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Hockeyforlife10 06-24-2013 12:13 PM

Bantam Tryouts
I am trying out for a team called the Calgary Royals. I am hoping to make their AA team but I am not too sure if I can. Does anyone have any advice for me when I tryout?

snizzbone 06-24-2013 01:24 PM

Go hard in the corners and don't be selfish with the puck.

fryer98 06-24-2013 01:27 PM

Move away from the puck. Too many kids at that age glide when they don't have the puck.

hockeyjack89 06-24-2013 01:43 PM

Don't be intimidated by size. Hit anyone and everyone cleanly. Even if it's your best friend, you're only friends off the ice.

McDuul 06-24-2013 01:51 PM

Don't try to be something you're not. If you realize you aren't as talented as the other kids you better be laying the body as much as you can. If you're one of the more talented kids then always be skating hard looking to make passes with the puck.

I'm just saying you better not play like a finesse player if there are 18 better finesse players out there, do what you have to in order to fill a need.

rokkinman139 06-24-2013 03:47 PM

Piggybacking off of what everyone else is saying.

Make sure you do the things you do best more than anything else. Make sure you can fill a role for a team. If you hit well, hit everything that moves. If you skate well, be the best skater, and so on and so forth. Too many kids get this notion that they have to do everything well to make a team. While it helps to be a well-rounded player, if you can be the best on the ice at something, the team is bound to take you.

Thesensation19 06-24-2013 10:24 PM

Be prepared for the tryouts. Know and believe that one kid is right now out training you that will be on that ice the same try out. Hes shooting double the amount of pucks you are, hes stick handling for an hour more than you every time. He wakes up to train when most are still sleeping. He hits the ice 3x more than you hit the ice. Hes hitting the gym, doing sprints, running miles, eating right and he cares more about improving his game then he does sleeping.

If you want to make the team, you gotta be ready to take on that guy. So to do so, you gotta train hard. Physically, mentally, spiritually.

Hop on the ice as much as you can. Mix it up between private sessions if you can, open hockey and hit public sessions for extra skating sessions. If you cant hop on the ice as much as you wish, get on the roller game. Even if its just you and a garbage can. Hit the gym or work out on your own. Depending on your age will depend on my decision to hit weights.

Work on simple work outs at first. Squats, pull ups, push ups, sprints, stairs, jumps (plyometrics). 3 days full body exercises, 1 day rest is ideal. Look up Crossfit. Look up Marv Marinovich training you tube videos. Look up sprinting training from Usain Bolt. Youtube! Google!

Have fun with it. Go to a park or find differ work outs to do in your backyard. I hit my school park every so often. Do some jumps, sprints. Do some plyometrics. Some stretches. Go to the state park next to that and do hills, climbing and jogging. Pick up rocks with my full body and carry it. Then THROW IT.

Stretch! Learn the difference betweem static, PNF and dynamic. Be careful.

Hydrate well, eat right. Sleep well.

Study the game. Never stop learning what you can do with and without the puck.

Message me for more details. I have tons of references, videos, and info. I have no problem helping anyone out with this if they messsage me, show commitment and no excuses.

Thesensation19 06-24-2013 10:26 PM

When your tryouts come along you will be in shape, you will be in hockey shape. You will be confident. Work on your mental game (like i said above) study the game. Study the skating mechanics. Study your equipment. Study, then implement.

Spiritual too. Meditate. Improve your inner self, your confidence and your courage.

When you hit the ice from weeks of training and a non stop healthy living style of improvement. You will be ready.

When you hit the ice. SKate strong, play smart. Play hard. Skill is great. But talent is nothing without hard work

CornKicker 06-25-2013 07:49 AM

are you coming from Peewee 1-2-3? 2nd year bantam? I coached AA Bantam in Calgary 6-7 years ago. i dont know whos coaching there anymore but i do know what they are looking for.

Skate your bag off. run hills and work out over the summer. We always had kids come in out of shape, some of them were great hockey players but being in shape will give you an advantage. When the coaches are talking on ice or in the room listen to every detail they are saying. When we did the draft we always took 2-3 kids based off percieved coachability. listen to the drills they explain and do them properly and fast. always work hard no matter what the drill. from warm up to end dont stop. and when you do it should be when the coaches are talking.

MeltingPlastic 06-25-2013 11:33 AM

#1 rule of tryouts, find good players and somehow get on their lines for drills and scrimmages. Playing with good players can hide some of your faults and also propels you to play at a higher level..

Besides that, as a dman, i basically just went in and leveled anyone i could and made smart quick transitions. I knew my offensive ability was not the greatest show i just showed off my defensive game

jw2 06-25-2013 03:16 PM

Try hard.
Have fun.
Always be moving, Never give up.
Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS)

Don't focus on linemates, hitting, etc. Focus on your strengths.

boo10 06-25-2013 03:49 PM

As someone that was considered a "Prospect" in my youth :laugh: I went through many camps/tryouts. My best advice to you is don't try to be something you're not. Hockey is a game of instinct and if you think too much your reactions will always be a step too slow.
Just skate hard and do what comes naturally.

Also, do not base your opinion of your own abilities on whether or not you make the team. Often there is only one or two spots open and things other than ability come into play.

Good luck!

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