MEI Hockey Academy
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The MEI Hockey Canada Skills Academy intends to provide high performance training and Christian values-based character development to participating athletes. The academy has an overall purpose of developing young people so they will be well prepared to meet the most significant challenges of school, athletics and post-secondary life. We offer 3 levels of participation: Elementary, Middle and Secondary. Elementary and Middle School groups follow the Hockey Canada Skills Academy curriculum and program before school while the Secondary is a 4 credit P.E. class hockey team that competes in the spring season in the BC High School League and travel tournaments.
Elementary: GRADES 1-5 Skills Academy
This is our U9 to U11 age groups that is going to be meeting on the ice two times a week while gathering as a sports group for Character Building and Spiritual Transformation within the school day. Floor Hockey will also be part of this time period along with the basics of shooting, passing and stickhandling drills (Wed @ Lunch in Gym). They will all be taking part in all sports through the Physical Education curriculum. While on the ice players will be working on all skills at an even percentage each ice time as there will be station work and goalie specific training. Each ice time will have a structure where the coaches will Model the skill, help the players do the skill, and then watch the players do the skill on their own through game simulation drills recommended by Hockey Canada that represents the ability for intense movement under high repetition. To end each ice time players will have loads of FUN playing in mini games using the skills they learned that day. Atoms will transition into the peewee level with drills that will begin to challenge them.
Middle School: GRADES 6-8 Skills Academy
This is our U13 to U15 age group that is going to be meeting on the ice two times a week while gathering as a sports group for Character Building and Spiritual Transformation within the school day.
On Ice: based around the age specific on ice curriculum set out by Hockey Canada the U13/15 players will be expected to perform all the hockey skills at an above average level. These players will be challenged under intense but high repetition skill training. The main skills will be worked on in a skills unit format as we begin to concentrate more on the skill specifics while covering all aspects of the skill. We will also begin to introduce how the skill relates to the basic position of the player with Forward/Defense/Goalie situations. Units on Checking and Hitting will be taught along with a small percentage of system basics.
Off Ice: This group will be the youngest age where we will start to introduce dryland hockey specific movement training called SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) under the ABC (Agility, balance, co-ordination) concept. With a dryland that builds the players Character as well as the hockey specific training these players will get a great mix in the off-ice training to build the complete player. Nutrition and Mental strategizing will be tailored to their age level.
High School: GRADES 9-12 Hockey Team
4 Credit Spring Extended Day P.E. Class – MEI Hockey Team
Prerequisite(s): High performance hockey players must apply to tryout for the academy team in January to be selected to play in the April to June season. E-mail your interest to play to firstname.lastname@example.org by December. Team Cost = $1,500 plus travel expenses.
This is a 4 credit extended day course designed for high performance hockey players looking to achieve the next level and compete in a competitive environment via the BC High School League, tournaments and high level practices with professional coaches and staff. Players will be practicing every Tue/Thr from 3:00-4:00pm at Summit Center Abbotsford. MEI busses will transport players from MEI at 2:30pm each ice time. Players will be covering the core competencies of the Physical Education Curriculum outside the normal school day. There will be a combination of classroom, weight room and on ice sessions to achieve each player’s best as a character person and athlete. Students considering this course must be highly self-motivated and prepared to work to their maximum potential in each session. The MEI Academy team will also take part in one away travel tournament TBA.
NOTE: This program fulfils the MPHE-10, MACLV11 and MACLV12 curriculum. Grade 9’s must still take regular P.E. There are limited spots available at each position. Coaches are not limited to a certain number roster but will be looking to fill 9 forwards, 6 defense and 2 goalies for the team. Preference will be given to Grade 10 to 12 players but deserving grade 9’s will be considered. E-mail your interest to try-out to play by December to email@example.com. Team Cost = $1,500 plus travel expenses. For more information, please go to the Hockey Academy website.
1. Movement (P.E. Curriculum)
On Ice Skill Training: This component implements the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Curriculum as outlined from Hockey Canada. MEI Hockey follows the skills and drills that help players improve at the advanced Midget level for skating, shooting, passing, stick-handling, checking, game play, position specific play, and small area competitive skill games.
2. Active Living (P.E. Curriculum)
Off Ice Training: This component will be based at Bolt Fitness two times per week. Students will be working out at the Bolt Fitness for strength and conditioning. Students will be weight training and given hockey specific work-outs while also designing personal routines based on athletic needs.
3. Complete Health & Well Being (P.E. Curriculum)
Classroom / Theory (P.E. Curriculum): This component is based in the classroom with students exploring, researching and discussing important topics regarding their health and well being. Students will be responsible to cover the P.E. curriculum and complete assignments and projects to show their learning to complete the class and get their P.E. credits.
