Why I Love Hockey Camp

I’ll admit it. I’m a hockey camp junkie. I could do hockey camps every summer for the rest of my life. I’m a big believer in the value of hockey camps and what they bring to the table for a young person no matter what age.

Camps force players outside of their comfort zones. They have to interact with and play with people they have met mere minutes before. They have to become comfortable in a new environment, in a new location and with new coaches. They are given an opportunity to learn from different coaches and leaders – they are exposed to ideas and concepts they may have never seen before. Players are given a first hand look at just where they fit in the pecking order.

As a coach, I love the opportunity that camps present. I love to teach the game of hockey and there is no better place to do that then at hockey camp. During the season, we often get bogged down in strategy and systems almost to a fault. Camp season is when you can work on and train the fundamentals of the game. You can teach proper technique and mechanics. Coaches also have the opportunity to learn from each other in the summer – exchanging ideas and teaching points you use during the season. The free flow of ideas is invaluable for a coaches development.

I love hockey camp for everything it brings to the table. It puts people in new situations where they have to learn to do things in a new or different way. It exposes you to the outside world and challenges you to not only fit in, but find a way to excel. Hockey camp develops young people and coaches in ways that few other things in life can do. That is why you’ll see me on the summer camp circuit for as long as I work in hockey.

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One Response to Why I Love Hockey Camp

  1. coachnye says:

    Great to see the passion you show Chris. Keep up the good work!

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