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LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY

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LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY

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Trained by Professional Hockey Instructors

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“Reid has been working with Coach Kern and HH since he was 4 years old.  There is no question that the skills and work ethic that Reid has learned from the Hardcore Hockey instructions have given him an edge over his peers.  The hands-on, individual instruction is just something you don’t get at team practices. The coaches at a team practice simply don’t have the time to properly correct each player’s technique when they are moving lines of kids through stations and drills. Introductory mite and mini-mite programs are even worse with 50+ kids on the ice at one time.”

“Hardcore Hockey takes the time to break down every technique, teach and perfect the technique, then perform the technique at game speed, then perform at game speed with pressure. You can’t get this level of instruction and intensity anywhere else in the area.” – Steve Pehrkon

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CLINICS │  CAMPS │ LESSONS

Hardcore Hockey LTPH program is specifically designed for the development of hockey players, between the ages of 2-12 years old, at the beginner level of play. It is our goal to correctly place players according to their age and skill into specific groupings for optimum player growth. Our instructors are committed to helping your player learn the basics of the game (and overcome separation anxiety). After participating in the LTPH program, your player will be ready for the Initiation Program both physically and mentally.

A great way for beginner skaters to transition into Future Stars. Players will learn the proper techniques of falling down and getting up using balance control. Full gear is not required but is highly recommended. A beginner player will not learn to feel comfortable in hockey skates without overcoming the fear of injuries.  Everyone at some point in time had to learn to crawl before they could walk.  This program is intended for just that.  This is why using hockey gear as protection and learning balance control is a main focus.  Similar to walking, this program is an introduction to hockey skating; learning the difference between skaters inside, outside and flat edges.  Hockey skaters balance on their flat edges, marching forwards and backwards using their inside edges and eventually using their outside edges for turning control and lateral movements. Note: Do not start your player out in figure skates.

“The skills I have learned from Kern are the foundation of my game. Josh always broke every skill down to minute detail and demanded perfect execution. You cannot be an elite player without an elite skill set. Hardcore Hockey has been a huge part of my development. I have the best memories of entire spring/summers spent at Hardcore Hockey.
- Cameron Smith (Committed to Dartmouth, D-I College Hockey)
 
“Hardcore Hockey graduate trained with Josh since he was 6 years old! One of Josh’s FIRST students!”
 
 “My son is a very serious young hockey player now beginning his Junior A hockey career. He has trained consistently with Josh Kern and Hardcore Hockey since he was 6 years old, and we have always relied on the professional staff at Hardcore Hockey. From year-round player development, the staff at Hardcore Hockey understands what players need to succeed. The assistance of Hardcore’s professionals has been crucial to my son’s hockey success.” – Janet Smith (parent of Cameron Smith)

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LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY CLINIC

Brochure: Click here  │ Registration Form: Click here │ Register: Click here │ Email Josh Kern: Click here 

This clinic is specifically designed for the players between the age of 19 months – 12 years old at the most fundamental level of play. A perfect fit for first-timers to prepare for the initiation program or a house team for the fall season.  Our instructors are committed to helping your player learn the basics of the game (and overcome separation anxiety).  After participating in this clinic, your player will be ready for this summer’s LTPH Camps both physically and mentally.

“Hardcore Hockey has built a rock solid skills foundation for my Mini-Mite. Amazing is my description of how the staff relates to and gets so much out of my 4 year old on the ice. Skating and hockey skills improvement has been astonishing…  From barely able to stand up on the ice, to a cool deke, and with a top-shelf shot in a blink.”

-Bob Hill (Parent of RJ Hill) 

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Instruction: Basic Fundamentals of Walking, Marching, Skating, Stickhandling, Shooting, & Fun Games

Dates: 5/17 – 8/9 │ Days: Sat. │ Time: 10:40 – 11:50am │ Fee: 420 (16 sessions) or 220 (8 sessions)

Prorates: Yes │ Drop-in: 35 │ Ages: 19 months – 12 years │ Level: Beginner │ Instructors: 4 – 6 │ Player Groupings: 4 -5

Included: Jersey (one per year), Water Bottle, Vehicle/Helmet Stickers, Hockey Music

Required Gear: Hockey Skates (rentals are an option), Helmet (bike, lacrosse, or hockey), Stick, and Gloves (winter mittens or hockey). Full Hockey Gear is recommended but optional (see below). Note: Must wear hockey skates, figure skates are not an option.

