Aug 31 – Sept 4 Poised Defenseman / Defensive Forward Camp @ Activa Sportsplex


Openings Available! Awesome prep for tryouts and the coming season. 

Cost: $399 (Full Day), $329 (Half Day option…details below) @ Activa Sportsplex, Kitchener
Born in 2012 – 2005

Drop Off: 8 to 8:30pm, Pick up: 4 to 4:30pm

Two daily ice times, 135 minutes of on-ice training per day
Daily off-ice activities;  ( quick feet fitness, co-operative games, yoga, Eric’s Jam Session, and more! Lots of variety), plus 2 swim days
All campers will receive a custom wood hockey puck handmade by Eric Calder

Half Day Option….two ice times and quick feet (leave after second ice time),,they will have a quick lunch break as well.

Born in 2012 – 2005  9:30 am to 1:15 pm
Cost (No HST on camps) : Players $340

Please note there’s a 10% discount for the following options: (1) families registering more than one sibling, (2) registering in two or more programs. Or (3) register as a group of 6 and save more…15%. Email [email protected] for the discount code and send the list of six players please.

–  Academy Membership Packages are available and will run for a complete year from the date it was purchased


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 Poised Defense / Defensive Player Camp  August 31 – Sept  4 @ Activa Sportsplex

Head Ice – Eric Calder

Defensemen and Forwards in today’s game need to escape pressure with speed, pass quickly with accuracy, shoot with power, and contain / defend opponents through agility, quick feet, gap control and precision pivoting (1 on 1 man coverage). Throughout the program we will work with regularly on refining the mechanics of the skating (in particular backwards), shooting and passing. Come and learn about the individual skills and tactics necessary to excel as a modern day defensive player. Each of the four groups will work separately throughout 60-minutes of skill and tactical drills designed to elevate your game. If you want to be able to player effectively in games you have to be able to skating backwards efficiently and pivot from both backwards to forwards and forwards to backwards( we will do lots of it).

Each camp offers two active ice times designed to enhance and define the skills needed to succeed. The participants begin with power skating and power skills (full ice and small zone ice continuous movement patterns) and then rotate in small balanced groups through skills working on individual skills such as skating, shooting, passing, dekes, defending, stick handling and more. Each session has a specific focus and progression over the course the week. In later sessions we introduce individual and team tactics. The final component of each session is a small ice games (variety or different ones) This training format keeps everyone active throughout, thereby maximizing the number of reps and skill development time.

One distinguishing plus for Skills Plus Hockey Camps is the leadership on the ice and off the ice. Eric Calder (On-Ice Head Instructor and Camp Organizer) has 20 plus years of on ice teaching experience at Skills Plus Hockey Camps, has his highest level of Coaching (High Performance 2), is a Hockey Canada Certified Skills Instructor (new stream issued by Hockey Canada) and practical knowledge from thousands of on-ice practical teaching hours. Off-ice the group leaders are most of time trained teachers with the Ontario School Board and who have been teaching camps at Skills Plus Hockey for many years now. I encourage you to go to the bio page and have a look. This is a big distinguishing feature that separates Skills Plus Hockey from other hockey camps in the area. Goalies receive 20-minutes of specialized training at the start of each ice time with the goalie instructor(s).

The off-ice activities are designed to combine fun and fitness through a variety of sporting activities.   The Rep level and specialty camps place a more focus on hockey-related off- ice fitness with the use of the Quick Feet dryland program to enhance core strength and the aerobic and anaerobic base needed to perform at a competitive level. The All Level Camps will also experience a Quick Feet program workout or two.

As well, at the full day camps we go swimming twice during the week. We go to the Harry Class Pool…. a heated outdoor pool in downtown Kitchener. Trips to swimming are by School bus. The swims are all very tightly monitored with the swimming pool staff and camp instructors. Both the city of Kitchener and Waterloo have strict guidelines to follow at the swims. Parents are always welcome to meet us at the pool to volunteer if they’d like. We’ll have yoga on one of the days as well.

Back again will be Eric’s jam session. I love to play guitar, harmonica and sing in my spare time. I use to play and perform in bars in Europe when I was playing pro hockey. I’ve been playing for years and have enjoyed singing to all the groups that attend camp. I’ve had a lot of positive comments from attendees and look forward to playing again this year.

All summer camps are co-ed, with participants divided into sub-groups according to ability. The girls who attend camp will share a dressing room together…at times they’ll have some separate activities off-ice together. The structure of the All Levels camps challenges both rep and house league players. Skills Plus Hockey Inc. reserves the right to re-align the camp age categories due to variations in the camp registrations.

Late pick-up is available upon request. Please note you are required to accompany your child to the assigned dressing rooms each morning for drop off with the group instructor(s). As well at the end of the day you’re required to return to the dressing to pick up your child. There’s leniency to this camp policy with campers who are twelve years of age and older….upon clarifying with the group leader.