You never know when your son might be moved to defense. The focus is on defensive skills such as “gap” control, body checking, play in front of the net, break outs, footwork/transitions and communication skills on ice. The main focus will be on “one on one” play. As your son climbs the ladder in the hockey world, being able to handle a “one on one” is essential. In our years of offering this camp we have slowly worked in more of an emphasis on 1-1 play and we feel this is the foundation that every good defensemen is built on. 1-1′s in open up, corners, in front of the net, etc.
Teaching the proper techniques and enforcing them over the week together will be the focus. A defensemen with a solid foundation of 1-1 skills will always have a place on a team. While it is called a Defensemen Camp, it is not limited to defensemen only.
We have a camper breakdown that is typically 80% defensemen/20% forwards. It is imperative for a forward to be able to play defense. The camp may have a wide variety of ages, the players will only compete against those at their same age/skill level.