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IYHA Spring Programming Announced!

By Derek Edwardson, 12/26/17, 2:30PM EST


Save the date for this year's Spring Tournament Teams, Squirt Prep, Goalie Clinic, Spring Clinic and our first ever Summer Day Camp - "Hometown Heroes"

The IYHA is pleased to announce our 2018 Spring programming. Registration for all events will open shortly after the New Year.

Spring tournament teams are back! (2009-2004 birthdates)

The Racers will send three teams to “North America’s Premier AAA/AA Spring Tournament” the Chi-town Shuffle on April 20-22. Tryouts will be one night only on March 26 at the Arctic Zone. We will select a U10 team made up of 2008 and 2009 born players, a U12 team of 2006 and 2007 born players and a U14 team of 2004 and 2005 born players. Players will receive two sets of jerseys and socks to wear for the tournament. Registration is required prior to tryouts. Refunds will be granted to those that do not make the team minus a $15 admin fee. Players from all organizations are welcome! Coaches will be announced prior to tryouts.

Squirt Prep 2018 (2009 birthdates only)

All 2009 born players considering travel or select hockey in the 2018-2019 season are encouraged to attend this year’s Squirt Prep. Beginning March 29th, players will get 7 weeks of on ice, classroom and video instruction to gear up for full ice squirt hockey. Learn off-sides, icing, full ice (5v5) positioning, line changes and much more from Derek Edwardson and his crew of IYHA player mentors. Along with Coach Edwardson, your mite graduates will be placed in small groups to be mentored by older travel players who have demonstrated superior leadership and team play during the past season. Clinic will be capped at 28 skaters. Full time goalies can skate for free. Players from all organizations are welcome!

Spring Goalie Clinic with Willie Mitchell (All ages)

Join former NCAA division 1 head coach, IYHA Goalie Development Coordinator and Just Goalies founder Willie Mitchell to hone your goalie skills this spring. We will have a goalie only session with Willie once per week. All registered goalies will also skate with the IYHA travel clinic during weekly game nights to apply your newly learned skills in game situations. The clinic will run for 6 weeks beginning April 12 and culminating the week of travel tryouts in May. Players from all organizations are welcome!

Elite Spring Training (2003-2000 birthdates)

Designed for AAA level 2000-2003 born players looking to prepare for Mid Am Select Tryouts, Combines, USHL/NAHL/Junior tryouts and our own U16 AAA tryouts. This session is invite only. We will skate twice per week and train off ice on those nights before the ice session. This camp will be intense with a progressive curriculum building up to Mid AM District Tryouts in May and Junior camps and showcases throughout the spring and summer. You only get one chance to make a first impression, make sure you’re ready!

Spring Skills Clinic (2009-2004 birthdates)

Our most popular off season program for the past several years has been our Spring Skills Clinic.

For travel and more experienced select level players, this year we are offering a 6 week clinic, two nights per week for those looking to sharpen their skating and puckhandling skills in time for travel tryouts in May. IYHA Director Derek Edwardson, Olympic Figure Skating Coach Serguei Zaitsev, US National Champion skater Nick Anderson and other guest IYHA coaches will provide the skill instruction for our U10-U14 travel level players.

For those looking for only one night a week to improve your skills or to supplement your spring sports schedule, we will be running an 8 week house/select level clinic from March 26-May 22. Sessions will be run by Derek Edwardson along with other guest coaches. Ice times will consist of equal parts skill drills and competitive games. Players from all organizations are welcome!

Hometown Heroes Summer Camp (2011-2006 birthdates)

For the first time ever, the IYHA will be running our own full day, week long summer camp June 11th-15th at the Carmel Ice Skadium. It will be a unique and exciting experience for Indy area players. Each day will feature a local player who has gone on to play NCAA college and/or professional hockey. The player will be on ice to help teach skills, but more importantly, help give local players role models to look up to and prove that you can make it in hockey from the state of Indiana. Each day will finish with a Q&A session open to all players and parents with the day’s featured “Hometown Hero”.

Not only will your player be inspired by local players that have reached some of the highest levels of hockey, he or she will get top notch instruction on skating, puckhandling, passing, puck protection, scoring, battling and defending from the top local coaches led by IYHA Director Derek Edwardson.

The week will finish with on ice testing and video recording of each player’s skating, puckhandling and shooting. This video will be analyzed, edited and returned to each player with audio comments and instruction on what can be easily fixed and worked on throughout the season. This is the only summer camp where you go home with tangible, individual feedback from a trained professional, not a camp counselor, that you can reference throughout the year to make you a better hockey player.

Groups of 2011-2009 birthdates and 2008-2006 birthdates will be capped at 28 skaters each. No longer will you be in a group of 50+ players to wait in line for 80% of your time on the ice. Registration will open in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for this year’s “Hero” announcements throughout the spring!

Mark your calendars for Hometown Heroes June 11-15, 2018!