Youth hockey program, Arlington MA

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Arlington Hockey Club Mission

To offer a high quality, affordable opportunity for kids to play hockey.  AHC strives to provide age-appropriate and skill-appropriate player development and coaching.  We strive to build solid foundational skills as part of our travel, developmental and in-house programs, which will enable us to have a strong, sustainable program year after year.

 

AHC practices USA Hockey's American Development Model, and over 75% of AHC coaches have college or high school hockey experience.

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AHC Dryland Hockey Guidance
05/20/2020
Hi Everyone!   We wanted to reach out and provide some...
AHC Names Ken Simmons to Board of Directors
05/08/2020
AHC is proud to announce the appointment of Ken Simmons to AHC's...
 
AHC Dryland Hockey Guidance

Hi Everyone!

 
We wanted to reach out and provide some resources for off-season training.  
 
As a club we've adopted USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM), which calls for kids to take a substantial break from hockey in the off season, play other sports, and work to develop their general athleticism.  While we certainly still encourage kids to participate, practice, and play other sports, we also recognize in these unusual times the cancellation of Spring and Summer sports this year has left a gap, and therefore we are providing these resources as options for things to consider along with other athletic and sports training.  
 
Most of these exercises can be done individually, or with a  family member, and should help improve a players skills.  We encourage you not to require your child to do any of these, but instead offer them if they have an interest---it's still most important that hockey remain fun so they want to play when the rink is open.
  • General athleticism drills/ exercises
    • USA Hockey's ADM encourages hockey players to play other sports in the off-season as a way to develop their overall athleticism.  AHC  has adopted this philosophy as well and we encourage kids to get out and do what they can safely given the current circumstances.  Although there may be no spring/ summer baseball or soccer, they can still get out and practice those sports also:  playing catch with a sibling or juggling the soccer ball are great things to do that develop coordination and balance.
      • Other things:  Biking, swimming, tennis (with a sibling or off the wall), basketball, lacrosse, running, etc.  Try to get out and have some fun with whatever you choose and can do safely.
      • USA Hockey also offers an assortment of resources that provide basic athletic exercises, which are directed towards developing general athleticism and are applicable to all sports, not just hockey:
  • Training aids and equipment
    • There are tons of materials out there you can use to practice.  At youth ages, just being active is the most important thing and so there's little need to spend money on materials.  Most of the ADM exercises can be done with a hockey stick and tennis ball (maybe a golf ball for some of the stick handling drills).  So don't feel like you have to go out and buy a lot for dryland practice.
    • Although you don't need to buy anything, if you choose to, things we'd recommend would be:  green biscuit pucks, stick handling ball (or golf ball), net with shooter tutor or shooting tarp, dryland tiles, and passer.
    • Sports Etc. in Arlington has many of the trading aids such as nets, green biscuits (weighted plastic pucks that slide well on dry surfaces), stick handling balls, shooter tutors, etc.  
    • Other places to get training aides are:
  • Stickhandling
  • Passing & shooting
  • Hockey Sense
    • Hockey sense develops through playing a lot of hockey, both full-ice and small area games.  However, many sports are very similar in principle to hockey and developing an understanding of one sport crosses over to helping develop intuition in the others.  For example, learning to open up the passing lane, or getting into position for a shot rebound, is the same in hockey as it is in soccer, basketball, or lacrosse (albeit the speed and mechanics in each of those sports is somewhat different).  Likewise, many of the team sports have very similar strategies, fields, layouts.  So while playing other sports can help develop hockey sense as well, currently few sports are being played during the pandemic.  
    • Another way to develop hockey sense is to watch a lot of hockey--professional, college, international, etc.  When watching, keeping an eye on a specific player, where they go, how they position themselves, and think about how they play without the puck.  Paying attention to how advanced players create space for their teammates, move into space, and where they are relative to their teammates (and opponents) can help build hockey intuition (but it can take some focus and work on analyzing plays).
    • Intelligym  (https://www.usahockeyintelligym.com)
      • This is a USA Hockey tool that you need to subscribe to use and is similar to software for training pilots how to fly (it's considered a serious game---not a video game).  It's purposely not easy to control, but they claim it improves hockey sense, increases points per game, and decreases injuries.  Many advanced high school and college teams (as well as the National Development teams) use Intelligym.
      • We would not recommend this for Mites or first year squirts as it's likely to be too difficult and frustrating (too much work).  If you decide to try at these younger ages, we'd recommend a shorter subscription to see how they like it, and if they want to continue, then going to a longer subscription.
      • This is also something you do ~30 minutes every 2 - 3 days.  It's not intended to have multiple sessions in a single day, or even individual sessions on consecutive days.
  • Private lessons available
    • Messuri’s Skating & Skills: Teaching a love for the game of hockey since 1998. 
      • Lessons during Coronavirus break will still be held. However, social distancing will be observed (6 ft distance between all players), limiting the number of participants in any session, and play an important factor in teaching each participant.
      • Coach John Messuri and Anthony Messuri will be coaching these lessons. 
      • AHC special rate of $30/ hour.
      • If interested, please call or text Anthony Messuri at 339-368-4561.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
 
Have fun, stay healthy, and enjoy the Spring and Summer as much as is possible given our circumstances!
 
Best Regards,
AHC Board

by posted 05/20/2020
AHC Names Ken Simmons to Board of Directors

AHC is proud to announce the appointment of Ken Simmons to AHC's Board of Directors, where he will serve as the Director of the Intercity Travel Program.  In joining the board, Ken brings a deep commitment to Arlington and a long history with the hockey program.

Ken was born and raised in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1992.  He grew up playing hockey in the Arlington Hockey Club all the way through Bantams and then played with Arlington High School.  Ken has been involved in helping coach the instructional and developmental programs since 2015 and most recently has spent the past two years coaching with the Mite teams.  Ken and his wife Katie have two kids participating the club and a third starting in the fall.

 
We appreciate Ken's commitment to the town and are looking forward to his contributions on the board and continued leadership with teams in the program.

by posted 05/08/2020
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