U16 Academy Team Overview

U16 ACADEMY TEAM PAGE

Welcome to the U16 Boston Academy Team Page

Academy Development Philosophy

"The Boston Hockey Academy Player Development Model integrates individual strengths combined with elements of advanced team play. This is relevant to what the highest levels of the game require today." -- Scott Fitzgerald, Director of College Scouting, Boston Bruins 

The Boston Hockey Academy Player Development Model focuses on the player as a whole person and works to ensure they are not only prepared to play at the highest levels of hockey, but that they are also are provided the academic and life skills necessary beyond the rink.

Our development model has been developed based on the following principles:

  • Adopting a player-centered individualized approach
  • Not treating the development of all players the same way
  • Integrating the individual into team dynamics
  • Building academic and life skills in the player
  • Ensuring players are of high character and prepared for life in the world
  • Understanding player development is a multi-year process

Parents are vital to a student’s development are encouraged talk to us on how we will develop players at each level in the Academy.

Overview

The goal of the U16 team is to immerse players in the necessary foundational training to prepare them for Junior, NCAA or pro hockey. Based on the player's individual development plan, we work with each athlete on the individual parts of their game to help them advance. We then ensure their strengths are integrated into the overall team objectives.  We also focus on teaching good practice habits, role definition, time management, nutrition, and other important factors that will be necessary for them to succeed at their next stage of development.

Highlights

  • 50+ Games
  • 8-10 Major Showcase Events
  • 5 hours of practice weekly
  • 3 hours off ice training weekly
  • 2 video sessions weekly

Also, we also begin focusing on their advancement and exposure opportunities and will work with each family to begin to sort out the options that will be available to them in a two years when they graduate.

U16 Success Outcomes

A player who completes the U16 level of the Academy should be able to:

  • Understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to improve them
  • Have a sense of their place within the team environment and the roles they can play
  • Monitor and manage their time effectively
  • Nutrition habits for maximum performance
  • The importance of mental preparation in performance
  • Communicate with coaches and teachers effectively and advocate for themselves

 

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