Youth Hockey - Gloucester, MA Youth Hockey - Rockport, MA North Shore Youth Hockey - North of Boston

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At the Midget level for boys and girls, players should focus on the skill progressions listed below: 


Players should know: 

·         Rules 

    • checking 
    • hitting from behind 

·         Common Infractions 

    • slashing 
    • hitting from behind 
    • charging 
    • boarding 
    • unsportsmanlike conduct 
    • interference 
    • holding 

·         Penalties 

    • penalty shot 
    • misconduct 
    • match 
    • order how combined penalties are served 
    • fighting 
    • attempt to injure 

Goal Setting

Players should: 

·         Establish specific and measurable performance goals that are written, shared with their coach and revised on a regular basis to promote development.

Example: to develop one time in shooting. Be able to one time successfully 7 shots out of 10 shots. 

·         Divide performance goals into broad categories. Daily tasks should then be planned on the goals set 

    • long term - one season 
    • intermediate - 6-10 games or practices 
    • short term - 1-5 games or practices 

·         Be able to engage in evaluations of your performance at practices and games. Re-adjust goals based on those evaluations.

·         Set goals that encompass a variety of areas in your development including skills, tactics, fitness and team play.

·         Demonstrate external motivation.


    • show intensity during practices and games 
    • be attentive and dedicated to train 
    • show evidence of independence as a player 

·         Have a written plan to demonstrate a systematic approach to training. Practice good habits in nutrition and overall good health.

·         Use a training log book to keep track of your performance goals, nutrition habits and mental preparation. 

Individual Hockey Skills

Players should continue to master all the skills listed for the previous levels including the following: 

·         Skating 

    • all the skills mentioned in the above levels and add power, speed, quickness and agility. 
    • forward reverse stepout 

·         Puck Control 

    • fake shot 
    • spin around 
    • slip around 
    • double shift 
    • stop and go 
    • grandstand 
    • change of pace 
    • puck protection 

·         Passing and Receiving 

    • surround the puck 
    • snap 
    • receiving (skate) 
    • receiving (hand) 
    • block and drop 
    • one touch pass 
    • flip - saucer pass (forehand and backhand) 
    • wrap around 
    • breakout 
    • alley-oop 

·         Shooting 

    • wrist 
    • backhand 
    • snap 
    • flip 
    • slap 
    • one timer 
    • inside shot 
    • drive shot 
    • roofing 

·         Checking 

    • covering 
    • taking a check 
    • shoulder check 
    • hip check 
    • angling 
    • body check 
    • positioning 
    • closing the gap 
    • pinning 
    • backchecking 
    • body position 
    • contain/stall 
    • block check 
    • roll check 

·         Goal Keeping 

    • playing angles 
    • situations 
    • rebound control 
    • moving behind the net 
    • stopping the puck along the boards 
    • poke checking 
    • positioning 
    • face-offs 
    • deflection and screens 
    • play at the post 
    • clearing/passing 

Team Play

Player should understand and learn: 

·         Offense 

    • offense in the defensive zone 
    • offense in the neutral zone 
    • offense in the offensive zone 
    • power play systems 
    • face-offs 
    • transition 
    • support 
    • puck control 
    • dump ins 
    • wide rim 
    • cycling 
    • attacking the zone 

·         Defense 

    • one man forecheck 
    • two man forecheck 
    • backchecking (neutral zone) 
    • center on point defensive coverage 
    • wing on point defensive coverage 
    • man short situations 
    • pressure 
    • stall/contain 
    • support 
    • transition 
    • zone coverage 
    • man to man coverage 
    • backside coverage 
    • sagging coverage 
    • shot blocking 


Players should continue following all the information listed previously for all the levels including the following: 

·         Be able to identify the appropriate amount and types of food from the four basic food groups. 


