With the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the JWHL held it’s first “Skills, Drills & Direction” clinic on July 18th in Littleton, Colorado for 30 players ages 11-15. The one day clinic was held in order to help young players and their families understand the current state of girls youth hockey in North America, and to help them determine the best path to NCAA hockey.
The clinic kicked off with a one hour off ice session that focused on speed and agility led by Colorado Select Strength Coach Mike Egebrecht and his assistant, Sophia. The workout was specifically designed to reflect the work that JWHL teams are doing with their players. The key message was that most workouts can be done at home, and without expensive equipment.
Next, players and parents listened to a presentation by JWHL co-founder, Kush Sidhu (Washington Pride) entitled ‘Make it Count’ which clearly defined the landscape of girls hockey worldwide, and how different paths can prepare players for college hockey. The presentation uncovered important facts, such as there now being 99 NCAA Division 1 and 3 hockey programs for women in the United States and 33 CIS programs in Canada. The presentation also highlighted the fact that most players at the NCAA level come through local hockey clubs or their public high schools.
The clinic wrapped up with a 90 minute on-ice session that focused on fundamental skills and tactics, in a high tempo, station-based practice. A unique feature of the ice session was when three stations were set up by three different JWHL coaches who did their home team’s favorite drills and small games which the local players enjoyed.
The JWHL is looking forward to bringing a one or two day clinic to your city or association. For information, please contact Kelli Vossler. Thank you to all who participated in Colorado, it was a fantastic start and we look forward to coming to a rink near you!