Day 23 – Developing Defence

This is the 23rd day of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day for 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.

Today, we’ll be learning about how to teach and develop defensive skills as part of the Hockey Canada Pond to Podium Development – Skills Series featuring Canada’s National Women’s Team athletes and staff.

Presenter: Tara Watchorn

  • Played for Canada’s National Women’s Team from 2010 to 2016, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and silver medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2011, 2015 and 2016.
  • Won the Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades in 2015.
  • Named CWHL Defenceman of the Year in 2014-15.
  • Played for Boston University from 2008 to 2012, winning the Hockey East championship in 2010.
  • Served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, winning silver at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
  • In her fourth season as an assistant coach with Boston University.

Today’s Assignment:

For today…

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.
  1. After you watch it, post something you enjoyed from the webinar to the team WhatsApp group.
  1. Important Reminder: For those of you who are interested in becoming coaches this is a fantastic opportunity. It will look great on your Athletic Profile. With the pandemic, Hockey Canada has made it easier than ever to start your certification allowing you take most of the training online.

    You should register for the We Are Coaches – Coach 1 and Coach 2 sessions for women only. In order to register for these sessions, you’ll have to first create a Hockey Canada eHockey account. You need to be 14 years of age to take the Coach training (if you’re not quite 14, you might make a typo when you enter your age… you can easily correct it later). When you register for these sessions, you’ll be sent information on how to take the pre-requisite Hockey University online coach training modules. Don’t delay… the Coach 1 training is this Thursday evening.

    Create your Hockey Canada eHockey account here.

    After that, register here for Coach 1 and Coach 2 webinars: Pond to Podium Development Series Information