Ice Hockey Camps for Boys and Girls
Learn the fundamentals of the "coolest game on earth" at a summer ice hockey camp.
The best way to learn to play ice hockey is at an ice hockey camp. A summer program offers beginning players instruction in basic skills and game fundamentals at a lesson pace geared to their abilities. Your child won't be in over his head, and will learn a variety of drills that can be practiced on his own time.
Most ice hockey camps take place during the summer, and while some camps do offer adult lessons, younger players on summer vacation are the most common participants. Also, instructors tend to be pro and amateur coaches and players who are available to lead camps only during the ice hockey off-season.
Camps and clinics are set up all over North America, offering athletes instruction, training, practice to prepare them for the next level of play. Intense training camps for serious hockey players concentrate on preparing them for AAA level hockey, with professional and collegiate coaches covering all facets of the game, both on and off the ice.
Key considerations in selecting an ice hockey camp:
- Make sure it is geared to the camper's sports skills, fitness and stamina levels
- Find out the amount of ice time participants get each day
- What is the amount of time dedicated to off-ice drills or chalkboard sessions?
- Who are the instructors? If their professionals, find out how much time they'll actually spend at the camp.
- For women and girls, decide if a single-sex or coed camp would be the most comfortable setting - coed teams and camps are increasingly common and accepted these days.
Consult a summer camp directory or online specialty camp guides to find a reputable hockey camp for your son or daughter.