Eat A Variety Of Foods From Each Group Every Day 


Food Group

per Day

Food Sources

Meats & Alternative


Lean meat, fish, liver, poultry (skin removed), low-fat cheeses, eggs, peas, beans, nuts

Milk Products


Low-fat or fat-free milk and cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, sherbet, ice milk, fruit shakes

Grain Products


 Whole grain and enriched cereals and breads, pasta, pancakes, steamed or boiled rice, crackers, bagels, muffins

Fruits & Vegetables


Fruits and vegetables - fresh, dried, frozen, canned and in juices

·         Be able to make wise decisions about what to eat before, during and after games and practices. 

·         Be able to devise and follow a daily eating plan that consists of sound nutritional choices to enhance athletic performance.

·         Players must know to drink fluids before, during and after games and practices. Additionally, they need to know which fluids work best:

    • Before games/practices: water 
    • During games/practices: water, sports drink, diluted juice 
    • After games/practices: water, sports drink, juice 

·         Eat four or five small meals on game day rather than two or three large meals. 

·         Allow two to six hours for digestion and absorption of food before competition. Follow these general guidelines: 

    • Time To Digest Meals
      •  Large Meals: 3 to 4 hours
      •  Small Meals: 2 to 3 hours
      •  Blender/Liquid Meal: 1 to 2 hours

 *Note: meals high in fat or protein will take longer to digest than carbohydrate ones. 

Fitness and Training

Players should learn all of the exercises and activities listed previously for all levels including the following: 

·         Fitness and training components 

    • overloading 
    • flexibility 
    • speed/quickness workouts 
    • strength workouts 
    • power workouts 
    • aerobic workouts 
    • anaerobic workouts 
    • set realistic goals to improve weak areas 
    • understand the importance of improving athleticism 

·         Have a clear understanding of the purpose for each training phase prior to implementing them: 

A. Post Season Recovery 

active rest 


B. Spring Conditioning 

aerobic endurance 

muscular endurance 

begin sprint workout 

C. Summer Strength 

muscular strength 

increase muscle mass 

continue sprint workouts 

D. Early Fall Speed/Power 


begin anaerobic endurance intervals 

leg power: weights and plyometrics 

upper body strength 

E. Pre-Season Anaerobic Conditioning 

sprints and anaerobic endurance 

muscular strength 

leg power (speed/strength) 

upper body strength (without weights) 

lower body power (sprints and plyometrics) 

F. In Season 

maintain upper and lower body strength (with and without weights) 

Injury Prevention

·         Players should know: 

    • the Heads Up Hockey program 
    • safety precautions for practice 
    • the importance of warm-up, stretching and cool down 
    • proper care of equipment 
    • that proper fitness and conditioning is a key element in preventing injuries as well as improving athletic performance and understand the concept of R.I.C.E. for treating injuries:
      • R rest 
      • I ice 
      • C compression 
      • E elevation 

Sports Psychology

·         Players should: 

·         Understand basic visualization skills (i.e., can picture breaking up a 2 on 1 or making a great pass). 

·         Develop a pre-game and post game routine. 

·         Learn and practice relaxation exercises. 

·         Develop an air of confidence, good body posture and appear in emotional control at all times. 

·         Focus on things you can control and give 100% at all times. 

·         Understand the benefits of and use of positive self-talk at the rink: Realize that positive comments help reduce stress, enhance self-image and can increase "fun" at practices and games.

·         Be able to control your breathing patterns in difficult and intense situations during games and practices. 

·         Understand the importance of keeping competition in the proper perspective. 

·         Take mistakes as a challenge to improve and learn. 

·         Never allow setbacks to interfere with long range goals. 

Character Development and Life Skills

Players must learn to: 

·         realize the importance of honesty and integrity in and away from the arena 

    • learn to accept responsibility for your actions and athletic performance 
    • learn coping strategies to deal with peer pressure 
    • ability to balance school, social activity, sports and family 
    • develop a sense of team commitment 
    • not abuse controlled substance and participate in anti-drug programs 
    • appreciate the benefits received from hockey and be willing to give back to the sport 
    • learn the meaning of adversity 
    • learn to cope with adversity and to meet challenges head on