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PROGRAM TECHNIQUES

Beginner Levels (1, 2, 3, 4)

  1. Intro to Sliders, Stationary Up-downs (bottom, back, chest), Stationary Skate Touches, Stationary Puck Squats, Forward Duck Marches (while recovering a puck), Forward Knee & Skate Touches, Forward 1,2,3,4 Step – 2 Foot Glides, Forward 2 Foot Wiggles
  2. Forward Running Man (with Sliders), Backward 3,2,1, Blast-offs (sitting down), Backward Toe Pushes (with Sliders), Forward 2 Foot Hops, Forward 1 Foot Holds, Forward 1 Foot Hops, Forward Superman’s, Forward 2 Steps to 2 Foot Squats
  3. Backwards 3,2,1, Blast-offs (standing up), Backward Toe Marches, Backward Swizzles, Backward Hops, Backward Stationary Flat Edge Slides (side-to-side), Forward 2 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward 1 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward Skating (stick and rubber puck recovery)
  4. Forward Stationary V-Starts, Forward 1 Foot Pushes, Forward 1 Foot Pushes to a Hold, Forward 1 Foot Pushes, Holds, and Heel Hops, Backward Stationary V-Starts, Backward 1 Foot Toe Pushes, Backward 2 Foot Flat Edge Slides, Backward 1 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward to Backward Flat Edge Transitions, Backward to Forward Flat Edge Transitions

Novice Levels (1, 2, 3, 4)

  1. Forward Hockey Position Stance, Forward Upper & Lower Body Positioning, Forward Stick and Hand Positioning (elbow length), Forward Inside Edge V-starts, Forward Inside Edge Heel Hops, Forward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Forward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cut Hops, Forward Inside Edge 1 Foot C-cuts, Forward 1 Foot Flat Edge Slides, Forward Stride Extensions
  2. Backward Hockey Position Stance, Backward Upper & Lower Body Positioning, Backward Stick and Hand Positioning (elbow length), Backward Inside Edge V-starts, Backward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside Edge 1 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cut Hops, Forward Flat Edge 1 Foot Slides, Backward Stride Extensions (twelve to three o’clock)
  3. Forward Stationary Outside Edge 2 Foot Squats, Forward Outside Edge 2 Foot Squat Holds, Forward Outside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Forward Outside Edge 1 Foot Holds, Forward Inside and Outside Edge Figure 8’s, Backward Outside Edge 2 Foot Squat Holds, Backward Outside Edge 1 Foot Extension Holds, Backward Outside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside and Outside Edge Figure 8’s, Forward Hockey Stops, Backward Hockey Stops, Backward Hockey Stops (wide stance)
  4. Forward Inside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turns, Forward Outside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Backward Inside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Backward Outside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Forward Power-turns, Backward Power-turns, Walking Cross-overs (side to side), Forward Straight Continuous Cross-overs, Backward Straight Continuous Cross-overs, Forward Turning Cross-over Holds, Backward Turning Cross-over Holds, Forward Turning Continuous Cross-overs, Backward Turning Continuous Cross-overs

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY CAMPS – I, II, III

Daily Camp Schedule: Click here │ Brochure: Click here │ Registration Form - Click here │ Register: Website - Click here │ Email Josh Kern - Click here 

Don’t wait until the Spring and Summer is over to introduce your player to the coolest game on earth. This camp will cover the basic fundamentals of skating and hockey skills in a fun and educational atmosphere. Player report cards, parent consulting, and guidance will also be provided. 

“Josh Kern and the Hardcore Hockey Instructors offer the best instruction in the area” -Bryan Dinello (Cam’s Dad)

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Instruction: Basic Fundamentals of Walking, Marching, Skating, Stickhandling, Shooting, & Fun Games

Dates: 7/14 – 7/18, 7/28 – 8/1, 8/11 – 8/15  │ Days: Mon. – Fri. │ Time: 11:o0 – 4:00pm (before & After Care (8:00a – 6:00p) free of charge.

Fee: 385 (5 days) │ Drop-in: 77 │ Ages: 19 months – 12 years │ Ice Time: 2hrs per day │ Prorates: Yes

Off-Ice Stickhandling: 1hr. per day │ Dry-Land Games: 1hr. Per Day │ Level: Beginner │ Instructors: 2 – 4 │ Player Groupings: 2 – 4

Included: Lunch, Jersey (one per year), Water Bottle, Vehicle/Helmet Stickers, Hockey Music

Required Gear: Hockey Skates (rentals are an option), Helmet (bike, lacrosse, or hockey), Stick, and Gloves (winter mittens or hockey). Full Hockey Gear is recommended but optional (see below). Note: Must wear hockey skates, figure skates are not an option.

