Day 1 – How To Become A Varsity Student Hockey Player

This is the first day of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day for the next 28 days, there will be a short assignment for you to do to continue your development. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

How It Will Work

  1. Each day there will be a new workout posted to the TeamBuildr App. You will be expected to complete this workout every day. Rest and fun days will be included in the workout schedule. Initially, these workouts will look very familiar. As we work through the training camp, they will become progressively different and more challenging. These workouts are designed to help you build skating speed and power. There are also stickhandling and shooting drills included. There is a separate workout for goalies.

    You will be able to use the same login that we used for TeamBuildr in the summer. If you have trouble getting into the TeamBuildr App or need the code to subscribe again, please let Coach Steve know.

2. There will also be a new topic posted here each day. Each day there will be a short assignment, quiz or discussion point for all players to complete.

Over the next 28 days, we’ll be covering a lot of ground.

  1. The Secrets of Success
    • The importance of a positive attitude
    • Developing the ability to highly energized and motivated when it matters most
  1. The Process – Developing Your Success Game Plan
    • Setting goals – Outcome vs. Process goals
    • The secret to continual improvement
    • How to develop the habits that ensure your success
  1. Setting Your Priorities
    • School comes first! You can’t be a student athlete without being a good student.
    • The first question that university coaches will ask you
    • Family and friends
    • Other sports and hobbies
    • Finding a higher purpose (Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup)
  1. Off-Ice Training
    • The most important exercises
    • Leveling up – How to continually be challenging yourself
    • Improving speed, strength and power
    • The importance of cardio
    • Testing yourself – RBC Training Ground
  1. Developing Your Skills
    • The secrets to scoring more goals
    • Developing deception and misdirection in your stickhandling
    • Adding power to your shooting
    • Developing a quick release
    • Taking it from dryland to the ice
  1. The 7 Commandments of Nutrition for Athletes
    • The importance of nutrition
    • What to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
    • Pre- and post- and in-game meals and nutrition
  1. Hydration
    • What to drink and what not to drink
    • When to drink
  1. Sleep, Rest and Recovery
    • Why consistent sleep is so important
    • The secrets to getting a good night’s sleep
    • Rest and recovery 
  1. Injury prevention and recovery
    • How to avoid injuries 
    • The difference between aches and pains and real injuries
    • Modifying your training when injured
  1. Finding The Right School, Program and Team For YOU
    • Finding programs and schools
    • Going to school in Ontario vs. the rest of Canada vs. the U.S.
    • How to compare and evaluate programs
    • School-first vs. Athletics-first programs
    • Understanding scholarship money. How much and how long?
    • Do they have openings for you?
  1. How To Get Recruited
    • How to contact coaches and get noticed
    • What coaches are looking for
    • Putting together your athletic resume
    • Video for coaches
    • Campus visits and hockey camps
    • Interviewing tips. The questions you must be able to answer.
  1. Mental Preparation
    • Building mental resilience
    • Changing the channel
    • Staying focused
  1. Finding time for everything
    • First things first!
    • Managing your schedule

It’s going to be a ton of fun. Tomorrow we’ll dive right in.

Today’s Assignment:

Yes, there will be a test on this stuff. Save your answers.

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it. For now, these exercises will all be familiar. As we move through this training camp I’ll be adding new exercises and showing ways to increase the difficulty and applicability to your game.
  2. Take a look at the topics for the training camp above. Post the topic that most interests you (or another topic you’d like to cover) to the team WhatsApp group.