- Mental Health
- Healthy Choices
- Sports Psychology
- Spiritual Transformation and Character building
- Community service – giving back by helping coach the younger groups
- Mental training strategies that will help students perform to their best every day
- Leadership Development
- Game preparation, communication skills, goal setting
- Sports Nutrition
Hockey Hall of Fame
The MEI Hockey Academy is committed to producing high-quality hockey players as well as players with good character. Many hockey alumni have gone on to star in high-level hockey leagues throughout Canada and the USA. The Hockey Academy also hands out many awards in their yearly trophy case and keeps records on various skills including shooting, skating, agility and reactions. Three times a year the players are tested using the Sport Testing Digital Equipment for exact results and data that helps players see improvements and helps them know where they stand so that they can work specifically on certain weaker skill sets. These scores help determine the MEI “all time record holders” for each tested area. These stats are displayed on the website under “Record Holders” and at the rink.
Assessment and Evaluation
Students will be evaluated each term on their on-ice and off-ice performance. This will include their skill development, attitude and effort. A separate evaluation will be included with each student’s report card while also showing their testing results. For the Secondary class grades will be represented on a formal report card based on student performance throughout the spring season. Marks for the course will be based on a daily effort, skill development & attitude which will be recorded during the sessions. This will be included during all class sessions including ice times, practices, games, tournaments, dryland and classroom sessions. This Physical Education mark will be included on the students’ academic report card.
MEI Hockey Curriculum
The MEI Hockey Canada Academy Curriculum is based around both on ice and off ice components. MEI uniquely has a grade 1-12 curriculum which tracks each player’s progress through statistical testing results and the progress as they improve. The MEI curriculum has a large emphasis on individual hockey skill improvement but also has an equally important off ice component that is both hockey specific dryland which is age specific and character building through spiritual transformation. At MEI we believe the players are getting the entire package to graduate with excellent hockey skill training but also becoming the best person that they can be as they get the life skills of integrity, respect, and an appreciation to serve.
Student responsibilities while in the MEI Hockey Academy
- Attend full-time at MEI or have special permission as a Non-MEI Player
- Commit to academic responsibilities
- Maintain excellent attendance
- Be a responsible citizen within the school and community
- Demonstrate a high level of commitment to the outcomes of the program
- Work in a spirit of cooperation
Students need to keep in mind that to be part of this program is a privilege for all and as such, best behavior should be modeled at all times at school, in transit, at the rink and in the community. Reinforcement of this basic principle will be adhered to at all times. It is the key to the success and continuation of this program.
- Being responsible for your academics, behavior and time management will ensure a successful year.
- To be an ambassador for the MEI Hockey Skills Academy outside of the rink.
- Personal accountability and leadership demonstrated by each individual in all situations.
- The bus will leave the school on schedule according to when the on-ice session occurs within the timetable. Be punctual! Being late will mean non-attendance at Center Ice for the class and therefore to stay at school and report to the administration.
- On the bus, follow the bus driver’s rules and expectations. We will not tolerate poor choices.
- Unloading/loading of the bus – do this quickly and efficiently.
At the Rink
- Students will go from the bus directly to their locker and then to their assigned dressing room. Students would then start preparing for their session within their room
- Be punctual and ready to go for class on time (on/off ice)
- Students getting picked up by their parent/guardians after an on-ice morning session will be required to produce a written, and signed, note by their parent/guardian. Otherwise they will be expected to ride the bus back to the school.
- Proper dressing room protocol is essential before, during and after class. Failure to comply will not be tolerated. Students are expected to act responsibility.
- The dressing room should be left, as it was when you arrived. Nothing is to be left on the floor of the dressing room after practice (ie. Food wrappers, water bottles, tape, etc.).
- Proper language must be adhered to as this is considered a “classroom”.
- Students will be assigned dressing rooms. Dressing room assignments will change throughout the year.
- Male and female students will change in separate dressing rooms.
- Dressing rooms will be locked during on-ice sessions
- We will designate a FEMALE MOM to monitor the girls dressing rooms and to help out with anything needed with the female players.
- Students are expected to attend all on-ice, off-ice (gym) and classroom sessions and to be on time.
- Students are expected to be prepared with all necessary equipment for each class.
- Due to our tight travel/ice time schedule all students must be able to be fully dressed and undressed in 15 minutes or less.
- The cost of any personal hockey equipment and gear is the responsibility of the student and their family.
- Students are expected to participate to the best of their ability.
- Students must be respectful of instructors at all times.
- Students are expected to treat everyone fairly regardless of gender, place of origin, colour, religion or economic status.
- Students are to consistently display high personal standards and project a favorable image of their sport and school.
- Refrain from public criticism of athletes, coaches or volunteers
- Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language.
- Older Students are recommended to bring a towel, soap and shampoo, as they will be expected to shower after every on-ice session.
- Summit Center and MEI will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen gear or student belongings.