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Discount: Buy 2 or more Clinics or Camps and receive 10% off during 2014 (discounts do not apply towards prorated or half sessions)

PROGRAM TECHNIQUES

Beginner Levels (1, 2, 3, 4)

  1. Intro to Sliders, Stationary Up-downs (bottom, back, chest), Stationary Skate Touches, Stationary Puck Squats, Forward Duck Marches (while recovering a puck), Forward Knee & Skate Touches, Forward 1,2,3,4 Step – 2 Foot Glides, Forward 2 Foot Wiggles
  2. Forward Running Man (with Sliders), Backward 3,2,1, Blast-offs (sitting down), Backward Toe Pushes (with Sliders), Forward 2 Foot Hops, Forward 1 Foot Holds, Forward 1 Foot Hops, Forward Superman’s, Forward 2 Steps to 2 Foot Squats
  3. Backwards 3,2,1, Blast-offs (standing up), Backward Toe Marches, Backward Swizzles, Backward Hops, Backward Stationary Flat Edge Slides (side-to-side), Forward 2 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward 1 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward Skating (stick and rubber puck recovery)
  4. Forward Stationary V-Starts, Forward 1 Foot Pushes, Forward 1 Foot Pushes to a Hold, Forward 1 Foot Pushes, Holds, and Heel Hops, Backward Stationary V-Starts, Backward 1 Foot Toe Pushes, Backward 2 Foot Flat Edge Slides, Backward 1 Foot Snow Plow Stops, Forward to Backward Flat Edge Transitions, Backward to Forward Flat Edge Transitions

Novice Levels (1, 2, 3, 4)

  1. Forward Hockey Position Stance, Forward Upper & Lower Body Positioning, Forward Stick and Hand Positioning (elbow length), Forward Inside Edge V-starts, Forward Inside Edge Heel Hops, Forward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Forward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cut Hops, Forward Inside Edge 1 Foot C-cuts, Forward 1 Foot Flat Edge Slides, Forward Stride Extensions
  2. Backward Hockey Position Stance, Backward Upper & Lower Body Positioning, Backward Stick and Hand Positioning (elbow length), Backward Inside Edge V-starts, Backward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside Edge 1 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside Edge 2 Foot C-cut Hops, Forward Flat Edge 1 Foot Slides, Backward Stride Extensions (twelve to three o’clock)
  3. Forward Stationary Outside Edge 2 Foot Squats, Forward Outside Edge 2 Foot Squat Holds, Forward Outside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Forward Outside Edge 1 Foot Holds, Forward Inside and Outside Edge Figure 8’s, Backward Outside Edge 2 Foot Squat Holds, Backward Outside Edge 1 Foot Extension Holds, Backward Outside Edge 2 Foot C-cuts, Backward Inside and Outside Edge Figure 8’s, Forward Hockey Stops, Backward Hockey Stops, Backward Hockey Stops (wide stance)
  4. Forward Inside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turns, Forward Outside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Backward Inside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Backward Outside Edge 1 Foot Hold Turn, Forward Power-turns, Backward Power-turns, Walking Cross-overs (side to side), Forward Straight Continuous Cross-overs, Backward Straight Continuous Cross-overs, Forward Turning Cross-over Holds, Backward Turning Cross-over Holds, Forward Turning Continuous Cross-overs, Backward Turning Continuous Cross-overs

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY LESSONS

Information: Click here │ Flier: Click here │ Registration Form: Click here │ Lesson Request: Click here │ Email Josh Kern: Click here

At the bare minimum, it is necessary to receive a 1 hour training session per week.  The quality of ice time that a skater receives is equally as important. If you are looking for hockey development for your player that is to take them to the next level, the player should be taught by hockey development instructors. If you are serious about developing your game and becoming a competitive level player it needs to start now. Hardcore Hockey trains individual players and groups of players on a daily basis, elevating their skill level. Players from all regional ice surfaces seek out the training administered by Josh Kern and Hardcore Hockey. These players immediately evidence marked improvement as well as an increased knowledge of the game.

