Being from Boston, I wanted to develop my skills in Canada. OHA helped me develop as a person and a player, didnt realyze how hard everyone works their. The tough games and long season helped me in attending and being very well prepared for UNH.
University of New Hampshire
5 Reasons many NCAA, CIS and National Teams Recruiters Flock to Ontario
Many NCAA and CIS players come from developing in Ontario, making it the largest producer of university and National level talent. Below are the top 5 reason recruiters flock to Ontario.
1-TALENT - The first draw for any university scout is talent and skill set of the players on the ice, and it’s in abundant in girls hockey in Ontario. “The depth in the Ontario Junior Teams is extremely strong,” said NCAA coaches at a recent camp. “It’s very competitive, the girls on the third line are either very good players, or will be because they are younger and will develop.” Ontario is the main feeder of NCAA-CIS hockey.
2- COMPETITION - Most NCAA and CIS recruiters like to evaluate players playing against the best, theirs no better way to get a great evaluation of a potential recruit. “If I am going to give a girl a quarter million dollar scholarship, I want to know what I’m getting, and I want to see them play against tough competition to get the best evaluation. “ Sorry Midget or non sanction prep hockey doesn’t cut it. Ontario is the only province that has a Junior league for women players.
3-SCHEDULE-SHOWCASES - With over 30 Junior teams in the province. plus teams from United States and other provinces adding Ontario events on their schedule, it’s relatively easy for NCAA coaches to visit the province and see lots of hockey, great players without too much effort. Weekend games and showcases allow teams to play without too much travel. “These 2 Nation, CAN-AM events are a great set-up both geographically and from a scheduling standpoint easy to watch great girls hockey. “As an assistant coach, I can go on a weekend trip and catch 20 very good teams. That’s pretty effective use of my budget and my time. The September events allows us coaches to easily scout players before our season starts." Top showcases in the world are held in Ontario.
4-DEVELOPMENT - In the recent NCAA Championship game between Minnesota and Clarkson, 90% of the players were developed either in Ontario and Minnesota. Ontario has created an environment that emphasizes player development and advancement to the next level. “It’s a proven breeding ground to get better. The Ontario programs are very well structured, and are very good organizations,” said Tom. “The league, the teams and the coaches put the time and effort into running their programs the right way.”
5- FULL DEVELOPMENT SEASON – HOCKEY CANADA SANCTIONED - Many prep school programs are not sanctioned with Hockey Canada or USA Hockey, hence they are unable to participate against top teams, play against top players and participate in top showcase events. Most prep schools are 3 sport schools and do not fallow the LTAD development plan suggested by Hockey Canada. LTAD addresses several traditional shortcomings in many programs that have led to serious deficiencies in the training and development of hockey players.
According to recent studies of elite athletes, the true indicator of whether an athlete will reach the elite level or the near-elite level appears to be in the training regimen. Practice hours in the sport of choice should increase dramatically when she is ready to specialize, for hockey players that are in the teen years, this is the most significant period for development. Developing an elite athlete takes time; studies have shown that the best athlete takes over 10,000 hours of training in a specific sport to reach an elite status. Girls at the Ontario Hockey Academy train and play a rigor hockey schedule.
What is LTAD and why programs need to model themselves around it
According to Canada’s LTAD (Long Term Athletes Development), most training environment: (www.ltad.ca)
- Most training and competition formats designed for male athletes are imposed on females.
- Preparation is geared to winning in the short-term and not long-term development. This causes girls to miss the best chance of
making big gains in training of skills, speed, stamina, strength, and suppleness.
- In the research, most programs have poor skill development. Fundamental hockey skills are not taught properly.
- Most programs have inexperienced coaches where quality coaching is essential.
- Athletes are under-trained and failure to reach optimal performance levels
We at Ontario Hockey Academy do a series of hockey specific testing so girls know where they stand. Its the starting point for athletes to build a blueprint fot their development.
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OHA STUDENT DAY
The average student athlete’s day consists of:
1 - Sleeping
2 - Class
3 - Training/Practice
4 - Studying
5 - Hanging out with friends
The OHA student athlete’s day consists of:
1 - Sleeping
2 - Class
3 - Training/Practice
4 - Studying
5 - More Training, More Practice
6 - Studying
7 - Going to bed early to start the whole
process over again
WHAT TYPES OF PLAYER ARE YOU
1A - The Thoroughbred
The athlete born with talent and has the work ethic of a champion. She is naturally better than her competitors and out works them. She’s constantly doing self-evaluations, happy what she has achieved but never content, always wants to improve her skills. Rarely satisfied with being number two. Always trying to be a little better today than yesterday. These girls are extremely concerned with preparing for a game as much as playing it, and they start in the beginning of the summer. These girls eat-sleep-train for hockey on all their spare time, they want hockey to pretty much consumes their life.
1B - The Workhorse
This is the athlete mentioned above that doesn’t have the innate talent, but works harder than anyone else. Always known as one of the hardest workers among her peers, coaches and teammates. In testing always one of the top in strength and conditioning.
2 - The Devotee
The athletes that follows the program, always working hard at practice and games. Mainly happy where she is and doesn’t seek extra help. Good work ethic, listens and will be a good player at the next level. At times these girls get frustrated since they don't receive the same amount of ice time or attention as the horses above. These girls really enjoy the game, really want hockey as part of their life, but not to consume their total life.
3 - The Excusers
Mainly blame others for their under achievements. These girls believe they work hard; unfortunately they don’t work hard enough to catch up. Cannot or will not put in what it takes to improve or become better with their weaknesses. These girls are sick more than others, miss practices more than others, are injured more than others, and have difficulties pushing themselves when they are tired and down. These players will struggle if they get to the next level.