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How Our Mentorship Program Works...
Pre Camp Workout Program
Players receive a 7-week workout to complete prior to arrival at camp. It is imperative that they arrive at camp fully conditioned, to make the most out of their training and perform at their best in the Showcase Tournament.
The first week of all mentorship programs focus on evaluation and assessment of individual skills, as well as team systems, game concepts and scrimmage in order to prepare for the showcase. Following the Chowder Cup Tournament, we address weaknesses observed and work to correct deficiencies.
Chowder Cup Tournament
At the end of week one, we travel to the Chowder Cup Tournament. This is an elite showcase with top scouts from prep schools, junior programs, college and even pro hockey teams. We participate in this tournament for your child to gain exposure and for our staff to evaluate your game play. Games take place at various rinks in the Greater Boston area.
Combine Style Testing
Not only does this allow us a full evaluation of each player on and off ice, but it prepares the skater for future combines and invites to main camps. We compare student's results year to year and against their age group, to quantify their strengths and weaknesses.
In addition to our daily coaches corner, players meet individually with Graeme to set attainable short and long range goals as well as discuss the path to reach those goals.
Year Round Mentorship
Players have access to Townshend Hockey Staff throughout the following year for advice, continued suggestions for improvement and guidance on how to position themselves for success.
Game Film Analysis
Part of the year-round mentorship program is the ability to submit game film to the Townshend Hockey staff for feedback.
Year Round Mentorship Program
The highly successful Townshend Hockey mentorship program is back for our 10th year. I started this program to address a need in the development process that was not being met, that being detailed feedback. Most families send their kids off to tryouts and camps and fail to gain the detailed knowledge of their child's deficiencies and precisely how to fix them.
Our program currently has over 25 players at either the NCAA Division 1 level , Canadian Hockey League (CHL) or about enter the Division 1 and CHL level. We specialize in the development and ultimately the advancement of the "fringe" player. These are kids who never seem to get all the attention due to weaknesses in their game or geographic location. They either don't realize that their weaknesses exist, have never been told they exist or haven't been told precisely how to fix them.
Our program is successful due to the three-phased approach we take.
1. Skill analysis, diagnosis, and enhancement
2. Game evaluation and detailed feedback
3. On-going mentorship
Players need to receive detailed feedback during the season, at season's end and after tryouts. Parents are often left trying to interpret an evaluator's verbal critique of their child's performance, without knowledge of "how" to fix the issues and in some cases don't understand the terminology the coach is using.
During the ups and downs of a long youth hockey season, many players struggle with issues in communicating with their coaches, teammates and just simply understanding what it is their coaches want them to do. Our program fills these gaps and offers personal one on one attention and feedback, which is laid out in terms the whole family can understand.
Families are encouraged to reach out to Graeme Townshend to give updates, seek advice, guidance, and encouragement throughout the season long after camp is over.
We offer programs for boys and girls all age levels from 12-20 years of age.
Our students spend 5 days in our skill analysis and development program where they receive 22 hours of a detailed breakdown of the athletes physical and mental skills, including game skills.
Our on ice coaches and mental skills coaches evaluate each player's needs and address these needs with challenging and progressive drills that I have developed for all of my pros over the years.
We then attend the Chowder Cup tournament in Boston, where the players' game skills are evaluated using the same criteria we use to evaluate prospective NCAA and NHL candidates. Then we head back to campus for either one more week or two weeks, depending on the age level, for 22-44 hours of on ice refinement based on our findings from their tournament play. The girl's program will compete in the Women's Beantown Classic in Boston. Students are given an at home training program which is designed to allow the player to continually improve on what they learned at camp.
Each student is encouraged to communicate with Graeme for our on-going, year-round mentorship program. This includes game video analysis, advice on how to get feedback from coaches, how to get the most out of the ice time you're receiving, how to continually improve once you've left camp, goal setting and how to take the necessary steps to achieve your goals, guidance on which teams to try out for and what leagues you should play in, how to get the attention of junior, Prep school and college coaches and how to give them what they're looking for.
Boarding Camp Features
"Live and Train Like a Pro"
• NHL Combine style On Ice and Off Ice Testing
• Full-Time Equipment Manager
• Full-Time Nurse/Trainer
• Free Stick and Sock Tape
• Free Skate Sharpening
• Professional On and Off Ice Apparel
• Professional Individual Evaluations
• 22 Hours On Ice Training
• NHL Strength Coach designed Off Ice Training
• Daily Coaches Corner (chalk talk)
• Three Nutritious Meals a Day
Typical Day at our Boarding Camps
6:30 AM - Wake Up
7:00-7:30 - Breakfast
8:00-10:00 - Ice
10:20-Noon Off Ice: Strength/Speed Training
Noon-12:30 - Lunch
1:00-3:00 - Ice
3:20-5:30 - Off Ice: Stickhandling/Shooting
5:30-6:15 - Dinner
6:15-7:00 - Coaches Corner
7:00-8:30 - Activity
8:30-9:30 - Free Time
9:30-10:00 - In Rooms
10:00 PM - Lights Out