“I love the instructors at HH, they always teach me new stuff, things I haven’t learned in four years of skating and playing hockey. – Aidan Starr

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Instruction: Skating, Stickhandling, Shooting, Passing, Checking, Puck Protection, & Positioning

Dates: Year-round │ Days: Mon. – Sat. │ Time: 4:o0am – 5:00pm │ Rinks: SkateQuest & Haymarket Iceplex

Fee: 1 Hr. Slots: (1) private $85 / (2-10) Group $50 each │ 45 Minute Slots: (1) private $75 / (2-10) Group $50 each │ 30 Minute Slots: (1) private $55 / (2-4) Group $35 each

Drop-in: Yes │ Ages: 19 months & Up │ Levels: Beginner through Pro │ Instructors: 12 │ Included: Vehicle/Helmet Stickers, Hockey Music

Required Gear: Full Hockey Gear is recommended but optional.

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DETAILED INFORMATION

DISCOUNTS

Discount: Buy 2 or more Clinics or Camps and receive 10% off during 2014 (discounts do not apply towards prorated or half sessions)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Josh Kern – Director of Hockey Operations

RINK INFORMATION

VIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS

  • Each skill technique will have a video demonstration associated with it on YouTube@HARDCOREHOCKEY360
  • Each skill technique will have a video demonstration incorporated in a drill with it on YouTube@HARDCOREHOCKEYVIDEOS

VIDEO INTERVIEWS

REGISTRATION

Online or Front Desk

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Proper form is necessary in order to maximize on ice effectiveness, control, and development.
  • The largest barrier to a player’s development at a young age is the facilitation of bad habits which become more and more difficult to break as a player becomes comfortable or proficient handling a puck without proper form.
  • The goal for teaching beginner/novice players is to eliminate the possibility of forming bad habits through an establishment of awareness of technique and any mistakes that inhibit proper form.

VIDEO COVERAGE

  • All players will be recorded on-ice by iPads/iPhones and will be using a specific app (Coach’s Eye) an instant video editing software, to analyze each player and use instant play back to show exactly what needs to be addressed.
  • Video analysis will begin in the LTPH Novice level 1 and continue as the player develops through continued programs.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

  • We recommend at least (2-3) 1 hour sessions per week, year-round training if players plan to follow their evaluation stats and want to achieve their overall goals. 

EQUIPMENT

We recommend that beginner players use full hockey equipment so he or she feels physically prepared and protected.  Players should be able to fall down, run into the boards, and get hit with little to no pain.  Once players realize that falling down on the ice, hitting the boards and getting hit by other players does not hurt they will begin skating and playing more fearless. Once players advance past the Beginner 2 class, they will be comfortable enough to skate with a puck.

  • Before anything can happen, it is paramount that any hockey player is using a stick that is appropriate for their level.
  • Although it varies from player to player, the general rule of thumb is a players stick should be between eyebrows and nose height when off skates, and between lips and chin height when on skates.
  • Coaches should be regularly checking to make sure that their players are using the right equipment, and keep an open door when it comes to communicating potential needs to parents.

The following equipment is listed in chronological order to put on the body: Hockey equipment is optional:

  • Cup & Garter belt (optional)
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Socks or Sweat Pants
  • Hockey Pants
  • Hockey Skates
  • Shoulder Pads (optional)
  • Elbow pads
  • Jersey (provided)
  • Helmet with facemask
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Neck Guard (optional)
  • Mouth Piece (optional)
  • Hockey Stick

STICK FACTS

Beginner classes, players that cannot push and control a puck should use a straight stick. Curved sticks are recommended for use once a player can control a puck while turning. With a curved blade it’s easier to stickhandle, puck control, and lift the puck. Players past the beginner level should use a composite material stick which is lighter and more durable than the conventional wood stick. The optimal curve any beginner should use would be a mid-curve with an open toe. This allows players to get under the puck and lift it quickly and efficiently but still have plenty of room (2”) on the backhand side.
 
If your player is a beginner and you don’t know what hand he/she shoots with, drop a hockey stick on the floor and have he/she pick it up or you can have them shut their eyes and reach out and grab the stick from your hands. How they hold the stick initially is what you should stick with as long as your player feels strong and comfortable with his/her hand position and does not change it. If your player’s right hand is at the top of the stick (furthest away from the blade) and their left hand is on the bottom (closest to the blade) that player shoots with a left hand curve (lefty). If your player’s left hand is at the top of the stick and right hand is at the bottom, they shoot right handed (righty). It’s not always going to be the dominant hand that is at the top of the stick (this is old time hockey knowledge).
 
