National Sport Academy Hockey Program
At Central Memorial High School
Frequently Asked Questions
Who would benefit from the National Sport Academy Hockey Program?
Student athletes who are striving to play hockey at the Midget AA / AAA level, have aspirations to play at the junior and college / university level and above and are passionate about learning to lead the lifestyle of a student athlete will benefit from this program.
What is the application process?
There are four parts to the application process. The first part is the completion of the National Sport Academy Application Package by the student athlete / parents. Once this application package is received by the National Sport Academy, we will contact you to coordinate an on ice assessment and to set up a meeting with the parents and student athlete. The meeting is to ensure you have all questions answered about the National Sport Academy. When these parts of the application process are completed, the Admissions Committee, consisting of National Sport Academy and Central Memorial High School representatives, review the application and determine if the applicant will be accepted into the program.
Does Central Memorial High School have to be my designated school in order for me to participate in the National Sport Academy program?
No it doesn’t. Over the years, many students have attended the National Sport Academy that do not have Central Memorial High School or the Calgary Board of Education as their designated school / school board. Student athletes have come from private, charter and Catholic schools as well as Rockyview and Foothills School District.
How does the National Sport Academy training impact the student athlete’s academic classes?
National Sport Academy (NSA) student athletes are regular students in Central Memorial High School that have their NSA training during one of their four periods during the school day. They will take three other core classes or options in each of the first and second semester. During their NSA training and through CBe-learn the NSA student athletes use their NSA training as well as their club training to achieve the Phys Ed 10, 20 and 30 learning outcomes. NSA coaches monitor the student athlete’s progress in the CBe-learn Phys Ed course.
The timetable / bell schedule allows time for National Sport Academy training without any impact on core academic classes.
Do the National Sport Academy student athletes take their academic classes as one group of students?
|The National Sport Academy student athletes are integrated into the general population at Central Memorial High School and only come together for their National Sport Academy training.|
Is transportation provided to Central Memorial High School in the morning and at the end of the school day? How do student athletes get from home and to and from Central Memorial High School?
When student athletes begin their day at a National Sport Academy training facility, parents are responsible for their student athlete’s transportation to the training facility.
When student athletes end their day at a National Sport Academy training facility, parents are responsible for their student athlete’s transportation home from the training facility.
When student athletes train within the school timetable, transportation is provided if the training facility is not within walking distance.
Do National Sport Academy Hockey Program student athletes have to apply and have an on ice assessment each year?
No, during the first year in the program, we will obviously get to know the student athlete very well. If we have any issues or concerns, we will contact the student athlete’s parents. There is a re-application that is sent out in late January or early February for families to confirm they will be returning to the National Sport Academy and to provide us with any new contact information and emergency contact information.
When does the National Sport Academy training take place during the day?
The National Sport Academy Hockey Program has two different training sessions. The High Performance 2 group consists of players striving to play at a higher level and are currently playing higher level community hockey. The High Performance 1 group consists of players striving to play at a higher level and are currently playing at the AA / AAA level. Student athletes are scheduled at the appropriate level where the National Sport Academy coaches feel the student athlete will experience the most development.
The training occurs during the school day in the period designated for that National Sport Academy sport. In order to accommodate the student athletes’ pre or post training needs such as changing, showering and having lunch, the National Sport Academy training may start slightly earlier than the school day or go slightly over at the end of the school day to accommodate the student athlete. The general Central Memorial High School timetable that all students follow is reflected in Table A. The National Sport Academy Hockey Program timetable showing when the National Sport Academy training takes place is reflected in Table B.
Table A: Central Memorial High School
Table B: National Sport Academy at Central Memorial High School
How do the student athletes get from Central Memorial High School to Stu Peppard Arena?
Stu Peppard Arena is located three short blocks east of Central Memorial High School so student athletes can easily walk to the arena.
How do the student athletes get their hockey equipment from Central Memorial High School to the training facility at Stu Peppard Arena?
|Student athletes must each have a second set of equipment which is then stored at Stu Peppard Arena in a heated secure storage room. Equipment such as skates, helmet and gloves, student athletes will usually transport back and forth in a sport bag and store in their locker at Central Memorial High School. We don’t recommend two pair of skates due to the cost and unique rocker on each pair of skate blades.|
Student athletes will bring skates (helmet and gloves) from Central Memorial High School to Stu Peppard Arena, access equipment from the Stu Peppard Arena storage room, get dressed and train. After the ice session, they will replace their equipment in the Stu Peppard Arena storage room and take skates (helmet and gloves) back to school. Goaltender’s equipment is handled differently. If you are a goaltender, please let us know and we will explain how the equipment is handled.
|Many grade 11 or 12 student athletes that are driving will have one set of equipment they transport and store in their vehicle.|
How many ice sessions do the student athletes have throughout the year?
We target 55 ice sessions per year, from late September to mid-March, but recognizing there may be school field trips etc. that may result in cancelling some ice sessions, we schedule closer to 65+ ice sessions in the spring for the upcoming year and we will typically run 55 – 65 ice sessions.
What type of training experiences are the student athletes exposed to in the National Sport Academy?
