What if my player is a very strong 8th grader?
The player will be placed in Bantam tryout and then moved accordingly based on evaluations during tryouts. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR U16 UNLESS YOU ARE ENTERING HIGH SCHOOL.
What if my player cannot make all 3 tryouts?
Although we cannot change your assigned group a player may miss 1 tryout and will still receive the same amount of scores and evaluation. We will never cut a player based on missing 1 tryout. If we must, we will schedule a 3rd tryout.
Why is the Conditioning Camp mandatory?
The Conditioning Camp was implemented to ensure our players are prepared for next season and ready for their parity rounds. As we evolve into a Club program we have to make sure our players are prepared to compete. We feel that getting the kid together for a week of skills and training will better serve them and the coaches for preparation for the season. We will be putting our top coaches with the players during this camp.
When is the mandatory Conditioning Camp offered?
The Conditioning Camp choices will be July 30th-August 1st, August 6th-9th, or August 20th-23rd. You can attend the 9am-12pm session or the 12pm-3pm session.
Who are the Express Coaches?
All Express coaches are paid professional coaches who are trained accordingly. Each coach completes training with owner Rob Barletta, Director Todd Stirling, and Skills Coach Jon Lounsbury prior to coaching with the Express. There are also guidelines that each coach must follow through out the season to fully develop each player on their team. Coaches are monitored through out the season on a weekly basis. To see coach bios, click here.
Who runs the weekly skill sessions?
Rob Barletta's hockey school will be running the skill sessions for all Express players. Each week our coaches will work to sharpen the individual's talents and skills. All drills are done at full speed with the coaches pushing each player to their full potential. Areas to be covered are forward and backward skating, shooting, pivoting, crossovers, stops, starts and fundamentals. You can check out RB Hockey’s website at www.rbhockey.com.
Who runs the weekly dryland sessions?
For the 2018-19 season, our dryland program has taken a major leap forward and will run out of Powerplay Strength & Conditioning, our new gym within Rodman Arena. Led by director Michelle Lounsbury, players will be put through drills to improve their agility, balance, coordination, and strength to help supplement their on ice training. Learn more about PowerPlay SC at powerplaysc.com.
Do goalies receive specialized training?
Yes. Goalies are a unique position in the game that require special training. Express goalies get a weekly skill session with our goaltending coach, Ed Kesell. Coach Kesell with be attending a weekly practice for all teams. You can check out the website at www.ngdgoalies.com.