we put in our bodies.  Nothing can supplement a nutritionally sound meal. Fresh produce, vegetables coupled with a nutritious carbohydrate and portion of lean meat should be a staple in every serious athlete’s regiment.

There are so many good resources out there, here are a couple of my favorite. www.choosemyplate.gov was implemented recently by the government and is a great resource for parents and players.  Also, www.usahockey.com/playernutrition has an excellent video presentation regarding nutrition and young athletes.

Some of the simple guidelines that I tell my players to follow…

  1. Stay away from soda, fruit juices and sport drinks that contain high levels of sugar. Hydration is a crucial part of an athlete’s life.  Be smart about what you use to hydrate.
  2. Learn to read labels on your packaged and canned foods. The more ingredients a food has the more I suggest you stay away from it!
  3. Stay away from processed foods…food preservatives such as hydrogenated oil, BHT and other preservatives used to increase shelf life.
  4. A variety of color on your plate in form of fruits and vegetables is important during meal time
  5. Rest coupled with calcium and iron rich foods are very important for young athletes because of high growth periods
  6. Epidemiology studies have found that significant visceral fat in youths around organs has led to increased cardiovascular detriments later in life. I tell my players think of your body as a house’s foundation.  You are building your house now…what you put into your body now will affect you negatively or positively down the road.  These changes negative or positive will not happen right away.  Building that strong nutritional foundation is not just important for you as an athlete but will be crucial for living a healthy life as an adult.

Nick Parillo/Head Instructor www.hockeyplayerdevelopment.com

 

Continuing your development with HPD next summer…

For any aspiring youth hockey player HPD currently has programs for this coming summer of 2018.  On-ice these programs help provide and reinforce proper technique. Station based drills with 4-6 players per professional instructor provide needed repetitions and reinforcement of technique.  The Elite, Overspeed, Accelerated and Moderate 8-week clinics are ideal clinics for needed skating, stickhandling and shooting repetitions.  Taking a break from game play during the summer months is important for body & mind.  For competitive players the summer months are an ideal time to break bad habits, and reinforce good ones while gaining an edge in many areas that are over looked during the season.  Age appropriate strengthening exercises are used off-ice in most clinics to make the player more agile, stronger and faster on the ice.  Hockey is a late developing sport.  At times creating a great skill base and foundation is not apparent right away.  There are many factors involved. Once the player has fully matured in every area we can create a “complete” player.  Potential can then be reached, whatever that may be.  With most players this does not come until later in their teenage years or after.  For all of these reasons aforementioned skill development during the off-season is paramount.

HPD Summer Clinic Line-Up:

Moderate I Clinic: Eligibility Category: 1 Learn to play session/House League

-The Moderate I clinic is the ideal clinic for all beginners.  This clinic runs 1x a week for four consecutive weeks with one and a half hours of on-ice instruction.  This year there is an option for a second 4 week session, this will follow the first.  Basic skill concepts will be reinforced.  Players will be expected by the end of the clinic to demonstrate hockey position and execute a series of basic power skating drills.  By developing this base, a player will be able to learn more advanced skills in the future.  Over time this will enable the player to become more efficient on his/her blades and in turn become a strong skater.  Small area game play will be used to reinforce skills taught during the session.  Constructive game play is an effective way for a young player to practice his/her skills in a fun learning environment.

 

Moderate II Clinic: Eligibility Category: House League

-The Moderate II clinic runs 1x a week for eight consecutive weeks during the summer. This clinic consists of one and a half hours of instruction each week for eight weeks. This program is ideal for players wanting to improve and maintain their hockey skills during the summer months. All facets of the game will be covered throughout this clinic with a main emphasis on the most important concept SKATING. Player eligibility Category***(Completed at least 1 LTPH session, completed 1 year of House Hockey)

 

Accelerated Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House League

-For the dedicated, aspiring younger player is the Accelerated Clinic.  This clinic runs 2x a week for eight consecutive weeks during the summer. One hour of dryland precedes every practice. This clinic is set up for players that are looking to dedicate some of their summer to gain a real edge for the upcoming season. The first day of every week is designed for the player’s individual improvement in skating, shooting, passing and puck control. The 2nd day of every week begins with a brief review of skills covered on the previous day and then continues with a controlled scrimmage with emphasis on game situations, positional play and understanding forward and defensive objectives. Player eligibility Category*** (Must have at least 3 years playing experience to be eligible for this clinic)