Sport Specific Training Session / Ice Sessions
The student athlete experiences a combination of drills, activities and small area games in order to develop their offensive and defensive individual skills / tactics and Hockey IQ. It is important to work on advanced skills and tactics in a controlled setting but they must also be taken to a competitive game situation where they can learn how to use them. Competitive small area games and competitive situations within the National Sport Academy ice sessions provides the opportunity to learn advanced skills and tactics, make mistakes, go do it again and get the coaching and repetitions to achieve improved skills, tactics and Hockey IQ that can be used with their club teams.
Puck Handling, Passing & Shooting
Learn, practice and receive the necessary repetition to maximize your individual and team play with the puck as well as the 90% of the game you play without the puck.
Defensive Skills & Tactics
Develop and maximize a player’s puck skills by practicing in competitive situations / small area games. Advanced puck skills take a lot of practice in order to incorporate them and transition them into a game. Hockey can be chaotic on the ice. Develop the Hockey IQ to thrive in the chaos and maximize the use of the advanced skills and tactics.
Practice and Training Analytics
The National Sport Academy ice sessions can allow you double or triple your repetitions in specific areas of your game during a hockey season. By focusing on skills and tactics as opposed to team systems, a player can double or triple their individual movement and individual puck possession time in 60 minute ice sessions as well as a hockey season. The development of the necessary skill mechanics and tactics in competitive situations, where there is decreased time and space and increased traffic and pressure requires increased repetitions – increased repetitions that are scheduled in 55 – 65 additional ice sessions per year at the National Sport Academy.
Coaching & Leadership
To develop the complete student athlete, the requirements are more than just the sport specific training. Below are some of the topics that are included in the 6 year National Sport Academy Coaching & Leadership curriculum.
- Sportfolio – My Athlete Development Plan
- Dreams & destinations
- Leading a lifestyle that produces results.
- Time Management – producing results for the student athlete.
- Organizing yourself to manage and minimize distractions in order to get into the Ideal Performance State.
- Goal setting – micro and macro goals. Have a vision. Plan success! Design your success!
- Failing forward – using the most important opportunities to improve and develop.
- Routes, Choices & Scholarships in Hockey
- Exploring local, national and international options available in the hockey industry.
- How to effectively promote yourself in the hockey market.
- Developing yourself as a student athlete in order to be marketable within the hockey market. What are your future teams looking for? Can you play at the next level or
- Building relationships with your support team
- How to get the most support from each member of your support team – teachers, coaches etc.
- Student Of The Game (goaltenders, defencemen and forwards)
- Video clips - How do the world juniors / pros do it?
- Understanding how to use the skills / tactics you are learning?
- Develop a hockey vocabulary to assess yourself & communicate!
- Practice & Game Analytics
- 4 Steps of Checking – Check Like The Pros
- Skills Testing / Analysis Orientation
- Foundations for Strength & Conditioning Training
- Understand the results required to develop your athleticism and hockey skills.
- Increase your strength & conditioning IQ to know how to train & fuel your body so you don’t get caught up in the endless shortcuts and magical workouts that promote immediate success but leave you disappointed at the results.
- Competition Preparations (Adversity Cup, Frozen 4 on 4, Winter Classic etc.)
Strength & Conditioning (S & C), Speed Agility Quickness (SAQ) / Cross Training (XT)
Off season training is appropriate and safe for the age of the student athlete. The National Sport Academy training maximizes the effectiveness of the hockey energy systems focusing on injury prevention, strength, power, agility and cardiovascular training. In addition, throughout this period of training, there are cross training activities we feel are important to developing the overall athleticism of each student athlete.
How do we receive feedback on our student athlete’s progress in the National Sport Academy?
|The National Sport Academy coaches are available to meet throughout the year when they are not leading training sessions with student athletes. In addition, there will be times throughout the year when we have scheduled individual coach / parent meetings that we hope you will attend. We know these dates and times won’t work for everyone so, we can’t stress enough that we can meet at any time the coaches are not working with student athletes.|
Are there information meetings or an open house I can attend to get more information about the National Sport Academy and Central Memorial High School and meet the staff?
In late November, as well as Monday, February 6, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm, Central Memorial High School has an Open House that the public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the benefits to students attending Central Memorial High School and training with the National Sport Academy. Parents and student athletes are also able to request a tour of the school by contacting Central Memorial High School. As each student athlete’s circumstances may be unique to that student athlete, the National Sport Academy prefers to have one on one meetings with the family and student athlete interested in the National Sport Academy training.
Who do I contact for more information?
Roger Wolfe is the Head Coach, National Sport Academy Hockey Program. There are many components to the National Sport Academy Hockey Program and a conversation over the telephone or a meeting in person may be helpful. Contact Roger at 403-777-3646 or by email at email@example.com
Additional contact information for other National Sport Academy sports
- NSA Office: 403-777-3646
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSA Baseball – Miki Kawahara – email@example.com
- NSA Hockey – Roger Wolfe – firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSA Hockey - Alex Mandolidis – email@example.com
- NSA Lacrosse – Gord Henry – firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSA Soccer - Tyrone Irons - email@example.com
- NSA Soccer - Scott Irons - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/nationalsportacademy