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â€‹Guest blog by JMSer Mark Chapin, of Lifetime Hockey
Lifetime Hockey (LTH) is is devoted to beginning and intermediate adult hockey players and hosts an annual camp targeted at that group. LTH founders are adult hockey players who are excited about helping other newbie adult players get into the game and helping intermediate players improve. LTHâ€™s website, www.lifetimehockey.com,has a wealth of information for the adult player, including animated common hockey plays.
The annual LTH four day hockey camp is in its tenth year; this summer, it will be Wednesday, July 20 through Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Parade Ice Garden LTHâ€™s camp features Tom Bast (who has run youth camps in Red Deer, Alberta for more than 25 years) and his all Canadian coaching staff. The camp consists of three instructional platforms including on-ice, dry-land and classroom teaching.
LTH limits its camp to the first 75 registrants which are organized into three coed groups. Five certified coaches provide a low student/teacher ratio. The camp includes video review of skating stride, radar analysis of shooting, controlled scrimmages and team strategy, e.g., cycling. LTH has a state of the art wireless microphone system together with a customized sound system. This allows players to clearly hear the coachesâ€™ instructions while on the ice. LTH leases the entire complex so players can leave their equipment in the locker rooms which are outfitted with fans and hockey trees to keep equipment dry.
Tom Bast and his staff use a sophisticated combination of on ice activities and classroom instruction. On the ice, players work through a graduated series of individual drills to develop improved skating, balance and stick control. Small group skills are emphasized including the breakout, passing, scoring plays, tip shots etc.
Players will learn and practice skills such as: how to approach and take a puck off the boards, how to elude fore-checkers behind the net, how the defense can control the game, spin moves, how to properly handle the puck and how to carry the puck while skating backwards, and more. Players will participate in controlled scrimmages where the coaches will continuously provide commentary and advice to each team and individual players.
The school uses the cohort model. Each instructional group will be made up of players with similar skill levels (like JMS). LTH does its best to put individuals together in the same group if so requested. The groups will remain together throughout the school. LTHâ€™s camp is a skills camp, although four days of hockey camp can be physically challenging, it is not a boot or training camp. Tom Bast emphasizes that LTHâ€™s camp is a fun learning environment to gain success in the game of ice hockey.
Tuition is $645 which covers all camp fees and includes a camp jersey, water bottle and continental breakfast. JMS members are entitled to a $50 discount and group discounts (five or more players from the same team) are available. More information is available here.
We hope to see you at Parade in July! Questions? Visit our website at www.lifetimehockey.com or send an e-mail to Mark@Lifetimehockey.com