 

Overspeed Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House All-Star/High school

-Hockey has evolved in recent years to a faster and more skilled game.  If you cannot accelerate quickly this leaves you at a huge disadvantage at almost every level of the game.  Certain techniques used at this clinic will reinforce quick starts, crossovers, lateral movement and quick transitions.  Resisted skating sprints will be done using on ice training equipment like parachutes and bungees.  Power skating, puck handling and shooting are also an emphasis in this clinic.  One on one small area games will be used to reinforce proper angling and reinforce the importance of defensive play.  Hard work and dedication are also a key factor in this clinic.  Players will need to be prepared each day for off-ice age specific training.  Our off-ice work directly compliments what is done on ice in order to effectively maximize the development in an 8 week period.  Player eligibility category***(Must have at least 3 years playing experience, preferably at least 1 year of travel hockey to participate in Overspeed I) – (Overspeed II ages 12 & up) – (Overspeed III ages 12 & up, travel experience required)***

 

Defense Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House/High School

The Defensive clinic is designed to enhance the skills of the defensemen. Defense skills such as transitions and backward skating are an emphasis in this clinic. This clinic is beneficial to all players, not just the defensemen. The clinic will help all players enhance their skills and knowledge of the game.

 

**New** Elite Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel

This clinic is designed to teach more advanced concepts.  On ice skill work will be an emphasis, off ice video sessions will be conducted in a class room setting with NHL scout Derek Booth.  Nick Parillo head instructor for HPD will conduct all on ice skill sessions with this group.  This clinic is recommended for players that would like to keep advancing at the highest levels for their age.  This is an “invite only” clinic.  Please email playerdevelopmentcamp@yahoo.com for more information and if this clinic fits your players description.

 

**New** Goalie Clinic: Eligibility ALL

HPD Goaltending Camp is focused on the most important aspects of improving as a goaltender such as movement, positioning, technical skills, and game play. Unlike other goalie-school methods, the camp is composed of eight sessions, each session focusing on a different aspect of the goaltender’s game. After each session, students are expected to use the following week to tailor the instruction to their style of play and master the lesson. Each of the following sessions will build upon one another, incorporating all aspects of goaltending to result in a higher caliber of play. This approach prevents the student from becoming overwhelmed with information and encourages students to master the learned skills outside of the sessions.

The camp will be composed of two groups according to age and playing level. Breaking down groups this way allows coaches to specialize their instruction to fit the needs of the group. Each group will be further divided during the session by groups of three, so each student gets more individualized attention. This organization allows coaches to work with students on the aspects of their game, permitting more repetitions and performance-based feedback. HPD Goaltending Camp is designed to help students reach their maximum potential in the net, regardless of their current skill level.

**EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS WILL ENTER A DRAW FOR A TRUE 6.0 GOALIE STICK** ($270 VALUE)

Camp Features:

  • Dates: June 22-August 17 (no clinic on July 6)
  • Day/Time: Fridays at 6:30-7:50pm
  • Two groups based on age/skill level
  • Maximum 3:1 goalie to station ratio
  • 80-minute ice sessions
  • Ability to digest weekly concepts
  • Educated instructors at each station
  • Skilled shooters

 

 

2018 CLINIC SCHEDULES:

Accelerated I  Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH 

(Mondays & Thursdays)

Registration Fee $495 Ages 7-11

 

Week 1

June 11th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

June 14th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 2

June 18th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

June 21st 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 3

June 25th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

June 28th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

 

Week 4

July 9th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

July 12th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 5

July 16th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

July 19th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 6

July 23rd 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

July 26th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 7

July 30th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

August 2nd 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

Week 8

August 6th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

August 9th 5:00pm-5:45pm Dryland 6:00pm-6:50pm Ice

 

Moderate I Hockey Clinic Session (1) Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH

(Wednesdays)

Registration Fee $140 Ages 8 & under

 