STICK LENGTH

Stand without skates and place the toe of the stick on the ground between your feet. Position the stick against your body so that the stick touches your nose. Make a mark where the stick touches your nose and this is where you should cut the stick. When you hit the ice, your stick should then come between the bottom of your nose and chin. Of course there are exceptions to this where certain types of players prefer longer or shorter sticks, such as a defenseman who prefers a longer stick (depending on level of play). Hockey stick rules aren’t set in stone…you need to find a hockey stick that is comfortable for your own personal style of play. Don’t worry about all of the guidelines that you hear, use a stick that you are comfortable and productive with.
 
TAPING A HOCKEY STICK

Sit down in an upright position and place the stick between your legs. Then grab your stick with one hand at the point where the shaft and the blade meet. Peel back a piece of hockey tape. Start at the top of the blade closest to the shaft (heel) of the stick. Your tape should spiral (wrapping around from top to bottom vertically) from the heel to the toe of the blade overlapping between a ½ and a ¼ of the width of the tape for every rotation around the blade. The tape should be applied thinly and evenly across the entire blade.  Most players like to cover the toe of the blade and then take a pair of scissors to remove the remaining tape left at the very end of the blade.
 
TYPE OF HOCKEY SKATE – NO FIGURE SKATES!
If a player is skating in a pair of rental skates and is skating as a hobby then there is no need to purchase a name brand pair of hockey skates. Players that are committed to improving their skating will step away from the rental skates and purchase a name brand pair of hockey skates. Beginner to advanced skates are offered in all youth and adult sizes. Purchasing skates that will fit your player with no more than 1/2″ allowed between the heel of your foot and the back of the boot. You want to make sure that your player is fitted correctly or it affects their ability to skate.
 
There are five main skate manufacturers: Bauer, Graf, Easton, RBK, and CCM. The fundamental differences in the manufacturing company’s skates is the position of your foot and weight distribution in the skate and its relative position to the ice.

  • Bauer skates are designed for players with narrow feet that like a stiff boot for added support. Bauer skates will put most of your body weight on the middle/toe of your boot which is recommended.
  • Graff skates are designed for all foot types, and place body weight on the toe of the boot.
  • RBK, CCM, and Easton skates all provide an even weight distribution making players feel like their foot is flat or neutral with the ice, the pitch is forward towards the toes which allows for a natural deep knee bend.

TYING SKATES

When purchasing a new pair of skates make sure they have been heat molded before lacing them up for the first time. Once they have been molded to their feet it will make the skates easier to lace up. There are two types of laces you can use: waxed or wax free. If you use the waxed laces it will make the skates tighter and easier to lace up. If you use the wax free laces it’s harder to lace up and you get the looser feel. You want your skates to be tight but not too tight. Make sure that the skates are comfortable but are tight enough around the ankles for maximum support.
 
SKATE SHARPENING

All skates possess three edges: inside, outside, and flat. Any new pair of hockey skates that you buy, will not come sharpened, they are dull when pulled out of the box. It is important to have them sharpened immediately and at the right “cut”, hollow or sharpness of the edge. The most common radius of hollow choice for hockey players is 1/2″. Beginners & recreational skaters should try an ROH of 1″ or 5/8″ depending on the type of ice (soft or hard). For a better glide skaters select higher ROH’s (1″ or higher) when they are looking for increased speed. More friction, skaters choose lower ROH’s (3/8″ or lower) when they are looking for more control.
 
Beginners should use a 5/8” cut so that you are able to feel every edge (inside, outside, and flat). Players should be able to use their skate on all three edges without any catching of the edges on the ice. Players that are at the beginner level and are between the ages of 3 – 8yrs. making a 5/8” cut is ideal because of height, weight, and desired control on all edges (inside, outside, and flat).

SLIDER

  • All players at the beginner level will be provided a slider to assist them standing up and walking 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Rental hockey skates are available ($6.50 fee).
  • Camp sportswear: Pants or shorts, HH t-shirt (provided on the first day of camp), and athletic shoes (no sandals).
  • All of our programs provide a 7:1 student/instructor ratio.
  • If you need to contact your child during camp hours please call or text 703.725.8656.
  • Please provide us with an appropriate email address when registering to receive a detailed schedule and proper release forms prior to the start of each camp. Release forms must be returned Monday morning prior to your camp start date.
  • Camp sign-in will begin 15 minutes before the start of camp.
  • Please provide snack money and water bottle for your child.
  • Any medical concerns or medications that need to be addressed, please contact Josh Kern at jk@hardcorehockey.com.
  • Before & After Care runs between 8:00 – 11:00am and 4:00 – 5:00pm – free of charge.
  • There are no refunds/credits.
  • All of our instructors are CPR & First Aid Certified.