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2017 High School Development Program

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Development Program 
Varsity and JV Players

For the 3rd year in a row Winterland has been requested to organize a spring/summer program to keep High School age players skating during the summer months.    We have a schedule that makes sure the kids skate at least once a week from May until early August giving them a chance to play other summer sports but still get some ice time.

The program will be in two age groups by Birth Year:  

2001 to 2003
1998 to 2000

Winterland does reserve the right to move skaters to a different session if skill levels do not meet the present session's level.  We want kids of equal skill level to skate against each other.

Program Plan: Utilize small area games to teach offensive and defensive concepts, systems and fundamental skills.

A top bantam, midget and high school player can skate at top speed from blue line to blue line in 1.9 to 2.2 seconds – 50 feet in 2 seconds – so a skater carrying the puck through the neutral zone needs to make numerous split second decisions and execute skills. Skating, stick handling, passing and shooting skills are all required in those 2 seconds.  The Winterland High School Program is designed to enhance split second decision making, skill execution and creativity of play at game level effort.

Why we do not use stationary line drills?  Our Founding Program Director, Mark Sullivan,  who learned to play hockey skating on ponds in Connecticut and has concluded after many years of coaching that X’s and O’s are destroying the youthful genius behind every player’s dream to be the next NHL Super Star.  Young players (under 12 years old) want to have fun, while older players want enjoyment. Stationary line drills are not enjoyable, do not contribute to high-tempo practices and do not teach creativity. 
Our program strives to promote split second decision making, skill execution and creativity of play at game level effort.

 Practice Plan:

Warm Up (5 minutes): We start every session with fundamental skating drills that emphasize edge work and transition skating.

Goalie Warm Up & Teamwork Competition Drills (10 Minutes)

Goalies: Standard Bruce Racine drills (stretching, lateral slides mirror drill, T-push, etc.).

Out-skaters: Skaters are randomly grouped into teams and required to execute skating and puck handling skills.

Small Area Games (SAG) (25 minutes): Hockey is a game with constant movement up and down the ice with endless possibilities for play making that are best taught through SAG’s.

Scrimmage (20 minutes): Pond hockey with a purpose where players are encouraged to execute the teaching points of the SAG’s.

Our program is a 13 week program starting in May 2017 and ends on August 6, 2017.   

We will take 24 skaters and 3 goalies per session.

Our 2017 Coaching Staff brings the best talent in St. Louis to the Ice.
2017 Program Director & Head Coach:  Todd Brereton
Goalie Coach:  Keith Van Gels of the Racine Goalie Academy
The 2017  program will include: 

- 13 hours of ice (8 at Webster Groves and 5 at Brentwood)
- 12 one hour sessions
-  1 Exhibition game at the end of the program
-  Each participant will receive a Winterland reversible jersey. 

Cost for Program( All funds are non-refundable)

$337 per person enrollment fee (based on 20 skaters and 
3 goalies registering - cost may vary if 20 do not sign up)

Goalies pay $155.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration

Balance Due March 15, 2017

$40 discount if you still have your Winterland Jersey from last year.  Program cost would be $297.00.  Credits will be issued after enrollment and first session.

Dates and Ice Times with Rink Locations

First time listed is the Varsity Session #1
Second time listed is the JV Session #2

Webster Groves Rink

Saturday, April 29, 2017               615p & 730p

Friday, May 5, 2017                       710p & 820p

Friday, May 12, 2017                     710p & 820p

Friday, May 19, 2017                     710p & 820p

Wednesday, May 24, 2017          715p & 830p

Saturday, June 3, 2017                  430p & 545p

Saturday, June 10, 2017               430p & 545p

Saturday, June 24, 2017               430p & 545p

Brentwood Ice Rink

Sunday, July 9, 2017                      1100a & 1215p

Saturday, July 22, 2017                 5:30p & 6:45p    


Brentwood Ice Rink

Sunday, July 23, 2017                    1100a & 1215p

Sunday, July 30, 2017                    1100a & 1215p

Sunday, August 6, 2017                1100a & 1215p  Exhibition Games