Week 1  

June 13th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

Week 2

June 20th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

Week 3

June 27th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

Week 4

July 11th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

 

Moderate 1 Hockey Clinic Session (2) Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH

(Wednesdays)

Registration Fee $140 Ages 8 & under

Week 1  

July 18th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

Week 2

July 25th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

Week 3

August 1st 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

Week 4

August 8th 7:00pm-8:20pm Ice

 

Moderate II Hockey Clinic Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH

(Tuesdays)

Registration Fee $285 Ages 9 & up

 

Week 1  

June 12th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 2

June 19th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 3

June 26th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

 

******4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 3rd – July 7th)

 

Week 4

July 10th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 5

July 17th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 6

July 24th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 7

July 31st 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

Week 8

August 7th 6:00pm-7:20pm Ice

 

Overspeed I Hockey Clinic  Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena  Sylvania, OH

(Mondays & Fridays) Ages 12 & under

 Registration Fee $495.00

 

Week 1                                                                               

June 11th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 15th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 2

June 18th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 22nd 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 3

June 25th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 29th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

 

Week 4

July 9th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 13th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 5

July 16th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 20th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 6

July 23rd 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 27th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 7

July 30th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

August 2nd  7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

Week 8

August 6th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

August 10th 7:30am-8:15am Dryland 8:30am-9:20am Ice

 

Overspeed II Hockey Clinic  Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena  Sylvania, OH

(Wednesdays & Fridays)  Ages 13 & up

 Registration Fee $495.00

 

Week 1                                                                               

June 13th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 15th 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 2

June 20th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 22nd 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 3

June 27th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

June 29th 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

 

Week 4

July 11th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 13th8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 5

July 18th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 20th 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 6

July 25th 8am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

July 27th 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 7

August 1st 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

August 3rd 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

Week 8

August 8th 8:00am-8:45am Dryland 9:00am-10:20am Ice

August 10th 8:30am-9:15am Dryland 9:30am-10:20am Ice

 

Elite Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH

(Mondays & Thursdays)

Registration Fee $545 Ages 12 & up

 

Week 1

June 11th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

June 14th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 2

June 18th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

June 21st 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 3

June 25th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

June 28th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

 

Week 4

July 9th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:20pm Ice

July 12th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 5

July16th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:20pm Ice

July 19th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 6

July 23rd 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

July 26th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 7

July 30th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

August 2nd 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

Week 8

August 6th 6:30pm-7:15pm Dryland 7:30pm-8:50pm Ice

August 9th 6:00pm-6:45pm Dryland 7:00pm-7:50pm Ice

 

Derek Booth Defensemen Clinic   Location – Tam O’ Shanter Ice Arena Sylvania, OH 

(Tuesdays)

Registration Fee $275 Ages 9-16

 

Week 1  

June 12th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 2

June 19th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 3

June 26th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

 

***4th of July week No Hockey*** (July 2nd – July 6th)

 

Week 4

July 10th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 5  

July 17th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 6

July 24th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 7

July 31st 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

Week 8

August 7th 5:00pm-5:50pm Ice

 

 

How Do You Increase Skating Speed?…

Many coaches, instructors and players all have their own opinions. It is actually a complex question and involves multiple activities. Adjusting your stride, lengthening it, tweaking it by practicing lots of stride work? Sorry, this will not work alone. The truth of the matter is, it takes lots and lots of time and hard work. The reality is great skaters have worked extremely hard on their craft.

Targeting specific muscle groups relating to skating speed is a very effective way of increasing speed over time. At HPD we use off-ice plyometric training.

Plyometric training entails specific exercises that enable the muscle to reach maximum strength in as short a time as possible. The muscles trained in these exercises for hockey are the vastus medialis and the vastus lateralis, which are part of the quadriceps muscle group. The gluteus maximus, the muscles on the inside and outside of the hip (adductors and abductors) and many other muscles that are used for stabilization, recovery and forward and backward movement. So Plyometric or off-ice strength training that targets these specified muscle groups is just one piece to the puzzle.

