Velocity Hockey AAA Program Description
We are a Tier 1, AAA Youth Hockey Team with a mission of providing a Competitive, Skill Focused, and Winning Environment for players from the State of Minnesota.
Velocity Hockey has designed and developed the ULTIMATE off-season training program for elite hockey players of all ages. As a former NCAA National Champion, NHL player agent and NHL Scout, Noel Rahn has developed a Model Program and has compiled some of the best experts in their field to assist these players who are looking to develop their overall hockey skills both on and off the ice to enable them to prepare them for the next level of play.
The home for this one of a kind program will be held at Braemar Arena in Edina and the Velocity Hockey Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Velocity Hockey is the training center for many NHL players along with many of the top College and High School players from the metro area. Velocity Hockey combines all the aspects for proper Performance Development in: Skating, Skill Work, Strength and Conditioning all located under one roof to provide the perfect platform for player development. This combined with some of the best coaches in their field make this program a truly unique and fun Training Program.
The Velocity Hockey AAA Team Package will include participation in all of the following events:
1. 3 local AAA Tournaments: All Velocity AAA teams will participate in events around the metro area.
2. Spring Practices: All spring practices are held at Braemar Arena and are 1.25 hours in duration. All practices will be SOLO team practices (no shared ice).
3. Velocity Hockey Center 3 on 3 Spring/Summer/Fall League: This league is a great way to build and improve your overall skills in a very competitive environment. Players will learn to make plays in confined space at an accelerated pace. The team will participate as a whole. League will consist of:
4. Velocity Hockey 8-week On and Off-Ice Summer Skills Training Program: This takes place during the day starting June 10th and ending August 9th. This program will focus on INDIVIDUAL skill development. Practices will be held at Braemar Ice Arena and Velocity Hockey Center during the day. There will be NO night or weekend training the entire summer. This gives the kids an opportunity to enjoy the summer and play other sports without having conflicts. Our Program will include 2 components of training:
On-Ice Skills Fundamentals Training Program
Students will skate three times a week. They will skate twice a week at Braemar Ice Arena for 1.25 hours a session and once a week at Velocity Hockey Center for a one hour session. The summer training program will last 8 weeks with the 4th of July week off. Noel Rahn, Kelly Fairchild, Ryan Theros and Avi Friedman will run this On-Ice program.
The Skill Development Sessions will focus on the following with and without the puck:
Off-Ice Skating Treadmill/Skill Deck Stickhandling Training Sessions
Students will train off-ice for 1.25 hours twice a week for 8 weeks. Students will utilize Velocity Hockey’s Multi-Tasking Skating Treadmill with a built in Skill Deck. In these sessions, players will be working one on one with a skating instructor on the following skating fundamentals:
Players will utilize the turf track for developing skills including:
Players will use the shooting lanes to develop and sharpen all shooting skills including:
Players will be able to use the skill deck and stick-handling areas to work on skills including:
AAA Middle School Dryland Program
The goal of our Pre-High School Hockey Strength and Conditioning Camp (Middle Schooler’s, Peewee’s and Bantams) is to introduce hockey strength and conditioning to our younger hockey athletes and to those hockey athletes who may have participated in the past and want to resume their off-ice hockey training. Emphasis is placed on getting our younger hockey athletes to move their bodies more efficiently with more strength, speed and power through a larger range of motion increasing their functional movement and improving overall athletic development. The training curriculum consists of age appropriate strength training with equipment such as dumbbells, resistance bands and speed training equipment. SAQ (Speed, Agility and Quickness) will focus on sprint technique, lateral and lineal speed, acceleration/deceleration, hip flexibility and foot speed. In SAQ we will use speed hurdles, agility ladders, and resistance bands. Emphasis will be placed on Core Musculature development through all phases of the training protocol. All movement begins with activating the core musculature of the body. A well-conditioned core musculature will allow for greater explosiveness (power) through a greater range of motion and allows an athlete to perform at a higher level when their body enters a stage of fatigue. This is a great program to set the foundation for more advanced training programs in the future as the athlete matures and is able to progress into heavier training protocols.
Our workout is based off an entire upper and lower body circuit with only dumbbells. This is a fast pace, short rest period, high repetition, very intense dumbbell lifting workout that will guarantee to get the entire body metabolized and burning body fat while developing all the muscle groups and emphasizing total body muscular strength and endurance. The body is sent into a tremendous stage of muscle recruitment to lift and stabilize the weight as the athlete progresses through a fast pace, high repetition workout. No Muscle Escapes the Burn!
*The dumbbell weights are age and ability appropriate; typically 8-15 pounds.
Core Musculature Development, SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) and Conditioning
Core training, SAQ and Conditioning is all about speed and developing the athlete’s ability to change direction with efficiency and coordination. Focus is placed on sprint mechanics, lateral and lineal speed and foot speed. Resistance band SAQ training and full body stretching will be implemented to increase range of motion, lengthen skating stride and increase foot speed. Emphasis is placed on, but not limited to, loosening the hips, developing the glutes, hamstrings and calves.
In conclusion, this hockey strength and conditioning camp is an excellent opportunity to set the athletic foundation for young hockey athletes that are serious about progressing their hockey development. Right now, it’s all about learning how to train correctly, building self-confidence, learning about mental toughness and having fun doing it.