Lifetime Hockey’s camps are especially designed to improve the performance of the adult beginner and the intermediate player.
Some of the skills you will learn by attending Lifetime Hockey’s camps:
- Better skating skills and agility on the ice
- Achieving better balance to become “strong on your skates”
- Finding the right teammate and hitting him or her with an effective pass
- Offensive moves to make you a more effective player
- Shooting to score
Learn the “system” of good hockey offense including:
- Advancing the puck effectively into the offensive zone
- Puck possession and proper positioning
- Backing up to regroup and resuming the attack
- Using the “system” of good hockey defense
- Proper positioning (how not to be a puck watcher and to find your defensive person)
- One on one hockey and finding your check
- Finding open ice and executing the breakout
- Learn butterfly or hybrid techniques
- Playing angles
- What does the shooter see?
- Side to side movement–improving shuffling
- Seeing the puck into the glove
- Reducing rebounds
- Handling the puck
Our schools feature:
- On-ice instructional sessions
- Classroom instruction
- Dry land instruction
- Individual coaching and problem solving
- Controlled scrimmages
- Video tape analysis of each player’s skating stride
- Radar Gun evaluation of shot velocity
- State of the art sound system
- Quality coaches and a low teacher to student ratio
Lifetime Hockey’s head instructor is Eric Altena. Eric played High School hockey in Connecticut and College Club at Colorado State University. He has coached hockey since 1988 at all age levels – both inline and ice. He has refereed, played and taught coaches for USA hockey
Eric has a Level 4 coaching certification and has attended Level 5 Symposium.
Hockey School or Hockey Camp?
We use both terms in our advertising but we think of our offering as more of a skills school than a camp. We believe in adult education principles and deliver all of our training in a fun, challenging and supportive manner. All of our participants have shown that they are enthusiastic learners and don’t necessarily need or want a “camp” environment.
The most recent location for the school was Roseville Ice Arena, which is in Roseville, Minnesota a first tier suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The facility is centrally located and is accessible for Interstate 35-W. It has ample parking.
Minneapolis provides visitors with an exceptional range of activities beyond hockey. Find out more about the Minneapolis Metropolitan area here.
Equipment to Bring
The following list are our suggestions for equipment and other items you may find useful to bring when you attend a Lifetime Hockey School:
- Hockey equipment including a game stick and a dry land stick (white tape.) You need full gear and a helmet with at least a half shield.
- Lots of T-shirts and underwear (lots of sweating)
- Lots of socks (same)
- Flip flops (lots of showers at the rink)
- Gym shorts (dry land)
- Sweats (to wear around the rink)
- Hockey hats (cover our hockey hair)
- Duffel (besides your hockey bag to carry around extra stuff)
- Personal items (towels, shampoo, deodorant, soap et cetera)
- Medicinal (ace bandage, icy hot, Ibuprofen/aspirin, plastic bags for ice)
- Light jacket (you are in Minnesota and in an ice arena)
- Sunglasses, cell phone (sunny here)
- Camera (great pictures to be taken in the Twin Cities during the summer)
- Swim trunks (for all that time in the hot tub at the hotel)
- Notebook (for taking down all the information from the chalk talks)
Flying with Hockey Equipment
Traveling on the airlines with hockey equipment can be a little tricky but is very doable. Generally, airlines allow each passenger two checked bags, one carry-on bag and one personal item. They also have guidelines as to how large the bags can be and how much they can weigh. If you exceed their limits, they reserve the right to charge you additional fees to transport your bags. Many airlines have some exceptions in place when it comes to transporting sporting equipment. Your best bet is to go to the airline’s website and read their fine print on baggage allowances. Northwest Airlines for example limits your first checked bag to 50 pounds. You would be surprised how much 50 pounds is. All of your equipment including shoulder pads and skates will weigh-in between 30 and 35 pounds.
Carefully weigh and measure your bags beforehand so you know if you need to be prepared to pay extra. To protect your equipment and to make more space in your bag, stuff your shin pads into each leg of your hockey pants and then put in your gloves down the legs from the top and put your elbow pads on top of your shin pads. Stuff hockey socks into your helmet and put your helmet into the waist area of your hockey pants. Now you have a good base to stuff around with your skates, tape and water bottle (you can leave your water bottle at home, Lifetime Hockey provides one for you to take home with you). You can stuff more of your clothing into a plastic bag and place it into your hockey bag. As you know, you can’t take fluids on the airplane anymore so stuff all of your toiletries and cosmetics (it’s hockey camp, just bring shampoo and deodorant and tooth paste) into your hockey bag inside a zip lock type bag.