From my own experience and what many players neglect in the off-season and has a major effect on maintaining speed is Anaerobic training. Players go to off-ice and on-ice trainers all summer long to increase speed. Specialized power skating instructors, off-ice strength trainers, etc… . They accomplish this goal but can only maintain that speed for 10 seconds out of a 45 second shift. They still are not effective in a game. I see this all the time, parents approach me with the question what does my son need to do to increase his speed? Most times than not the player actually has adequate speed but is completely out of what I like to call “hockey shape.” Doing the training needed to maintain that speed for a 45 second shift is not an easy task. Like stated earlier it takes lots of commitment and dedication. It is a huge part of speed in hockey and in my experience it is widely neglected among players and trainers alike. Anaerobic activity is one that does not require oxygen, but relies on the ATP-PC and anaerobic glycolysis system of energy within the body. This system is used in short bursts and enables a player to take a hard 45 second shift. My favorite way to train this system besides plyometric work is to do a hill training regimen on a treadmill combined with a heavy bag regimen. The workout usually involves 45 second repetitions followed by adequate rests to simulate a hard shift and then a break on the bench. When doing this workout compared with others in the off-season I could actually feel a difference immediately in maintaining foot speed on the ice during a shift. I currently now do this workout with many of my Junior and College players that train with me over the summer. It is probably by far the most hated regimen for my elite level athletes but the most beneficial combined with a proper on and off-ice training regimen.

Skating technique alone will not make you faster but it is definitely a piece to the puzzle. A proper 90 degree knee bend is a first and foremost emphasis for me with my younger players. Being technically sound with weight over legs will allow a strong 45 degree drive of force. Also, using your edges properly during this drive is of utmost importance. The drive starts with the back portion of your inside edge located directly under the mid-line of your body. In your set position your skates are in what we term a V-postion. Using ankle flexion to cut the ice with the back and proper portion of the inside edge is paramount. Directly after the initial push comes the mid-line of the edge push as you thrust your skate outward at 45 degrees. The last part of the edge to cut the ice is the front portion of that edge, which some refer to as a “toe flick”. Retraction is then highly important. The returning blade must travel quickly to the starting position in order for proper weight transitioning to begin again on the opposite skate. An overemphasis on stride length is a very common theme in today’s youth hockey hustle. So much so, many parents spend entire summers working with specialized power skating instructors that work on specifically lengthening stride etc… . Certain body types do not condone a fluent long stride. This is just a cold hard truth pertaining to stride with a hockey player. Like stated before however proper knee bend is “MOST” important. Regardless of stride length a proper knee bend can create a powerful stride. I have played with some of the faster players in the game that have short choppy powerful strides. They push hard and retract even quicker, allowing them to stride again quicker then most. Some will argue that this player must then take more strides and essentially work harder then the player with a longer stride. I do not believe this is the case because if it were, I would see many more kids coming back from specialized power skating instructors with dramatically changed results. The reality is they come back with their strides tweaked a bit but they look like the same skater. Simply, there body type cannot change and there stride in turn will generally look the same. Another factor in skating speed I would like to point out is weight transfer during stride. Helping with weight transfer is a proper arm swing. Proper movement of the arms helps to develop a rhythm in the skating process to create a fluid-balanced skating motion. Combine this fluid arm swing with a proper knee bend and we are beginning to move forward in the right direction. I believe in doing many power skating exercises that demand full control of all movements. Being able to control other parts of your body while taking a stride is paramount. This is extremely hard for most kids because they simply lack the proper leg strength. They must use other portions of their body to help propel their skate when making a stride. This alone creates all sorts of bad habits, bobbing up and down, torso swinging, head moving just to name a few. My power skating concentrations focus on complete control of your upper body and opposite leg (non pushing leg). We do this by using many one legged power skating exercises to emphasize certain areas of your blade while concentrating on keeping full control of your body movements. With older more experienced players we do these same concentrations and add weight belts or vests to the regimen. In this way not only are we concentrating on technique but also strengthening the aforementioned specific skating muscle groups.

In the end, and as you can now see the question “How do I increase my son/daughters skating speed?” is a complex question involving many different facets. Combined, it realistically may take years and years of dedication to become proficient. We at HPD are willing to properly help in this area.

Some clinic spots are still available! Click here to register online.

Nick Parillo