Hockey Development Programs

The Hockey Development model within SWAT Hockey provides additional development opportunities and programs for all players within the organization. 
Program offerings are available for all players from Timbits through Peewee. The programs are subsidized by SWAT to ensure that there are opportunities for all players who wish to develop their skills. 

Development options for the 2021/22 season will be opened for registration starting September 16th – please make sure to check back on this page for updates. An overview of planned opportunities includes:

  • All Categories / All Tiers: Two service providers will be retained by SWAT to provide development programming to any SWAT players. Hockey Fundamentals with Paul Manning and S2 Super Skills with Serdachny Powerskating will be the skill providers for the 2021/22 season. Skate times will be organized by skill level for optimal program delivery. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis; registrater online below.  

  • U13 (Peewee): Tier 1 teams will be provided with team-based development programming by external service providers, and additional practice ice for coach-led development. A mandatory cash call will apply to cover costs. 

  • U11 (Atom): Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams will be provided with team-based development programming by external service providers, and additional practice ice for coach-led development. A mandatory cash call will apply to cover costs. 

  • U9 (Novice): Tier 1 teams will be provided with additional practice ice for coach-led development. A mandatory cash call will apply to cover costs. 

SWAT will also provide goaltending instruction for U9, U11 and U13, similar to that provided in previous years. 

2021-22 OFFERINGS:

S2 SUPER SKILLS 

In conjunction with Serdachny Powerskating & Hockey we are excited to announce Super Skills program S2 is coming for the upcoming season. This unique highly effective developmental program is specifically designed for hockey players who want to elevate the skating and skill levels.

SWAT SUPER SKILLS S2 is the ultimate skill development program for players wanting to elevate their game. The fall / winter program focuses on progressive skating and hockey skill development. The program teaches and emphasizes individualized high performance Skating and skill development. Topics covered include: proper technique, form, speed and skill as they apply specifically to the game of hockey. Too many times drills & skills are taught by demonstrating the end result and when students fall short of achieving them they do not know why. There are basic building blocks to learning all skills. With better understanding and a clear knowledgeable instruction, players are able to accelerate their learning and develop their skills to a new plateau. This is a player centered program focused on complete player development. 

All on ice sessions will be taught by professionals, lead by Serdachny Powerskating & Hockey’s Professional Skating & Hockey Skill Development coaches.

EXPERIENCE THE BEST POWERSKATING & HOCKEY INSTRUCTION IN THE WORLD. EMPHASIS WILL BE ON ADVANCED SKATING, SHOOTING, SCORING, STICK HANDLING!

This program has limited space and will fill quickly. Registration is limited and waiting lists will be kept once programs are filled to capacity. Sessions will take place at Kinsmen arena starting in October 7th.

REGISTER HERE for S2 Super Skills:
  • U9/U11 (2011 to 2014): 4:00-5:00 PM : 
    Full Year: Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, Mar 3
  • U11/U13 (2009 to 2013): 5:00-6:00 PM
    Full Year: Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, Mar 3​

This program is not a learn to skate program. Players must have basic hockey & skating skating skills to participate.

Hockey Fundamentals with Paul Manning 

Fundamentals Hockey player development is a progressive full season program that allows young players to be engaged within a development structure based on the following philosophy:

  • Emphasizes FUN! Skills and skating development should be fun but it should also emphasize the importance of focus and hard work. Improvement is more important than ability.

  • Utilizes multiple training aids and development approaches. Use of attack triangles, bank boards, target nets and sweet hands devices give kids different outlets to improve their abilities.

  • Focus on dynamic hockey development. All players benefit from time spent on completing two skills simultaneously. Whether it is making plays in traffic or puck handling at high speeds, young players must have an opportunity to work through drills dedicated to these dynamics to improve.

  • Maximizes use of ice time and efficiently incorporates all areas of the ice for skill development. Small group circuit work ensures that players are getting maximum repetitions and constantly engaged.

The focus of the program will begin with stride fundamentals. Each session will cover and revisit core skating principles (edge work, stopping, acceleration, tight turns, balance, power generation, etc.) As the season progresses, players will execute more dynamic drills, incorporating puck skills with skating. Near the end of the season, players will be tasked with performing the drills at higher speeds and intensity to develop decision making abilities at pace.

As players move through each session, they will have the opportunity to work in small groups with kids of similar ability. Generally, players will power skate as a group and then break into smaller groups to focus on skills work. Each week will focus on different skills so that at the end of the year, players have had a chance to execute all of the core skills in a variety of ways.

This program has limited space and will fill quickly. Registration is limited and waiting lists will be kept once programs are filled to capacity. Sessions will take place at Terwillegar arena starting the week of October 4th.
REGISTER HERE for Hockey Fundamentals:

  • U7 Skill Development Sessions: 4:00-5:00 @ Bill Hunter Arena
    Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2

  • U9 Skill Development Sessions: 4:30-5:30 @ Terwillegar Arena Rink C – Full (please email vp-operations@swat.ca for waitlist)
    Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28

  • U11 Skill Development Sessions: 5:45-6:45 @ Terwillegar Arena Rink C

​Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28

Goalie Skill Development Camps:
SWAT is once again pleased to announce that Ian Gordon Goaltending and Gold In The Net (GITN) will be providing development training to our SWAT U11 and U13 goaltenders. Both programs are subsidized by SWAT Hockey to ensure that there are opportunities for all players who wish to develop their hockey skills.
Both Ian Gordon and GITN provide an excellent training opportunity for goalies who want to improve the fundamentals of their game.   

GOLD IN THE NET
The GITN sessions are progressive in nature with each week building upon the previous weeks training.  Examples: Power skating to refinement of Cross Crease movements, the puck machine and shooting sessions focus on reading the play, proper positioning, save selection, rebound control and recovery.  If you are not familiar with GITN, please check out their website at www.goldinthenet.com.
 
The GITN training sessions will be at the GITN “Real Ice” training facility located in St. Albert, just off the Anthony Henday on Campbell Road.
 
There are 3 GITN training sessions to chose from, PLEASE REGISTER HERE:
  • Tuesdays at 6:15pm-7:15pm (U9, U11 & U13) *** please note that Oct 12th will be 6:45pm-7:45pm.
  • Wednesdays at 6:15pm-7:15pm (Exclusive to U11 & U13)
  • Thursdays at 5:15pm-6:15pm (U9, U11 & U13)
 There will be 20 sessions for a cost of $555.  The training sessions are set with one qualified instructor for a maximum of 3 goalies per session. Sessions begin on October 12th, 2021, and run through to March 3rd, 2022.  No sessions on December 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2021.

IAN GORDON GOALTENDING
Ian Gordon’s professional experience will aid goaltenders in their save selection, positioning and mental preparedness.  For more information, please check out his website at www.iangordongoaltending.com
 
For Ian Gordon Goaltending there are 8 training positions open to registration for our SWAT U11 and U13 goaltenders from all tiers. All Ian Gordon Goaltending training sessions will be:
  • Thursdays at Confederation Arena from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. 
  • There will be 18 sessions for a cost of $500. 
  • Sessions begin on October 7th, 2021 and run through to February 24th, 2022.  There will be no sessions on December 2nd, 23rd, or 30th, 2021.
  • Only open to U11 and U13 goalies
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE: IAN GORDON GOALTENDING