Varsity and JV Players
For the 4th 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:
2002 to 2004
1999 to 2001
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 first Program Development High School 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.
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 14 week program starting April 28, 2018 and ends on August 4/5, 2018.
We will take 24 skaters and 3 goalies per session
Our 2018 Coaching Staff brings the best talent in St. Louis to the Ice.
2018 Program Director & Head Coach:
Keith Van Gels of the
Racine Goalie Academy
Jefferson City Parks Department will be organizing some Friendship Games for High School Age kids. We are planning on taking down two teams depending upon how many would like to make trip. We plan to play 2 to 3 games per team that weekend.
Dates to be determined
Sat. 4/28 615p/730p
Fri. 5/4 710p/820p
Fri. 5/11 710p/820p
Fri. 5/18 710p/820p
Wed. 5/23 715p/830p
Sat. 6/2 320p/430p
Sat. 6/9 430p/545p
Sat, 6-16 745p/900p
Sat. 6/23 430p/545p
Sun. 7/8 1100a/1215p
Sun. 7/15 1145a/100p
Sat. 7/21 530p/645p Creve Coeur
Sun. 7/22 1100a/1215p
Sun. 7/29 1100a/1215p
Winterland in cooperation with the St. Louis Rockets and other local clubs will be hosting a summer house league for Midget and High School (U16) Teams looking to develop their teams during the summer.
The program will consist of 6 Teams playing a 12 game schedule. The program may be expanded if more teams show interest.
Starting May 29 and running through July 7/8 weekend.
Teams can register as whole teams for a cost of $2400($2700 if they need jerseys). Individual can register and will be placed on teams for $250 per player.
Teams will be coached by volunteer USA Hockey Certified Coaches. MIHOA will be supplying Certified Referees.
Games will follow all USA Hockey rules except there will be no checking. Contact will be allowed but a no-checking policy will be enforced. We are looking for players and teams that want to work on skills and team development.
(Ice times will be added as rinks confirm times and dates)
Tuesday, May 29 7:00pm / 8:15pm
Thursday, May 31 7:00pm / 8:10pm
Saturday, June 2 545pm / 700pm
Tuesday, June 5 7:00pm / 8:15pm
Thursday, June 7 7:00pm / 8:15pm
Friday, June 8 615p
Saturday, June 9 915a
Tuesday, June 12 7:00pm / 8:15pm (r)
Thursday, June 14 7:00pm / 8:10pm (r)
Tuesday, June 19 7:10pm / 8:20pm (r)
Thursday, June 21 7:00pm / 8:10pm (r)
Saturday, June 23 210p
Sunday, June 24 200p
Tuesday, June 26 7:10pm / 8:20pm
Thursday, June 28 7:00pm / 8:10pm
Saturday, July 7 330p / 445p / 600p / 715p / 830p
Sunday, July 8 1130a / 1245p / 200p / 545p / 700p